Thursday, August 26, 2021

It's Time to SALE-A-Brate again!


Welcome to the Creative Card-iology Team August Blog Hop - we are so glad you've joined us!  After you are finished here at my blog, I hope you'll check out my teammate's projects as well.  You can hop along with us by clicking on the links to their blogs toward the bottom of this post.  We always appreciate your feedback, so please let us know you've stopped by and leave a comment.

Our theme this month is Sale-A-Bration!  I know, I know - it’s not winter!  But Stampin’ Up! scheduled a second Sale-A-Bration this year, and it continues through the end of September.  There are some awesome stamp sets, papers and dies that you can get free with $50 or $100 purchases. 

This month’s project inspiration came from a card I saw as I was scrolling Pinterest.  I don’t remember who created the project, although I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a Stampin’ Up! stamp used.  I’m not sure I could even find the card again!  I’m horrible at taking note of where I saw something, so I apologize to the creator of the card for not being able to give credit.  I was just very drawn to the combination of embossing and coloring on navy cardstock.  I’ve spent several nights since I saw the card trying out various embossing powders, cardstock colors and different colored pencils to color with.

When I first saw the card while scrolling, I thought the simple elegance of the card would be very suited to a sympathy card I needed to make for a co-worker.  And the Delicate Dahlias stamp set (free with $100 purchase) might be the perfect set to use for my card.


 I often find it hard to convey to someone who has experienced such a devastating loss how sorry I am for what they are going through, but I hope that I can share a little bit of my heart through creating a card.  

I stayed with the initial combination I saw of gold embossing powder and blue colored pencils on Night of Navy Cardstock.  I prepared my Night of Navy card base by cutting a sheet of cardstock in half to measure 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" and then scoring at 4-1/4.  I created a gold frame from a piece of gold foil cardstock using 2 rectangle dies from the Stitched Rectangles collection, the inside rectangle die being 2 sizes smaller than the larger one leaving me about 1/4" frame all the way around.  Doing that left me enough room for my stamped and embossed layer to have something to be adhered to and allowed me to have a stitched rectangle shape that I can use on another project and not cover up all of the beautiful gold foil!

I cut a piece of navy cardstock about 4” x 5-1/4" and trimmed as needed to leave about 1/8" of the gold foil frame showing when the layer would be adhered to the frame.  I then stamped my floral images and sentiment onto the layer with Versamark ink, applied gold embossing powder from the Metallics Emboss Powders collection and used my heat tool to make the magic happen!  I like using the Stamparatus when stamping in Versamark ink so that I can stamp a second time if my first impression wasn’t clear enough.

I then colored in my images with Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Night of Navy and Coastal Cabana watercolor pencils.  After coloring the images, I adhered my stamped layer to the gold foil frame, and then adhered that to my card front.

I decided to be a little non-traditional and emboss my stamped sentiment and a floral image on the inside of the navy cardbase as well.  I used stamps from the Quiet Meadow stamp set for the inside of my card.  I also cut a piece of Navy cardstock to fit the flap of my envelope and stamped, embossed and colored floral images from the Quiet Meadow and Delicate Dahlias stamp sets on the flap.  Of course, using the navy cardstock meant I needed a pen that would show up on the dark background.  A gold metallic gel pen did the job splendidly! 



I hope you enjoyed this project!  The metallic embossing powders give such an elegant impression and work beautifully for so many projects.  Can you imagine it for wedding invitations or a set of thank you or encouragement cards to gift someone along with a metallic pen for writing a note?  What other projects would you create with this technique?

There’s a new mini catalog available now with gorgeous fall, holiday and winter stamp sets, tools and papers, and you can check out the new products when you visit my online store.  To check out the products used for today’s blog project, you can click on the links below. 

This second Sale-A-Bration brings with it great hosting benefits and also a great join special - $125 in product for just $99 plus a free bundle from the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog.  If you’d like to hear more about this awesome opportunity to share your love of stamping, you can click here: Tell me more!, comment below or reach out to me through email at kimskeepsakecreations@gmail.com. 

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Thanks for hopping with us today!  Don’t forget to follow the links below to visit my teammates’s blogs! 

Diana's Blog

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Pocket Card with Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper


Welcome to the Creative Card-iology Team July Blog Hop - we are so glad you've joined us!  After you are finished here at my blog, I hope you'll check out my teammate's projects as well.  You can hop along with us by clicking on the links to their blogs toward the bottom of this post.  We always appreciate your thoughts, so please let us know you've stopped by and leave a comment.

Select DSP collections are on sale at 15% off through August 2, and we are celebrating those collections in our blog posts this month.  There are so many things you can do with patterned paper that it was a challenge to decide which paper to focus on and how I was going to use it in a project!  You can use patterned papers as the main background on a card base, trimmed in strips or shapes, die cut or punched to form flowers or other embellishments, stamped on, scored and folded to form more complex cards, and so much more. 


I decided to search Pinterest for patterned paper ideas to get some inspiration, and I came across a Pocket Card by Lynn Dunn of stamptasticdesigns.com that I loved.  Here is my version of the pocket card using the Beauty of the Earth DSP collection.



I cut a piece of DSP in half to 6" x 12", being careful to cut the paper so that the leaves on the inside of the pocket would be going in the right direction.  I placed this paper on my paper trimmer with the long side against the top and scored it at 4-1/4" and at 8-1/2" (the vertical scores).  Turning the paper so that the short edge was against the top edge of the trimmer, I made a long score at 1/2" along what would be the bottom edge of the card base (the horizontal score).

I cut up from the bottom along the vertical score lines just to the horizontal score, and then in from each side along the horizontal score, just to the vertical score marks.  This left a 1/2" strip in the center that I folded up toward what would be the inside of my pocket.

I then lined up my paper along the cutting channel of my trimmer with the top of one of the vertical score lines at the top and the outside corner of the paper to make a diagonal cut along the outer flap.  This diagonal cut was repeated on the opposite flap.

I added some adhesive to the outside of the folded up 1/2" strip at the bottom and folded the shorter flap over the center folded up 1/2" strip, lining up the bottom edges.  Adding more adhesive along the bottom edge, I folded the other outside flap and adhered it to this bottom edge to form my pocket card base.  I wrapped a piece of Cherry Cobbler and Gold Ribbon (a sneak peek product from the new Mini Catalog coming in August) around the pocket card and adhered the edges together in the front at the cross point of the flaps.  Another piece of the ribbon was formed into a loop and adhered to the front of the pocket. 

Using the Double Oval Punch, I punched a Basic White oval and a scalloped Merry Merlot oval and then stamped my thank you sentiment on the white oval in Merry Merlot ink.  These ovals were glued together and then adhered on top of the ribbons with Dimensionals.

For the inside card piece, I cut a piece of Merry Merlot cardstock measuring 5-3/4" by 4-1/8" and a piece of Basic White measuring 5-1/2" by 3-7/8".  I lined up the top edges of these pieces together and die cut the curved edge using a die from the Basic Border Dies collection.  I then stamped the sentiment and tree from the Beauty of Friendship stamp set on the white piece.  The stamped white layer was then adhered to the Merry Merlot layer and a strip of the DSP was glued to the bottom of the white layer.  I added some Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots (a sneak peek product from the new Mini Catalog coming in August) along the top.

I also used the DSP to decorate the flap of my card by lining up the fold of the flap with the bottom of the DSP and tracing the edge of the flap with pencil, cutting along the pencil line and gluing the cut piece to my flap.


I hope you enjoyed this project!  There are so many possibilities for creating with patterned paper.  I hope you’ll check out all the beautiful paper designs that Stampin’ Up! has to offer and maybe take advantage of the sale on select collections through August 2.  Follow this link, DSP Sale, to see those gorgeous paper collections at great prices!

The Beauty of Friendship stamp set and Beauty of the Earth DSP are some of my favorite products from the annual catalog, and are ones I'm sure I will find myself using quite a bit in the near future.  I have need for quite a few thank you cards for friends and family who have been such a great help in my recent move to a new home.  I'm still unpacking my stamping supplies, but will be back to doing live videos very soon!

If you'd like to get more in-depth instructions and tips on how I made this card, keep watch on my Facebook page, Kim's Keepsake Creations, where I will be doing a live video as soon as I get my stamping supplies a bit more settled!

Thanks for hopping along with us today! As always, if you'd like to check out the products used for my project, you can click on the links below or stop by my online shop here.  I'd love to connect with you through my newsletter and share inspiration, updates on what's happening with Stampin' Up! and information on any scheduled classes.  Just click here to fill out the form to opt in to my newsletter and receive a free tutorial as well!

Don't forget to check out my teammates' blogs by following the links below:

Bonnie's Blog

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Creative Card-iology Team Monthly Blog Hop - For the Guys


 

We're celebrating Stampin' Up!'s new kit collection for this month's Creative Card-iology Team Blog Hop.  Each of the kits in the collection contains everything needed to make the projects, some include stamps and ink and others are non-stamping kits.  These kits are perfect for anyone who wants quick and easy projects, whether a new or an experienced crafter. 



I chose the "For the Guys" card kit because I love the outdoor/mountain theme, and I thought it would be great to use the stamp set for my Father's Day card this month.  This kit makes 10 cards (5 each of 2 designs), and includes the stamp set and block, an ink spot, card bases, envelopes, adhesives, and all die cuts needed. The cards were so easy to put together!



When I saw this kit, I thought it would coordinate nicely with the Mountain Air bundle.  So once I put the cards together, I used the stamp set, along with discarded pieces from the kit and the Mountain Air bundle to make my Father's Day card.  


I used Crumb Cake cardstock for my cardbase, first cutting it to 10" by 7" and scoring and folding it to form a 5" x 7" card.  I also cut the layers I would need for the rest of my card.  Working from the cardbase up, these layers were:

Layer 1:  Mossy Meadow - 4.5" x 6.5"
Layer 2:  Basic White - 4.25" x 6.25"
Layer 3:  Crumb Cake - 2.75" x 6.25"
Layer 4:  Gray Granite - 2.5" x 6.25"
Layer 5:  Mint Macaron - 1.5" x 6.25"
Layer 6:  Mossy Meadow - 1.25" x 6.25"
Layer 7:  Crumb Cake - 4" x 5.25" (for shield)
Layer 8:  Basic White - 4.75" x 6.75" (for inside card)

Using a pencil and the template formed where I punched out my mountain ranges for my kit cards, I traced mountain ranges onto the Crumb Cake Layer 3 and Gray Granite Layer 4.  When I reached the end of the template (but not the end of my 6.25" layer), I flipped the template over and kept tracing until I reached the end of my layer.  I used Paper Snips to cut the mountain ranges.




I stamped and die cut some pine trees from the center of the Mossy Meadow Layer 1 using the Mountain Air stamp set and coordinating dies and Mossy Meadow ink.  Using the Stamparatus, I stamped the range of trees on the Mossy Meadow Layer 6, and then moved my plate down the hinge to stamp the tree range again so that my full 6.25" was stamped with a tree range. 




I figured out where I wanted to stamp my sun on the Basic White Layer 2 by placing the layer on the Stamparatus, lining up the Crumb Cake Layer 3 mountain range with the bottom of the Basic White layer, and then placing the sun stamp where it would peek up over the mountain range.  I flipped my Stamparatus plate down to the base so that the sun stamp would cling to the plate, lifted the plate and removed the Crumb Cake mountain range.  Now I was ready to ink up my sun and stamp it onto the Basic White Layer 2.

I first inked up my sun stamp with Daffodil Delight ink.  Using Blender Brushes, I tapped Flirty Flamingo and Calypso Coral ink onto the sun stamp as well.  Making sure my Stamparatus magnets were in place, I closed the lid and stamped my sun onto the Basic White Layer 2.  Using the sun rays stamp from the For the Guys kit, I followed the same inking procedure and stamped around my sun 3 times, starting from the top center and then to both sides.  I adhered the Mossy Meadow Layer 1 and stamped Basic White Layer 2 to my card base.


I then layered my mountain range Layers 3 and 4, the Mint Macaron Layer 5, and the Mossy Meadow tree Layer 6 onto my card front.  Using glue dots and dimensionals, I adhered the stamped die cut trees along the bottom edge of my card front.

One of my favorite memories of time with my dad during my childhood is going with him on Sunday afternoons to read Scripture, often from the Psalms, to my great-grandmother who was confined to bed at the time.  I wanted to include some Scripture verses from the Psalms on my Father's Day card, and in Psalm 84:11 it says "For the Lord God is a sun and shield".  The For the Guys card kit stamps were so perfect for this passage!  I formatted the Scripture passage on my computer so that it would fit into the shield frame (left from punching out shield die cuts for my cards).  I then printed the verse onto the Crumb Cake Layer 7 and cut it out with Paper Snips.  I brushed the edges of the shield with Mossy Meadow ink, and then adhered the shield to my card front with dimensionals.  I also stamped the bird image from the Mountain Air stamp set several places on the Basic White Layer 2.


For the inside of my card, I stamped the sun rays and "Happy" and "Father's Day" sentiments from the For the Guys card kit onto my Basic White inside Layer 8.  I also printed a second verse at the bottom of the inside layer.  

I hope you've enjoyed this glimpse at the For the Guys card kit, and seeing how you can keep on using the stamps even after your card kits have been put together!  

Thanks for hopping along with us today! If you'd like to check out the products used for my project, you can click on the links below or stop by my online shop here.  I'd love to connect with you through my newsletter and share inspiration, updates on what's happening with Stampin' Up! and information on any scheduled classes.  Stamping with friends is a lot of fun, and card kits make it so easy! If you'd like to gather a few friends together and have some fun with the kit collection, I'd love to help you with that!  Just click here to fill out the form to opt in to my newsletter or let me know how I can help you, and you'll receive a free tutorial as well!

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