Mother’s Day Card: Banner Greetings & Penny Black

I wanted to make my mom an ‘non traditional’ Mother’s day card this year. Something that did not have flowers and the standard Mother’s day imagery on it.

 

This is what I came up with:

 

Banner Greetings Penny Black Mother's Day card

Banner Greetings Penny Black Mother’s Day card

This is the supplies I used:

Paper:  Stampin Up – crumb cake (base), very vanilla (mat)
Stamps:  Stampin Up:  Banner Greetings in 2013-2014 In Colors, Hedgehogs – Penny Black, Cirlces / bubbles from Simon Says Stamp Exclusive set of stamps (designed by Kristina Werner!) “Best Mom Ever”

 

As always, your comments & feedback are always welcome!

 

Until next time stampers!

 

 

Stampin Up Tea Bag Dispenser Gift Box (& new cataloge item sneak preview)

With Mother’s Day coming up, I thought this tea bag dispenser gift box would be a great Stampin Up project to demonstrate.  The measurements are quite fiddly, but the finished project is well worth it!  Thanks to Heidi at Running With Scissors for the instructions.  Being still relatively new to papercrafting myself, I typed up the instructions in an easy to follow PDF. Click to download tutorial here:  Stamp Right Up Tea Bag Dispenser Instructions

I was super excited to use a product from the NEW Stampin Up catalog, which is officially released May 31, 2013.  We are given a few products available for pre-order and I snatched up the opportunity.  Can you spot the new item?!…

It’s the flower blossom embellishment on top of the lid! I made it with the new Blossoms & Buttons simply pressed molds and pool party reinkers. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that we are now going to create embellishments in ANY color Stampin Up carries!! Now, all you have to do is order the reinkers and we can make our own buttons & flower embellishments!!  There are 3 different sizes for buttons and 3 sizes for the flower blossoms, my example show on the lid is the medium sized ~ they are about the size of a nickel – I used pool party reinker to color the clay.   The clay is EXTREMELY lightweight; it almost feels like styrofoam… It is a silicone compound.
So they really are perfect for cards or any paper project!  I personally tested each design to see how durable they are:  the buttons I can literally fold in half and they didn’t break or crack; the flower cracked a little when folded completely in half, but it only shows if bent – so these are very forgiving and durable and will most definitely make it through even the most unforgiving postman.

I cannot WAIT to show you more of these in the next few weeks!  Official orders for the new catalog begin May 31st – I will have electronic AND digital copies ready as soon as we are able to release them. If you would like to be included on either mailing list for official hardcopy, or digital copy of the catalog please comment below as well and I will make sure you are in the know!

Mother's Day Stampin Up Tea Bag Dispenser Gift Box

Mother’s Day Stampin Up Tea Bag Dispenser Gift Box

Until next time stampers!

** As always, comments are welcome and appreciated **

Stampin Up: May Flowers Workshop for Mother’s Day

I am pleased to say that this weekend marks another successful workshop!  I had the pleasure of running a private workshop with Leyla – it was a great experience for us both. As she is new to paper crafting, card making and Stampin Up in general, I really loved having the opportunity to work one on one with her to show her all the tips & tricks that I have learned along the way.

When I was planning the workshop, I tried to put a lot of thought in to which techniques would be good to work with for beginners while still making fun & appealing projects.

The theme of the workshop was “May Flowers” so I wanted to make a card similar to one that my upline had made with the Fancy Flower punch.  I found this video tutorial from Dawn on how to make a different style of a paper flower and LOVED the look of this technique.
I added an extra step to Dawn’s tutorial and sponged the edges of each flower layer with crumb cake ink;  it is a bit time consuming to ink / sponge the edges, but it REALLY makes a difference and give the flower so much more dimension.  You could also use the coordinating ink to match your card stock, or use a contrasting ink to give it an extra punch of color.

Stamp Right Up Mother's Day Paper Flower Card

Mother’s Day Paper Flowers Card

Here’s what we used to make this lovely card:

  • Crumb Cake card stock (4.25 x 5.5)
  • Very Vanilla card stock (4 x 5.25)
  • Pretty in Pink ink (background stamped image)
  • Crumb cake ink (sponged on edges of flower petals & along edge of very vanilla mat layer)
  • Fancy Flower punch
  • Itty Bitty Banners
  • En Francais background stamp
  • Pink Pirouette card stock (flowers)
  • Champagne glimmer paint (on flowers)
  • Pearls
  • Twitterpated buttons

 

As always, your comments & feedback are welcome and appreciated!

 

Until next time stampers!