N is for Note Cards

Welcome to my ABC’s of Stampin’ series.  Today I am focusing on the Stampin’ Up!  Note Cards & Envelopes. I love these cards and the fact that they are thick cardstock and ready to go!  I send a lot of thank you notes and these are the perfect size for a nice handwritten note.  Not only that, they are a great deal…you get 20 cards and envelopes for $6.00.  That’s just 30 cents each for a card and envelope! WOW!

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I was inspired by Chat Wszelaki’s  designs (Me, My Stamps, and I) using the Love & Affection stamp set.  I changed it up a bit to make my notecards. The sentiments I chose are from Thankful Thoughts and Flourishing Phrases stamp sets. I love embossing folders and the Floral Affection set is a beauty!  You can see below I even used it to emboss the envelopes. I cut 1 inch strips of Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper for my note cards. I “fussy cut” the flowers and leaves and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I love how these note cards turned out!

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I stamped and embossed the envelopes to match.

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Stamp sets: Love & Affection, Thankful Thoughts, Flourishing Phrases  Inks: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron  Papers: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake & Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes  Tools & Accessories: Floral Affection Embossing Folder, Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

How would you like to receive one of these cards?  Here’s my Back to School Special for today…Simply place an online order of $25 or more (before tax & shipping) and I will send you one of my cards along with a card kit so you can make 2 more to share. I believe if you try these you will love them as much as I do! Remember to use the Hostess Code 7CNZAUYM  when you check out. (I’ve included a visual below to show you where to enter the hostess code.) Click HERE to purchase the Note Cards & Envelopes or HERE to see the Affectionately Yours Suite used on today’s cards.

Have a Nice Day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

 

D is for Designer Series Paper

Welcome to my ABC’s of Stampin’ series.  Today it’s all about Designer Series Paper (aka DSP)! I love color and patterns and enjoy decorating my home with lots of different coordinating fabrics.  That’s one reason why I love Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper…it coordinates with our color collections. Here’s one example showing 5 colors that coordinate with this piece of DSP from the new Holiday Catalog, Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper.

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Click HERE for a chart prepared by our amazing PALS leader, Mary Fish.  It has a list of all the Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock colors.  I keep a copy in my craft area for easy reference.

Today I am going to show you how to let the DSP shine! Stampin Up! Designer Series Paper comes in 12 x 12 or 6 x 6 paper packs. The paper has double-sided designs which gives you even more choices and variety for your projects. Here’s some tips for cutting your paper to make some quick and simple cards with DSP.  Start with a piece of 6 x 6 (or cut your 12 x 12 to 6 x 12 then 6 x 6).Cut the 6 x 6 to 4 x 6, then 4 x 5 1/4.  You will now have 3 pieces: 1 @ 4 x 5 1/4, 1 @ 3/4 x 4, and 1 @ 2 x 6.

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You will use all 3 pieces to follow a simple “formula” to make a card and decorate the envelope.

Cut 2 inches off the 4 x 5 1/4 piece so you have 2 pieces: 1 @ 2 x 4 and 1 @ 3 1/4 x 4.  Turn one piece over so you have 2 different designs. Choose a piece of coordinating cardstock (4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2) and adhere both pieces.

 

You can attach a piece of coordinating ribbon or a strip of cardstock over the seam line. Stamp a sentiment and cut or punch out and adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I used ribbon from the coordinating trio pack and attached a bow with a glue dot.  I used the Layering Circles Framelits to cut and layer my sentiment from Places You’ll Go stamp set. (Who do you think I made this card for?)

 

I used the small 3/4 inch strip on the inside of my card and the 2 x 6 strip for my envelope flap.  How cool is that-no leftover pieces!

 

Here’s another “formula” for using another 6 x 6 piece of DSP.   (I cut my 12 x 12 sheet to 6 x 12, then 6 x 6 so I had 2 6 x6 pieces.) This time I made 2 cards from the 6 x 6 DSP.  (Just because I had to use all the pieces!) For the first one I was inspired by one of my  Paper Pumpkin kits that had intricate die cut outs with a diagonal strip in the middle to add a sentiment, ribbon, etc.

I cut the 6 x 6 DSP into 3 pieces: 1 @ 2 x 6, 1 @ 4 x 4, and 1 @ 2 x 4.

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Next I cut the 4 x 4 piece on an angle (slash), separated the pieces, and adhered to a piece of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 coordinated cardstock.  You can stamp a sentiment, add cutouts, etc. So many possibilities!

 

I played around with different colors and cut outs and came up with this for a friend who is starting a new job. I layered the die from Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.

 

For my third card, I intended to use the 2 x 4 piece of DSP to make a banner using the triple banner punch but, I liked it layered on the card as it was.  I used the layered circle framelits to cut out my sentiment and coordinated layer and attached it to my card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The last piece of 2 x 6 DSP was used for my envelope again.  🙂

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WOW!  3 different cards with matching envelopes from a piece of 6 x 12 DSP! And they were quick & easy!

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I store my 12 x 12 DSP in plastic magazine files by color collections. It’s easy to see and grab what I need.

 

How would you like some Designer Series Paper to design some cards of your own?  You can get a sampling for FREE with today’s Back to School Special.  Simply place an order(through my online shop) of $30 or more (before tax and shipping) and use the Hostess code VS23B4FP  at checkout.  I will mail you a sampling of Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Papers.You will be able to make cards like these in a jiff.

I hope you have a Delightful Day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

Paper Pumpkin Players

A few of my local Paper Pumpkin subscribers wanted to get together and make some alternative projects using the Paper Pumpkin Banner Surprise kit.  Pinterest here we come!

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I made several sample project ideas.  Everyone wanted to make the gift card/money holder using the bags in the kit.  I used the Thankful Thoughts stamp set on mine as I made it to give to our cat sitter who took such good care of our fur babies while we were away.  When you fold the bag you get one pocket for the cash/gift card/check and another to add a note. You can use washi tape to seal the sides or just tie ribbon around it so the gift card or money does not fall out. The ladies chose to use the B.Y.O.P. stamp set for theirs.

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They decided to make a shaker party hat next and everyone chose a different In Color for their card base.  We used the Balloon Bouquet punch in addition to the products in the kit.

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We had such a fun afternoon and decided to do get together again next month.

You too can be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber.  Just click the link at the top to sign up and start receiving your project kit.  You must sign up by the 10th of the month to receive the August kit. Each month is a different surprise and includes stamps, ink, and paper- everything cut and ready to go.  You get cards, gift packaging, home decor, and more. Today is the last day to take advantage of Bonus Days to earn coupons to use in August.  If you purchase a 3 month Paper Pumpkin subscription today you will earn a $5 coupon. If you have any questions just contact me and I’d be happy to help. Don’t wait…go ahead and sign up now.

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie