Hand Made Cards

Enjoy the Little Things with Llama

I've shared with you before that I just love this
adorable llama.  I don't know why, he just makes
me grin.  This is a fun card a fellow demonstrator
made that I found very unique.
We are using Layering Love stamp set and
Fiesta Time

Festive Birthdays
Card Direction:
1.  Card Base -- Tempting Turquoise - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Score at 4 1/4"
2.  Basic Black -- 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
3.  Watercolor Paper -- 4" x 5 1/4"
a.  Use an Aqua Painter to pick up ink from the stamp pad lids to wash across the watercolor paper to create sand, water and sky.  The more water you use, the lighter the color get.
I'm going to guess that the colors are:
Crumb Cake, Tip Top Taupe and a blend of Blushing Bride for the sand
Tempting Turquoise, Dapper Denim and Night of Navy for the water
Pool Party and Soft Sky for the sky
Let dry well.
4.  Stamp "Enjoy Life with Stazon ink
5.  Basic Black scrap -- use the llama framelit to cut out the llama creating a black silhouette.

Last month my sister, Tina, and I held a Demo Make & Take event.  This card was one of my favorite cards that everyone got to make.  I fell in love with these little lady bugs holding hands.  It makes me think of Tina and I every time I see it.  The lady bugs and the greeting are both from the Love You Lots stamp set, which is a Hostess Exclusive set.  That means you can only purchase this stamp set when you host a class/party or hold a book party.  There are so many adorable images in this set, I think it is one of my all time favorites.
Lady Bugs Starburst

Card Directions:
1.  Card Base -- Thick Whisper White -- 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Score at 4 1/4"
2.  Basic Black -- 4" x 5 1/4"
3.  Whisper White -- 3 3/4" x 5"
4.  Real Red -- 4" x 5 1/4" -- cut out with the Sunburst Thinlit
a.  Stamp greeting with Stazon ink
5.  Basic Black scrap -- punch out 2" circle
6.  Whisper White scrap -- punch out 1 3/4" circle
a.  Stamp lady bugs with Stazon ink
b.  Color lady bugs with Real Red Marker
7.  Assemble card as pictured -- you will trim off edges of the sunburst even with the
Whisper White edges
a.  Attach Black circle over sunburst with dimensionals


Jar of Fireflies

I love, love, love this card.
When is the last time you went outside after dark
in the summer and caught fireflies (aka lightning bugs).
My grandsons loved coming here every summer and doing this.
My grandson, Shawn, was excited a couple weeks ago because
they were at our house after dark -- he yelled grandma do you
have something I can put these in -- he had two fireflies in his hands.
This card makes me think of those nights with the kids.

Firefly ShakerCard Directions:
1.  Card Bases -- Dapper Denim -- 4 1/4" x 11"
2.  Moroccan Nights designer paper --
Early Espresso strip -- 1 1/4" x 5 3/4"
Delightful Dijon strip -- 1" x 5 1 /2"
Both strips are punched with the Triple Banner Punch
3.  Early Espresso -- 3 1/4" x 4
4.  Delightful Dijon -- 3" x 3 3/4"
5.  Very Vanilla -- 2 3/4" x 3 1/2"
a.  on one piece use Everyday Jars framelits to cut out the small jar.
b.  Stamp jar handle with Archival Black ink
c.  Stamp fireflies from Jar of Love stamp set around jar with Archival Black ink
d.  Color firefly butts with So Saffron marker
6.  Window Sheet -- 2 5/8" 3"
a.  Stamp small jar with Archival Black ink -- set aside to dry
7.  Very Vanilla - 2 5/8" x 3 3/8"
a.  Stamp three fireflies about where jar opening is on other Very Vanilla piece
b.  Color firefly butts with So Saffron Marker
8.  Very Vanilla scrap
a.  Stamp five fireflies with Archival Black
b.  Color firefly butts with So Saffron Marker
c.  Cut out with coordinating framelit
d.  Stamp bow with Dapper Denim ink
e.  Cut bow out with coordinating framelit
9.  Early Espresso scrap -- stamp jar lid with Early Espresso ink
a.  Cut out with coordinating framelit
10.  Very Vanilla scrap -- stamp "you light up my life"
a.  Punch out with the Classic Labels punch

Assembling the shaker piece:
1.  Stick window sheet to back of jar opening
2.  Use Foam Adhesive Strips -- stick around all four sides of the jar opening (on the window sheet)
3.  Put five cut out fireflies -- colored part down against the window -- in the jar opening
4.  Peel backing off adhesive strips -- lay Vanilla pieces with fireflies face down on to the strips
(this closes the fireflies in the jar)

Assemble the card as pictured

Jar of Love Flowers

I think we all love to receive a bouquet of fresh flowers.
Today's card can deliver a beautiful bouquet of
flowers to someone special to you.

I used the Jar of Love stamp set for this card.
This stamp set is AMAZING with 37 pieces to
create your master pieces.

Jar of FlowersCard Directions
1.  Card base -- Island Indigo -- 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Score at 5 1/2"
2.  Mint Macaron -- 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" (Inside card)
3.  Whisper White -- 4" x 5 1/4"
4.  Blooms & Bliss designer paper -- 2 3/4" x 5 1/4"
5.  Island Indigo -- 3" x 4 1/2"
6.  Mint Macaron -- 2 7/8" x 4 3/8"
7.  Whisper White -- 2 3/4" x 4 1/2"
a. Stamp medium jar with Smoky Slate ink
b. Stamp flower stem with little leaves/buds with Mint Macaron ink
c. Stamp Friend with Island Indigo ink
d. Stamp bow on jar with Island Indigo ink
8.  Whisper White scrap
a.  Stamp full double flower stamp with Island Indigo (stamp off once) -- do this three times
b. Stamp partial double flower stamp with Island Indigo (full strength) over other three flower groups.
c.  Cut flowers out with coordinating Everyday Jars framelits
d.  Attach flowers over stems with dimensionals
9.  Attach the three layer stamped piece to the card with dimensionals
(remember don't use dimensionals on the right side of the
piece or you'll glue your card shut).

I can't wait to mail this card out.

Life Feels Empty Without You

Fun In Color color combination!!!
Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo combined
with Black make this card pop.
It's a super, simple card with many
different possibilities.
One of the ladies used the greeting
"throw kindness around like confetti"
and stamped the little dot all around
the jar -- LOVE IT!!!
Kelly -- post a picture of your card in the comments.

We used the Jar of Love stamp set for this cutie.

Life Feels Empty1.  Card base -- Peekaboo Peach -- 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
2.  Basic Black -- 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
3.  Flirty Flamingo -- 3 3/4" x 5"
emboss with the Happy Heart embossing folder
4.  Pop of Pink designer paper -- 1" x 5"
5.  Whisper White scrap -- cut out using the Layering Ovals scallop framelit
6.  Stamp medium jar with Memento ink
7.  Stamp "Life Feels Empty" and small heart with Flirty Flamingo ink 
8.  Tie small bow with Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Ruched Ribbon and attach with glue dot

Give it a try -- change up the greetings, make a fun card and send it to someone.
But first take a picture and post your creation in the comments so everyone can see it.

Goldfish in a Jar

Remember when you won a gold fish at the fair.
Then sent it home in a plastic bag -- you had to
be careful all the way home.  When you got home
you had to find something to put it in until you
could get to the store to buy a fish bowl.

Today's card made me think of all those
fair gold fish.

We used the Jar of Love stamp set and
the Seaside embossing folder for this
fabulous card.

Golf Fish
1.  Card Base -- Pumpkin Pie 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
2.  Basic Black -- 4" x 5 1/4"
3. Tempting Turquoise -- 3 3/4" x 5"
Emboss with the Seaside embossing folder
4.  Festive Birthday designer paper -- 1 1/4" x 5"
5.  Delicate White Doilies -- cut showing 3 large scallops
Attach to card front
6.  Scrap of Whisper White -- stamp medium jar and handle with Memento ink
7. Stamp water in jar with Tempting Turquoise ink stamped off once
8.  Cut out with coordinating Everyday Jars framelits
9.  Stamp fish with Pumpkin Pie ink -- cut out with framelit
10.  Whisper White Banner -- 3/4" x 3 1/4" -- punch end with Triple Banner Punch
Stamp Hello with Memento ink -- attach Brights Enamel Shapes
Attach banner to card front
11.  Attach card & handle to card
Attach bow with Glue Dot

Everyone loved this card and some knew right away who was going to receive this fun card.

Floral Phrases with a Window

Floral Boutique has been one of the most
popular suites in the Annual Catalog.
Everyone seems to love the color combination
and the beautiful Floral Phrases stamp set.

Today's card uses the stamp set and the
fabulous Floral Boutique designer paper.

Floral Phrases Window
1.  Card base -- Night of Navy -- 4 1/4" x 11"
Score at 5 1/2"
2.  Whisper White -- 4" x 5 1/4"
3.  Floral Boutique designer paper -- 1 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Adhere designer paper to Whisper White layer
and cut scallop window with the Layering Squares framelit
4.  Attach to Night of Navy card base and cut square opening
in the center of the scallop opening
5.  Whisper White for inside of card -- 4" x 5 1/4"
Stamp flower and greeting through openings
with Night of Navy ink

Gift of Love

This year Stampin' Up! has some AWESOME
Hostess Only Stamp Sets.
Today's card features one of the sets -- remember
you can only purchase the stamp set when you host
a private class, party/workshop or have you own
book party.  This stamp set is Gift of Love.
It's a three step stamp -- that means you
stamp three times to get the completed image.
Here you stamp the flower outline with
Tip Top Taupe ink, next is Island Indigo
for the flowers and last is Mint Macaron
for the leaves.  Isn't is beautiful.

Gift of Love
This fold is one of my favorites.
It is quick and easy to do and just give you
a little different look for your card.
1.  Card Base -- Island Indigo - 4 1/4" x 8 1/2"
Score at 5 1/2"
2.  Tip Top Taupe -- one piece 4" x 5 1/4"
second piece - 2 3/4" x 4"
3.  Whisper White -- one piece 3 3/4" x 5"
second piece - 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" (I adhere the designer paper to this)
4.  Blooms & Bliss designer Paper - two different designs
cut each piece 2 1/2" x 3 3/4"
5.  Tip Top Taupe 5/8" Mini Striped Ribbon -- 4 1/2"
6.  Scraps of Tip Top Taupe & Whisper White
Use the Tags & Labels Framelits to cut out