Sunday, July 31, 2011

Some Different Ways to Use the Blossom Bouquet Punch

The Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch makes three different shapes that can be layered, like I did on this card here.
Stamps: Bold Blossom, Happy Greetings 
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White 
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Wild Wasabi 
Accessories: Subtles Brads, Blossom Bouquet Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Pinking Heart Border Punch

But it can also be used in a lot of fun, unique ways. Here are a couple of cards using the Blossom Bouquet punch in different ways. The two cards I am showing you today use the most detailed shape repeatedly to make a border or a frame/mat.

Blossom Bouquet Frame

For this card I stamped the image in black Stazon on a Very Vanilla oval. The oval I used is the medium size from the Ovals Die. I colored it with a blender pen and Lucky Limeade ink. I used a red Sharpie marker to color Basic Rhinestones while they were still on the paper and let them dry while I was assembling the card.

I glued flowers behind the oval to create a mat or frame. In this case I used eight flowers to mat this oval. (The number of flowers that you need will vary depending on the size of the shape you want to mat.) To space them, I glued the flowers on to the back of the top and bottom.  

Then I glued the flowers to the back of each side like this.  

Then I added the other ones in between, overlapping as necessary.  

The matted shape looks like this.

I put a 3”x4” piece of Lucky Limeade designer paper onto a 4” x 5-1/4” Very Vanilla card front. I attached a 5” strip of Real Red Satin Ribbon over the join and then a 5” piece of Victoria Crochet Trim over that. I put this on a Real Red card base. I attached the matted oval to the front of the card with Dimensionals.

And here is the finished card.
Stamps: Easy Events 
Paper: Real Red, Lucky Limeade DP, Very Vanilla 
Ink: Basic Black, Lucky Limeade 
Accessories: Real Red 5/8" Satin ribbon, Victoria Crochet Trim, Ovals Die, Blossom Bouquet punch, Basic Rhinestones, Red Sharpie, Blender Pen, Dimensionals 
Techniques: Coloring with Blender Pen, Coloring Rhinestones 

Blossom Bouquet Border
Another way to use these flowers is to make a border. 

Here is a card where I used that type of border. To make the main panel, I stamped the Delicate Doilies images in Crumb Cake and Soft Suede. I stamped the sentiment from the Curly Cute stamp set in Soft Suede.  Then I used a Soft Suede marker and the Color Spritzer Tool to spatter the panel.  For the border, I punched out several of the flowers and line them up to make a border.  Here I am using them as a border that peaks out from under seam binding ribbon, so I trimmed one side down on all of the flowers.  (If you are making a border that tucks under a piece of cardstock, it may not be necessary to trim them.)  

When I set up the border, I let the flowers overlap a bit – I like the way it looks.  Instead of trying to get exact spacing, the easiest way to space them is to glue down the first two on the outside edges.  

Then I added the other ones in between, overlapping as necessary. To glue them down I use the multipurpose liquid glue (but 2-way glue would work as well).  
Then I covered the join with Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon with a bit of Very Vanilla ribbon tucked in the knot.

I put all of this on a Soft Suede cardstock base. And here is the finished card.
Stamps: Delicate Doilies, Curly Cute 
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla 
Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake 
Accessories: Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbons, Color Spritzer tool, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch 

I hope you like these cards and ideas. Thanks for reading my blog!

All items that I used here today are available from Stampin’ Up! If you are interested in purchasing any of these products, please visit my business website at

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Best of Everything Side Step Card and Tutorial

Edited to add – I’m having a little trouble with the photos for the tutorial, I will have them uploaded soon.

Here is a fun card and tutorial for you!

This stamp set is called The Best of Everything, and it is definitely one of my most favorites out of the new Idea Book and Catalog. I love this cute little card! It was inspired by a card that was on the front of last month's Stampin Success magazine (Stampin’ Up!’s demonstrator magazine),  but I changed the layout a little bit and made it into a Side Step card. See the tutorial below for how to cut and score this card. I stamped the birdies in Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Wisteria Wonder on a 1¾” x 4½” piece of Whisper White cardstock. In order for them to all fit, you have to stamp them one right under the other so that they are touching. I used the Scallop Border punch to punch a scalloped edge on a ¾” x 5” piece of Calypso Coral cardstock. I did the same with the same size pieces of Lucky Limeade, Pool Party and Island Indigo cardstock. Then I punched the same border out of a 1¾” x 5” piece of Wisteria Wonder cardstock.  I layered these on top of each other and adhered them to the main front panel of the card. I put three Calypso Coral Polka Dot brads through a ¾” x 4¼” piece of Crumb cake cardstock and then attached that to the side step using Sticky Strip. I stamped the sentiment on in Island Indigo on a piece of Pool Party cardstock and punched it out with a Modern Label punch.  Actually I shortened up the punch a bit, I will have a post soon on how to do that!

Here is how I made the side step card.

1. I scored in only 1" from the side at 1", 2" and 6.5".

2. I cut in 1" from the edge from the 1" score mark to the 6.5" score mark. (cut a one inch strip but didn't cut all the way to either end.)

3. On the other side of the cut I made a 3-1/4" long score at the 5.5" mark. 

4. Hold the card so the 1” cut strip is on your right, then fold at the 5.5” and 6.5” so that the cardstock is folding away from you.

5. Fold at the 2” score mark so that it is folding toward you, and at the 1” score mark so that it is folding away from you.

6. Crease all of the folds well with your bone folder and decorate your card.

Thanks for reading my blog!

All supplies are available from Stampin Up! If you would like to purchase any of the products used here, please visit my business website at

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A few fun cards

Sorry it has been so long since I’ve uploaded. I have a tutorial in mind that I would like to share with you, but I haven’t had time to get it done. Summer is always such a crazy busy time! For now, I would just like to share a few fun cards with you!

Here is one made with the new Delicate Doilies stamp set.  I love how the Soft Suede and Vanilla work together on this card! I used the color Spritzer tool and a Soft Suede marker to get the spatter effect. The border is just flowers punched from the Blossom Bouquet triple layer punch and lined up (slightly overlapping).

Stamps: Delicate Doilies, Curly Cute 
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla 
Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake 
Accessories: Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbons, Color Spritzer tool, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch 

This beautiful new hostess set, Simply Soft, makes up so quick and easy into a fabulous card.
Stamps: Simply Soft, Kind Thanks 
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Marina Mist, Pretty In Pink, Very Vanilla, Beau Chateau DSP 
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Marina Mist 
Accessories: Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Self Adhesive Pearls, Certainly Celery pastels (chalk) for stem, Houndstooth Embossing Folder 
Techniques: 2-step stamping 

This lovely little favor box is a Make & Take from my Open house. (The edging inside the box is the Lace Ribbon Border Punch.)
  Paper: Real Red (6x12"), Basic Black, First Edition DSP 
Accessories: Fancy Favor Die, Fun Flowers Die, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Basic Black 1-1/4" Wide Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Brights Glimmer Brads, Piercing Tool, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, 6x8' Cellophane Bags, Basic Black 5/8" Satin Ribbon 

And finally, I just had to show you one more Baby Steps card. I love this Baby Steps image and am sorry it retired. I needed to make a card for a baby shower and I couldn't resist using it again. I CASEd this card from this beautiful one by Renee (prchvs)

I kept the layout and main image, but changed the colors and designer paper used and used a different sentiment and label punch. The designer paper used on this card is retired, too. Sorry!

Stamps: Baby Steps, Sweetness Unlimited 
Paper: Marina Mist, Whisper White, Nursery Suite DSP, Good Neighbor DSP (old SAB gift) 
Ink: Marina Mist, Early Espresso 
Accessories: 2-1/2" circle punch, Subtles designer buttons, White 3/8' taffeta ribbon, Early Espresso 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Modern Label punch, glue dots 

Friday, July 8, 2011

I Dig "I Dig You"!

Here is a fun birthday card made with my new “I Dig You” set.

When I saw this set, I knew it was one of the first ones I wanted to buy! I have a lot of little boys in the family who will love the cards I am going to make with this. This card is pretty simple to make, but I will walk you through the basics. The base is Chocolate Chip. I attached two different 2 x 5 ¼” pieces of “Just Add Cake” Designer Paper to the base and then attached a ½ x 5 ¼” strip of Baja Breeze cardstock across the card to cover where the two designer papers joined. I stamped the backhoe in So Saffron on a 2 ¾ x 4 ¾ piece of Whisper White cardstock. I cut out just the tiniest little sliver of Chocolate Chip cardstock, this piece is about 1” long, and glued it with 2-way glue so that it made a pole coming off of the end of the backhoe. I stamped the little bear in Chocolate Chip, cut him out and glued him on top of the backhoe. I colored the presents image with Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi and Poppy Parade markers and stamped them on either side of the backhoe. I matted the stamped image with a 2-7/8 x 4-7/8” piece of Chocolate Chip Cardstock. I attached this to the center of the card. Then I stamped the “happy dirtday” sentiment in Poppy Parade on a 3/8 x 2” strip of Whisper White cardstock and trimmed the end down to make a banner. I matted that with a ½” wide strip of Baja Breeze cardstock and trimmed that to match the white layer. I attached that to the little Chocolate Chip pole and called it done!

I hope you like it! Thanks for reading my blog.  

All products used are from Stampin' Up!. If you would like to purchase any of the products used here, please visit my business website at