Whale of a Tag

Whale, hello there!

That’s the punny saying on this cute card which was made with Message in a Bottle stamp set.

I have just returned from a family camping trip in beautiful Bandon Oregon, just steps from the Pacific Ocean, so this card seemed fitting.  I can’t say that I saw any whales on this trip, but I have in the past and it’s such a sight!

The wavy background was made with Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and then I accented with a few small pieces of Bundle of Love DSP.

Message in a Bottle, Stampin' Up

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Message in a Bottle

If I’ve told you once…

I’ve told you a thousand times…I love you!  That’s the message in these pretty bottles!

Message in a Bottle with Tree Rings, Stampin' Up!

I’ve mentioned before that the colors in Coffee Break Designer Series Paper make me happy and really speak to me, so it seemed perfectly natural when I reached for it to make this project.  My card today features a stamp set called Message in a Bottle and I chose to make a background using the Tree Rings stamp.

I took my color cues from the designer paper and stamped three bottles, alternating between Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz and Early Espresso.  I used some Glitter Enamel Dots (#144200) as an accent which added a bit of glam to this otherwise “earthy” card.  Those enamel dots are so much prettier in real life and they really do sparkle!

We often go camping on the Oregon coast and have taken many walks on the beach.  To date I have never found a bottle with a message in it, but I always keep my eyes open for the possibility!  One never knows…

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Coffee Makes Me Happy!

I can’t start my day without a cup of coffee.  Don’t even talk to me until I’ve had a cup!  It took my husband a long time to learn this and while he now knows it, he sure doesn’t understand it.  He has joked that I should just hook up to an I-V filled with coffee!  Nope, it’s the flavor and smell that I love…an I-V won’t work!

Coffee Cafe Bundle, Foil Frenzy and Bundle of Love DSP

This coffee card features a background of the lovely Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper, and yes, those are metallic polka dots in Soft Sky!  It’s so much prettier in real life!  There are three other foil colors in this pack besides the Soft Sky…there’s Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Tangerine Tango.  All are simply gor-ge-ous!!

Then I used a piece of Bundle in Love Designer Series Paper behind the coffee cup.  The words are stamped in Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla card stock and then I pieced in the three words that are stamped with Early Espresso ink on Soft Sky card stock.

If you love coffee the way that I do, you’ve might need the Coffee Cafe Bundle so that you can make your own coffee cards.  I see myself buying a lot of coffee stand gift cards in the future as a great way to say “thank you”, complete with a hand-made card!

Order your own bundle today by clicking on the product picture below and you’ll be taken to my Stampin’ Up store.

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Coffee Cafe in Gold

Coffee is golden when you pair Stampin’ Up’s Coffee Cafe Bundle with the new Bundle of Love Designer Series Paper!  Each sheet of this beautiful paper has one side that is gold embossed and it’s just gorgeous!  The opposite sides of each sheet are patterns in either Soft Sky or Blushing Bride.

Coffee Cafe with Bundle of Love Designer Series Paper

Coffee Cafe with Bundle of Love Designer Series Paper

I hope you’ve enjoyed my golden coffee card today!  If you need any of the products to make your own card, feel free to click on one of the pictures below and you’ll be transported to my Stampin’ Up store.

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Wood Crate with Coffee Cafe

 

Coffee Cafe and pop up Wood Crate

 

My life is full of coffee lovers (including myself!), so I had to order the Coffee Cafe Bundle (#145331 ) as soon as it was available. I also had to have the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper because the colors in it really speak to me and I just fell in love with it at first glance!

Wood Crate with Coffee Cafe

The inside of this card is where the magic happens.  I made a crate using the new Wood Crate Framelit (#143730), stamping it with Hardwood (#133035), cutting out the bottom sections of the crate before assembling and then adhering it to the inside of the card.  It folds flat when you close the card and is put together similarly to the “card in a box” technique which became popular over the past couple of years.

I glued a section of a punched circle next to the crate and used it as a pocket for a gift card.

3D Wood crate inside coffee card

Here’s another picture.  The images inside the crate are cut from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (#144155).

Coffee crate 3D card with Coffee Cafe and Wood Crate Framelit

I hope you like this card and will find time to make your own!  If you need any of the products, just click on one of the pictures below which will take you to my Stampin’ Up store.
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You, My Friend, are Priceless!

Another “hidden gem” (no pun intended!)

Today I’d like to share another “hidden gem” in the 2016-17 Stampin’ Up annual catalog.  It’s the You’re Priceless stamp set which is all about gems, diamonds and everything bling.  What’s cool about this set, is that the diamond shape can be cut out with a die from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  There are two coordinating dies, the diamond outline and the faceted detail diamond.  On this card I only used the outline to cut out the stamped image, but I’ll soon be showing how beautiful the two work together (come back for my next post!).

The Naturally Eclectic designer series paper is what really pulls this card together, with it’s vibrant colors and gems of all shapes & sizes.

You, my friend, are priceless…

 

Priceless Eclectic Diamond by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Currently I am fighting a summer cold that seems to be going around.  My friend Vicki just stopped by with some essential oils for me to use, in hopes of kicking this cold to the curb.  She is always thinking of others and I am so blessed to have her as a friend.  So my dear friend, this card says it all…you’re priceless!

Please come back for my next post where I’ll show you how the two diamond dies work together.  You can sign up to receive my posts by email, then you’ll never miss another one.

All of the products used are listed below and can be ordered simply by clicking on the thumbnail picture below which will take you to my Stampin’ Up store.

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Open Me Already, Clean & Simple

Open Me Already, Balloon Adventures & Pop-Up Thinlits, Stampin' Up

If you’ve been following my blog lately, you already know that I am smitten with this Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit!  Since I discovered it late in the catalog cycle, I’m making up for lost time and using it a lot.  I just can’t get enough of it!

See the present on the front of the card?  It’s made with one of the little dies in the set.  It just cuts the bow and leaves the rest of the panel below it intact. So if you lay the die at the top of a 2″ wide strip, you get a gift that can be any length you desire.  Layer some designer paper on it and it looks like a present that anyone would love to tear into!

I kept this card pretty simple since it’s one of the projects we’ll be making in my Clean & Simple class.   The balloons are stamped directly on the white pop-up panel in Emerald Envy, Tangerine Tango and Pacific Point.

This fun bundle is only available while supplies last, up until May 31, 2017.  After that it’s gone for good…sniff, sniff…

Because the dies are 50% off (only $16.50) it’s cheaper to order them separately from the stamp set, NOT as a bundle.  Click on the product pictures below if you want to head over to my store and purchase them.  Don’t forget the Confetti Textured Embossing Folder which I used on the front of the card.  It’s also discounted to a cool $3.75, while supplies last.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Crushed Curry)
Pop-Up piece: 5 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ (Whisper White)
Front Panel: 5 1/4″ x 4 ” (Whisper White)
Gift Piece: 3 1/2″ x 2″ (Tangerine Tango) and then die-cut
Patterned piece: 1 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ (Party Animal DSP)
Banner: 1″ x 3 3/4″ (Emerald Envy) & punched with Banner Triple punch

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Birthday Fiesta Cactus Dude, A Clean & Simple Card

Birthday Fiesta Cactus Dude for Clean & Simple

I have seen some cute variations of this cute guitar-playing cactus and had to make one of my own.  By adding some plastic wiggle eyes, a hand cut guitar and a sombrero, this dude is ready to party!  The hand cut pieces are from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper which is retiring on May 31, 2017, along with the stamp set and framelits which are included in the Birthday Fiesta Bundle.

Here are the measurements to make this card:

Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Emerald Envy)
Mat: 5 1/4″ x 4″ (Festive Birthday DSP)
Scalloped Mat prior to punching the bottom edge: 4″ x 2 3/4″ (Melon Mambo)
White piece: 2″ x 2 3/4″
Banner: 1″ x 3 1/2″ (Pumpkin Pie)

I just love all of the bright colors on this card, don’t you?  They make me happy on these rainy Spring days we’ve been having in Oregon.

Until next time, keep stamping!


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Wiper Technique with Birthday Fiesta Llama

Goodbye & Farewell to Birthday Fiesta…

Sometimes we have to say goodbye to things we love…such is the case with this Birthday Fiesta Bundle, including the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper (DSP). On June 1, 2017 it will no longer be available and this favorite of mine will be a thing of the past.  I’m so glad that I’ve stocked up on the designer paper and you might want to as well.  That’s where the sombrero and maracas are cut from.  I’ve also cut out guitars and pinatas to use as accents, and it’s all from the DSP.

Wiper card technique with full instructions/tutorial featuring Birthday Fiesta and a pop up llama!

Amaze your Friends!

This might just be my favorite technique EVER and it’s so simple to make!  It features an interior panel that pops up when you pull the sides of the cards out.  You can pop-up balloons, a cake, presents or in this case, a llama!  Your imagination is all that’s required!

Let’s get started…

Wiper card instruction

Cut 2 pieces of card stock that each measure 4 1/4″ x 6 3/4″.

Score each one at 1″ and 1 3/4″ on the longest edge (6 3/4″).

Rotate one panel so that the score lines are on the right.

Fold each panel on the score lines so they look like this…

Wiper card instruction

 

Wiper card instruction

Cut a 2″ x 2 3/4″ panel which will become the wiper. Place it on your Stampin’ Trimmer so that it looks like this picture. Score and fold back and forth so that it bends easily.

If you don’t have a trimmer like this, measure in from both sides of a corner 5/8″ and mark it on each side. Connect the markings to make a triangle. Fold on that line.

Wiper card instruction

Flip over the panel from step 2 that has the score lines on the left. You will be looking at the back side of the front panel. The score lines should still be on the left.

Measure up 1 3/4″ from the bottom, along the 1″ score line and place the wiper panel (from step 3) to the right of that score line with the scored triangle at the top left. Glue ONLY the triangle to that spot.

Wiper card instruction

Flip the wiper panel back over, keeping the score lines at the left.

Attach it to the other panel (from step 1) as shown. The paperclips in this picture show where you’ll glue the card together. Basically, it’s the 1″ strip at each end that glues to the facing panel.

To make the wiper work, simply hold the card in both hands and pull outward in each direction. The wiper should pop up! Glue whatever image you like to the wiper and finish decorating your card!

Wiper card technique with full instructions/tutorial featuring Birthday Fiesta and a pop up llama!

I hope you find time to stamp today!


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Cupcakes and Carousels Mini Album

Cupcakes and Carousels Mini Album by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Every year I participate as a vendor during a scrapbooking and crafting retreat at Seven Feathers Casino and Convention Center in Canyonville, Oregon. It is a 2 day event where croppers buy table space and spend the weekend scrapbooking, socializing and shopping.  My Stampin’ Up team and I have a 30 foot booth with four Make & Take stations and all kinds of fun projects for attendees to sit down and make.  That event is happening yesterday and today, and I always have so much fun!  I’ll share some pictures of our booth in the next day or two.  Meanwhile, I want to share one of my Make & Take projects.

This Cupcakes and Carousels mini album features Stampin’ Up’s Carousel and Cupcakes Designer Series Paper and Up & Away Thinlits Dies, as well as some various other dies.  Finished album size is approximately 3 1/2″ x 6″.

I chose my colors based on the colors in the designer paper.  They are Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, So Saffron and Bermuda Bay.

The base for this album measures 6″ x 11 1/2″.

On the 11 1/2″ side it is scored at 3 1/2″, 4 1/4″, 5″, 5 3/4″, 6 1/2″, 7 1/4″ and 8″.

You will need five tags made with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.

You will accordion fold all of the score lines, pressing into place. It should look like a book now.

On the outside or spine of the book, you will glue together all of the accordion sections.

Cupcakes and Carousels Mini Album by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

On the inside you will have the front cover, three little flaps and the back cover.

Choose two tags and glue them to the back of the first flap. One at the top edge and the other at the bottom edge of the album.

Cupcakes and Carousels Mini Album by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Glue a third tag to the middle of the second flap, on the back side.

Cupcakes and Carousels Mini album by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Glue the remaining two tags to the third flap, one at the top and the other at the bottom (as on the first flap).

You will need four Designer Papers that measure 3″ x 5 3/4″. Glue these to the front & back covers on both the inside and the outside.

Cut four little strips of Designer Paper measuring 1/2″ x 1 3/4″. Glue these on the flaps between the tags.

Cut three 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ strips of cardstock which are to be glued to the flaps opposite of where the tags are glued. (see photos)

The rest is up to you. Embellish as desired.  Add some little pictures.  Journal.  Give it as a gift or keep it for yourself!

Cut a 24″ piece of ribbon to tie around the album. The other ribbons can be cut to approximately 3″ and stapled to the tag tops.
Have fun!!


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