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Jill’s Baby Shower Card

Last week, one of my coworkers asked me to create a special baby shower card. Her daughter-in-law’s shower was going to be held in Wisconsin, but the mother-to-be lives in California. The shower hostess requested all gifts be shipped to California, but include a message or picture of what will be sent inside the baby shower card. So not only did Jill want me to create a special card, but a purposeful card as well.

To be honest, I don’t often create special-order cards, but I certainly didn’t want to let Jill down.

Most of my project includes RETIRED Stampin’ Up! products…WAITING FOR THE RIGHT PROJECT STORAGE comes to my rescue again.

Basically, the card is a gatefold card with a hidden message section.

#1.  Basic gatefold design – Used Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, and Something Borrowed DSP.

#2  Closed card without embellishments

#3.  Gift scan mounted on Top Note Die used as the “hidden message”  (Pink Pirouette)

#4.  Inside piece – front section of “hidden message” Top Note.  Used Something for Baby stamp set, Circle Framelits, pearls, twine for hair, bow punch from Cookie Cutter punch, 1/4″ circle punch for face.

#5  Back section of hidden message cover.  Love our new adhesive strips!  Keeps the Top Note from sliding down.

#6.  Inside panel with hidden message cover and Top Note message attached.

#7.  Finished card with tag  (Jill used the tag for another item) made with Stitched Framelits.  Sweet Essentials Stamp Set for the baby phrase.

#8.  My final card and the baby shower invitation.  Even I surprised myself at how closely I matched the designs.

Jill squealed in delight when I handed over the card creation.  It was the talk of the lunch table, and I heard it was adored at the shower.  

Glad to be of service, Jill.  You definitely jumpstarted my stampin’ mojo.  

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Throwback Thursday – Embossed Foil Card

I haven’t done a Throwback Thursday for quite a while.  Today’s card features a technique from October 2011 called Embossed Metal Technique.  The older card used Jack of All Trades stamp set and the web embossing folder plus some accent images from Spooky Bits stamp set.  The metal on this card was a thick and sturdy piece of craft metal.

For my new card, I wanted to feature more of the embossed piece, but didn’t have a thick piece of craft metal at the ready so I used aluminum foil instead.  You do need to be careful to not tear the larger piece, but it is quite economical and sure to be found in your cupboard.  I went to our lovely Woodlands embossing folder for this card plus I used the Peace This Christmas stamp set.

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Fabulous Friday – Cupcake Shaker Card

Ok, so I cheated a little on this one.  Had the shaker card made already and just blinged it up a bit to post tonight.  What’s my reason?  Well, my adult son wanted to have some movie time with me.  THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN OFTEN.  So I hurried my planned stamping time tonight to spend it with him instead.

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Swallowtail Duo Embossing With Faux Stone Background

Thank goodness Swallowtail made it into the new catalog.  I would have been weeping for days if it was retired.  Believe it or not, I'm not really a butterfly gal, but I love this one.  There are stamp sets that are just meant to use with techniques.  Swallowtail is one of them.

At a recent Technique Tuesday, I taught my stampers how to do Duo Embossing.  The key part for this technique is not to tap off the excess like you usually would.  You need to sprinkle the lightest color embossing powder where you want it first then quickly flip it upside down and then tap off the excess.  Then put the darker embossing powder over the remaining section and tap off and heat as usual.

In addition, I brought out one of my homemade stamps which works perfectly for a Faux Stone background.  All I did was cut up pieces of unused rubber and attach it to a blank block.  Ink it up and stamp on card stock!

Here was the finished card:

Duo Color Embossing Card-Swallowtail

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Honeycomb Heart Technique Valentine Card

Honeycomb Heart Technique


This is one of the techniques I taught at a recent Technique Tuesday stamp class.  This Honeycomb Heart technique uses 8 punched shapes and some Tombow glue.  I love our Polka Dot DSP!  It was perfect for this card.  After you punch out the hearts, fold them in half and then glue them together, tapping them on the folded section so they line up correctly.

Here's a side view of the technique –


Honeycomb Heart Technique

I used the Patterned Occasions Sale-A-Bration stamp set for the latte image – just colored in the heart with a Real Red marker.

The tent card format is one of my favorites – the base is 8" x 4" .  Just be sure to use your Stampin' Up! grid paper or an envelope to make sure you place your tent "topper" at the right spot (oh, and don't forget to only put adhesive on the bottom portion of that topper!).


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Gently Falling Reverse Soot Stamping Card

Today's post is one of the techniques I taught last month to my stampers.  Our Gently Falling stamp set is perfect to use for this technique! 

Gently Falling-Reverse Soot Stamping


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So Easy Faux Shaker Owl Card

Welcome to the second 2010 VC Rocks Bloghop.. you’ve most likely arrived here from  www.scrappin-for-sanity.blogspot.com .  If you want to start at the beginning of the blog hop, you can start here – www.vcrocks.blogspot.com

One of the retiring stamp sets I will miss using with my customers is Owl Together Now.  At my Technique Tuesday class this month, I showcased one of the easiest ways to create a Faux Shaker card.

The biggest time saver is using a CD/Disk Envelope.  You can find these in almost any office supply or discount store.  I then cut one apart to use as a template when planning my stamped piece.  The white insert piece is 4.75" x 4.75". 


I punched out one Scallop Circle in Old Olive.  I trimmed off the edge on the left side.  I then trimmed the strip of textured Chocolate Chip card stock to look like a tree trunk.   The textured card stock does give the tree some dimension!  Do not use too much confetti – in fact, less is more!  I used small gold and red hearts.


Before attaching the tree parts to the Whisper White card stock, I stamped the branch in Old Olive and then stamped 3 owls in Chocolate Chip.  The hearts and the phrase were stamped in Real Red.  (Sorry for the fuzzy picture here)


I stamped the outside of the CD envelope with hearts and then sponged it with Chocolate Chip ink.  I inserted the Whisper White stamped piece into the CD envelope.  I put the confetti inside and sealed the envelope so the confetti doesn’t fall out!   I mounted the sealed envelope to a piece of Old Olive card stock and then to a folded piece of Whisper White.    Here is the finished card:


Supplies Needed:

  • Textured Chocolate Chip/Old Olive/Whisper White Card Stock
  • Chocolate Chip/Old Olive/Real Red Ink
  • CD Envelope
  • Confetti
  • MonoAdhesive
  • Sponge

What is VC Rocks…and why do I love it??  VC Rocks is an online community where members share their love of stamping before, during, and after the Stampin’ Up! convention.  If you can’t go (or even if you can) to convention, you can get your "stampin’ mojo fix" with challenges, swaps, and discussions!  I have "met’ many fabulous stamping demos and nondemos through this group.

Thanks for stopping by, and now your next stop is –   www.lisalovesstampinandscrapin.blogspot.com


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