Here’s more inspiration for you today from my Fall Card Swap. If you missed the first set of cards, click HERE to view. The collection of cards I’m sharing today might not all have current Stampin’ Up! products, but every card gives great ideas for color combinations, layouts, and techniques. I would love for you to leave a comment for these amazing crafters!
Thank you to everyone who participated! It was so much fun getting “Happy Mail”! Speaking of “Happy Mail”….How many cards did you send this week in celebration of the first annual World Card Sending Week? Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment with how many cards you sent and I will pass that number along to Stampin’ Up! The goal was to send 50,000 cards this week! I appreciate your help in reaching our goal. I will let you know the results as soon as I hear!
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Welcome to my ABC Card Series! Monday I shared a couple of Anniversary card ideas. (If you missed that post, you can view it HERE.) I’m looking forward to sharing a variety of cards for every occasion from A to Z! Today is all about Birthday cards! Everyone has a birthday so we always need birthday cards! Today’s card features a fun card idea inspired from a sketch design.
When I first started stamping I would copy sketch designs and use whatever paper and stamps I had to make a card. This is one of those sketches I have been wanting to do. I blended old with new for this card. Both stamps sets I used, Picture Perfect Birthday and Touches of Texture, are retiring June 3rd. (Inventory is low.) So sad to see these go! I have used this sentiment many times! It works great for the front of a card or on the inside. Check out the other great sentiments in this set.
The touches of Texture Stamp set is another beauty and so versatile. These images can be used for many different occasion cards. I colored the flowers and dragonfly using my Stampin’ Blends. So quick & easy to do!
I thought the flowers from Touches of Texture coordinated well with the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper. I love this paper pack! If you want to get a taste of the new papers, ribbons, embellishments, and/or In Colors, be sure to check out my Product Share Buffet. You can order just the suites you want or have a “taste” of the full buffet. Check it out HERE. Order by June 3rd to be first in line!
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Welcome to my ABC “Sale-A-Bration” Series! This series showcases products from the 2018 Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochures. Today I’m sharing a bundle from the Occasions catalog that includes the Itty Bitty Punch Pack. I love punches and this adorable punch pack coordinates with the Fruit Basket Stamp Set. Here’s a look at the bundle.
I love fresh fruit! We have several orchards nearby where you can pick your own apples in the fall as well as blueberries and strawberries in the spring. We also have a Peach Festival and other “fruit” events in the area so I knew I would get a lot of use out of this bundle. I found some smoothie mixes at the grocery store the other day and picked up a few for my my family and to give as little gifts. I made some fun “envelope cards” to hold the smoothie mixes.
It’s so easy to make any size envelope using the Envelope Punch Board! All the directions are right on the board (for 66 different sizes) so you never have to worry about what size paper you need or where to punch and score. I started by measuring my smoothie mix package which measured 4 1/2 x 6. I checked the EPB (Envelope Punch Board) to see what size paper I needed (8 1/2 x 8 1/2) and where to start to punch & score (3 3/4).
After I punched and scored all sides I was ready to embellish. The Tutti-frutti 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper was perfect to go with my fruit smoothies. It is so easy to pick my cardstock colors from the DSP. I adhered my DSP to a layer of cardstock then popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the front of the envelope card. I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits and Layering Ovals Framelits for the sentiment layers. I stamped the sentiment close to the bottom to leave room for my ribbon in the middle. I stamped the fruit twice, once in each color, then punched them out with the Itty Bitty Fruit Punches. I wanted the add the leaf layer on top with a Glue Dot to give it a little dimension. I wrapped the ribbon around the envelope and tied a bow. The ribbon keeps the envelope closed and just slides off to open. I added a stamped layer on the inside which is a hidden surprise under the smoothie mix.
This is a fun card to make even if you don’t have a drink mix to add. I stamped and cut the sentiment “treat yourself” from the Picture Perfect Birthday set and attached that to the drink mix for an added touch.
My son has a birthday soon and he loves fresh pineapples. The smoothie mix calls for fresh fruit, water, and ice so I thought I would include a pineapple to go with it. The tag was attached to the pineapple so rather than cut it off I made a tag to coordinate and adhered it on top.
I love making little gifts like this! The pineapple and card would be a nice welcome gift for a new neighbor or even a treat for Easter. Simply change the sentiment and you are good to go for any occasion.
My daughter will be home for spring break soon and she loves strawberry smoothies! This little treat will be waiting for her.
The strawberries were fun to stamp and punch. I used both Garden Green and Lemon Lime Twist ink for the stems. I love this gingham ribbon. It is easy to work with and really makes the card pop! Here’a a photo showing the back of the envelope card. You can see how the ribbon keeps the envelope closed.
This sentiment is perfect for my daughter! This set would also make a great hostess gift, thank you, or just a special treat for a friend or coworker. Who wouldn’t enjoy fresh strawberries and a handmade card?!
I have one more treat to share with you today. My sister recently moved to Virginia and she is going to visit this weekend. My family refers to our home as the local Bed & Breakfast. (My husband is a great cook!) I always like to leave little pillow gifts for overnight guests so while I was punching strawberries I made this quick Ghirardelli treat holder for my sister.
You can whip this treat holder in no time at all! Start with a piece of 4 x 4 designer series paper. Use the Envelope Punch Board to punch and score at 2 inches on each side. Put your candy inside and tie close with ribbon and twine. I used my circle punches to punch the layers for the sentiment and attached it to the ribbon with a Stampin’ Dimensional. Quick & easy!
I hope you like today’s projects. For more Envelope Punch Board ideas and a video click HERE. Check out this video showcasing the Itty Bitty Punch Pack and the Fruit Basket Bundle I used in today’s projects.
So which do you prefer: Ghirardelli chocolate, strawberry smoothie, or pineapple smoothie? I would love to hear from you! FYI…I prefer milk chocolate to dark and would rather eat fresh fruit rather than put it in a drink.
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