Truly Tailored Masculine Suit card

Truly Tailored Masculine Suit card

The Truly Tailored Masculine Suit card is so easy to do for such a classic finished look!  First decide on a DSP pattern for your material and just go from there!  Once you know your colors you can pick the base color and accent color.

I start with an A2 size card base cut at 4.25″ x 11″.  Score and fold in half at 5.5″.  Because I chose to layer a cardstock piece onto the base I cut this DSP at 2.5″ x 5.25″.  That allows for the perfect overlap for my buttons.  Because most DSP is double sided I like to add a coordinating paper or cardstock on the lapels.  In the video tutorial I show an easy way to do this!  I usually choose a punch shape to create a pocket and add some ribbon for a handkerchief, love this added touch!  Remember to make your envelope pretty!

And here is the Truly Tailored Masculine Suit card video tutorial:

 

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Flying Home Brusho card 2018 Occasions

Flying Home Brusho card 2018 Occasions

I had fun with this Flying Home Brusho card 2018 Occasions catalog, a little bit of technique & a little bit of whimsy.  I loved the Brusho watercolor crystals when I first saw them, however I had never used them.  Since I love a spattered imperfect look, so I tried playing with the spritzer as well as the Stampin Up Aquapainter.  They actually give a totally different look as I show in the video below!

You can start with an A2 size card base in Calypso Coral.  Cut it at 4.25″ x 11″.  Score and fold in half at 5.5″.  I chose to assemble this card in a landscape orientation so it opens on the right!  I stamped the birdhouses twice.  Once on my base piece of white cardstock and again on a scrap paper.  I colored the houses on the scrap paper and then fussy cut them out.  And on the base I only colored the bottoms since I knew I wanted to pop up the houses!

I loved playing with the Brusho crystal color and look forward to really perfecting my technique!  In the mean time, just remember to have fun!  I did find that only one small hole was enough. and I used a pushpin to keep in the lid.  My favorite look so far has been sprinkling and then spritzing.  However, the possibilities are many!!  Remember to make your envelope pretty!

Here is the video tutorial for Flying Home Brusho card 2018 Occasions:

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Stampin’Up! Party Pandas Step Card Sale A Bration 2018

Stampin'Up! Party Pandas Step Card Sale A Bration 2018

Stampin’Up! Party Pandas Step Card Sale A Bration 2018

Here is a sneak peek at the Stampin’Up! Party Pandas Step Card Sale A Bration 2018, Yay!  I absolutely love the playfulness of this set!  The black and white pandas coordinate perfectly with the colorful Bubble & Fizz paper in the Sale A Bration catalog… So many fun things coming!

Step cards are actually super easy to make once you wrap your brain around the cuts and score lines.  I also added a video tutorial, be sure to check it out below 🙂  One of the cool things about step cards is the depth you get from the different layers and height.  Just remember to make sure your finished card can fit into the envelope, it’s easy to get carried away embellishing!

Step card

 

And here is the video tutorial for the step card:

 

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Stampin’ Up! Sitting Here sponged card

Stampin' Up! Sitting Here sponged card

Stampin’ Up! Sitting Here sponged card

This Stampin’ Up! Sitting Here sponged card from our weekly color inspiration challenge, was a bit of a challenge!  Pun intended!  Lol…  my friend mentioned that the colors inspired by a sunset scene were difficult,  and unless you create a sunset scene, she was right.  Our goal is to have the submitted card obviously derived from the inspiration!  As it turns out this was not easy when you are looking at yellow, oranges, purple, and a black silhouette!  

I am so excited to see what everyone creates!  I laughingly told her that’s why it’s a challenge!  For this card just start with an A2 black card base at 8.5″ x 5.5″, scored and folded in half at 4.25″.  The Wisteria Wonder layer is cut at 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ and the next black layer is 5″ x 3 3/4″.  The top white sponged layer is cut at 4 3/4″ x 3 1/2″.  Next, stamp the bench, the flower pot, and the sentiment.   

I stamped the pillows in Momento ink, colored them with blender pens, and cut them out with paper snips.  I attached the pillows to a basic black card stock and fussy cut around the edges to create a border.  Pop them up with mini dimensionals and remember to make your envelope pretty!

 

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An easy way to dress up your envelope!

An easy way to dress up your envelope!

An easy way to dress up your envelope!

Another in a long list of oldie but goodie techniques!  Here is an easy way to dress up your envelope!  The lovely card is not the highlight of this blog post, instead we are focusing on the often overlooked use for all that wonderful coordinating designer series paper we all have laying around! Woohoo!

I always remind you to make your envelope pretty!  For me that often means stamping on the bottom left front corner…  Or sometimes the back flap.  I love the idea of beautiful envelope liners too!  And I even have an amazing paper saving idea to create an envelope liner with minimal designer series paper!

However, an often forgotten, ridiculously easy way to dress that envelope up is to attach the designer series paper to the back flap.  That way the outside is dressed up and always visible in a coordinating pattern.  It’s not essential, but using our amazing mono liquid glue, which I love, or our tear n tape,  will ensure it stays put even through mailing.

And here is the video tutorial that shows exactly what I mean:

 

Remember have fun, do some mix and match, and always enjoy the process!  I’d love to see what you create!

Background technique with plastic wrap

Background technique with plastic wrap

Background technique with plastic wrap

I love this classic background technique with plastic wrap, saran wrap, or simply a baggie, which is what I used for my video tutorial below.  This has actually been around for a while, but with all the latest and greatest craft accessories coming out, it’s easy to forget about the tried and true basics!

This card begins with a basic A2 Basic Black card base cut at 11″ x 4.25″.  Score an fold in half at 5.5″.  The second layer is Tempting Turquoise card stock cut at 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″.  Finally the top Basic Gray card stock layer is cut at 5.25″ x 4″.

To create the background simply wad up the wrap as shown in the video and “ink & dab” as desired.  Add the finishing touches, and remember to make your envelope pretty!

And here is the video tutorial:

 

 

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