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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spring has Sprung! Third Thursday Blog Hop

Welcome to another fabulous Third Thursdays Blog Hop! Once again, I'm following my dear friend Anne Marie Hile
Our theme this month is Spring has Sprung!
Spring has sprung for us here in Spring, Texas!  Yes, I literally live in Spring, which is ironic because we go from about a month of Winter, to a month of Spring, to 10 months of summer! There are flowers blooming all year long though, hence the name...I guess?

Are the flowers blooming where you are? or are they buried in snow? Either way, it won't be long before you'll start to see some color popping up! Speaking of popping up...

I've been obsessed with interactive and pop-up cards lately. I seriously CANNOT get enough! I have some fun projects planned that I will be presenting at an event in San Antonio next month and I'm DYING to share them, but you'll have to wait until April! Also, I just received my Paper Pumpkin in the mail yesterday, and it's a pop-up card kit! *squealing with delight!*

So without further ado, here is the fun pop-up card I made for you today!

Here is the front "closed" view, step 1...

Step 2 as you start to pull the sides out away from each other...

...and here it is all the way extended!

But wait! No room to write? Don't worry! 

I've got your back! (Get it? The back of the card...is where you write...ok enough with the puns.) 

I made a quick video tutorial for the base of today's "wiper card". You can alter the sizes to come up with different sized cards, but I wanted mine to fit in one of our regular envelopes. 

Here are all the products I used:

*Just a quick note about the stamp set I'm using today. This is a FREE set that can only be added once your order hits $150...which believe me, is VERY easy to do! Contact me if you have questions!


Night of Navy
Card base: Cut cardstock so you will have 2 pieces measuring 8 1/2" x 4 1/4" Score each piece at 1 1/2" and 3"
"Popper": 1 1/2" x 3" mark along the 3" side at 1 1/2" and then score from one corner to the mark. (See the video tutorial above if you get confused!)
Die-cut from Stitched Labels (see table above to purchase)

Whisper White
Back layer: 4" x 5 1/4" 
Front layer: 3 3/4" x 5"
Die-cut from Stitched Shapes (see above to purchase)
Scraps to embellish

Daffodil Delight Gingham Gala DSP (see above to purchase)
Front layer: 4" x 5 1/4"
Scraps to embellish

STAMP using the Very Vintage Host Set 

Night of Navy & Daffodil Delight ink
On the 3 3/4" x 5" Whisper White piece, stamp the flower image in Night of Navy slightly to the left of center, and then above and below on each side. Think of how 5 dots look on dice and you'll get it!

On the 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White, use the faded doily stamp in Night of Navy ink to embellish the corners. I stamped the bottom right corner and then without cleaning my stamp, stamped again right next to it. (This is called "stamping off" and gives more depth to your card rather than stamping it all in the same shade.)

On the Stitched Shape OVAL, stamp off TWICE in Night of Navy before stamping the faded doily image on the left side. You don't want too much of this image on the label, just enough to add a little color to the label before you use the Happy Birthday stamp. Notice mine is slightly to the right of the center just because of where my doily image was stamped. If you want in centered, just stamp less of the doily image. To finish the label, stamp that cute little bee image in Daffodil Delight.

Stamp the decorative "square" image in Night of Navy on a scrap of Daffodil Delight Gingham Gala paper, and then bee image inside that. Then just "fussy cut" (use scissors to cut) the image and adhere it to the non-scored side of the 1 1/2" x 3" piece of cardstock.

On another scrap of the Gingham Gala DSP, stamp the long floral vine in Night of Navy and layer it over a Whisper White scrap that is approximately 1/4" bigger than the DSP.

Stamp 3 bees in Night of Navy on a Whisper White scrap (about 1" x 3 3/4") and layer over a Gingham Gala scrap (appx. 1 1/4" x 4")

You can use the snail adhesive to adhere all your layers, but to make that pretty label pop on the front of your card, be sure to use the dimensionals! 

Another note, I used Night of Navy for the card base, and Daffodil Delight gingham paper, but feel free to play around with other fun Spring colors! I'd love to see what you come up with! 

Thanks again for "hopping" by, and now we're on to the blog of another sweet friend of mine, Sarah Fleming! 

I hope you've enjoyed all the fun Spring inspiration and you are inspired to create your own cards!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Happy Belated Valentine's Day!


When I posted yesterday for our Third Thursdays monthly challenge, I was EMBARRASSED to discover that I hadn't really posted since October! WHAT!?!? I'll admit things have been crrrrrazay around here! I attended Stampin' Up!s OnStage in November (I'll post more on that soon), then we spent half of December out of town for Christmas, January went by in a blur as I was finishing things up at work, and then YES I quit my job at the beginning of this month! I thought this would mean I had more time for stamping, but it's amazing how busy life can be even when you feel like you're not doing much of anything!

Aaaanyway... I'm recommitting to share what I've been making with you on a regular basis! Especially my Paper Pumpkin alternate projects AND case inserts (which have been my sanity even through the crazy times!) So check back soon for those as well!

I made this card for my husband for Valentine's Day, and although that day came and went a week ago, I still wanted to share it with you because you could also use this card for weddings or anniversaries. Imagine how pretty it would look in blue or purple!

I stamped the Marbled background stamp (SOOO in love with that one!) in Poppy Parade ink on Petal Pink cardstock using the Stamparatus (LOVE it for those background stamps!) and then layered several die cuts from the Be Mine Stitched Framelit Dies. These dies are a MUST have!!! They're not just for Valentine's Day! The "love" die is from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies, but my original plan was to use the Well Wishes dies...I just couldn't wait for my order to arrive so I used what I had! Haha!

To add some extra dimension to the sentiment, I cut three layers out of thick Whisper White cardstock and glued them together with the fine tip glue pen. My husband was really intrigued with that part and wondered what it was made out of. Just cardstock! LOL!

The finishing touch was to add several of the Heart Epoxy Droplets. There are actually 4 on this card... the smallest ones on the bottom are kind-of lost in the background but can be seen better in real life.

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So what do you think? Do you have any weddings or anniversaries coming up that you would use this card for? What colors would you make it in? I think a more soft and subtle pink or a monochromatic white would also be VERY pretty!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Hello Cupcake!

Welcome to another Third Thursdays Blog Hop! You may have joined me from the amazing Anne Marie Hile's blog if not, don't forget to "hop" back and see what she created!

This month we are focusing on all the fun FREE Sale-a-Bration goodies that are being offered with EVERY $50 purchase! I decided to showcase the Hello Cupcake! stamp set that has coordinating products coming out in March (because who loves fussy cutting? Not me!) I am an avid birthday card maker, so when I saw the Hello Cupcake set in this year's Sale-a-bration offerings, it was first on my list!

The cupcake image(s) are quick and easy to stamp as is, but I played with a watercoloring technique using my aqua painter, ink pads and coordinating Stampin' Write Markers. Ironically, I ended up using the SAME colors that are in our How Sweet It Is Suite! They scream Happy Birthday...in a fun way! They also happen to be my youngest sister's favorite colors, and her birthday is coming up! I think it was meant to be.

I actually created the inside of the card first. Knowing it was going to jump out at her (almost literally) I wanted the front of the card to be simple and showcase the cupcake in the fun colors.

This card proves that it's what's INSIDE that counts! (And no, it's not money... sorry Quinette!)

open it slowly!

(insert party blower sound effects here!)

I added a second watercolored cupcake image popped up with dimensionals on one side, and the classic Happy Birthday die cut on the other. To even it out, I punched out the Duet Banners (one in shimmery white, that I scored to make it pop up, and the other in Coastal Cabana with my sister's name written with our versatile Stampin' Write Markers!) 

I finished the card off with the "Celebrate Your Day" sentiment from the Hello Cupcake stamp set embossed in white, leaving just enough room for all of us to sign our names wishing her a Happy Birthday! 
(I can't wait to see what fancy signatures my kids come up with!)

Don't wait any longer to add this FREE stamp set to your order! SAB items are selling out FAST! The rest of these products used on today's card will be around for at least a little while longer:
Head on over and say hi to Sarah as you oooh and aaah over her creations! (Always stunning!) 

In case you missed anyone, here is the list of everyone participating this month - you won't want to miss ANY of the inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!