Friday, January 31, 2020

Busy Bees

 Today while working on some more bee cards, I decided to do this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I used the honeycomb die as a stencil and used a sponge dauber to create the background.  Two of the little bees are stamped right onto the background and the third one is raised with dimensionals; as is the bee hive. Here is the sketch for the week.

Today's combination of products will let you qualify for a Level One Sale-a-Bration product.....which would probably be the Golden Honey Specialty DSP to go along with this bundle.
You can shop on-line HERE

I enjoyed doing this sketch today and am going to try to make it a habit  - again.  
Thanks for stopping by,
Honey Bee Bundle - 153792 - $55.75
Sponge Daubers - 133773 - $7.00 (pkg of 5)

Golden Accents

 Today's card is full of gold.  The Golden Honey Specialty DSP is lined with gold hexagons and those little solid hexagons are actually leftover pieces from the honeycomb I cut out yesterday.  I don't keep every single scrap I make, but those little pieces were just asking to be put on this piece of DSP to brighten it up.  The other gold feature is the detailed honey bee.  I did cut a little body for him to highlight his gold stripes and also to make it easier for him to stick on the card with a dimensional.
The little Stitched Label works perfectly with this card for the sentiment because of its elongated hexagon shape.

I've been enjoying working with this bundle and specialty paper, and will have a few more samples to share with you.  That's it for today though - have a great day.
Honey Bee Bundle - 153792 - $55.75
Golden Honey Specialty DSP - 152311 - FREE with $60.00 order
Stitched Nested Labels - 149638 - $48.00
Gold Foil Sheets - 132622 - $6.75
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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Double Duty DSP

 Today I've taken one 4"x12" strip of Golden Honey Specialty DSP and created two cards. I cut the strip into two pieces of 5.25" x 4" which is standard for our cards. Next, I cut 1.5 off of each piece.  The two cards are created simply by using both sides of the DSP and changing the orientation.  You could do this with most sheets of double sided DSP because they generally coordinate with one another.
 I've used the little honeycomb die from the Detailed Bee dies using Gold Foil paper.  The large bee has been stamped and cut out with a die and raised on the card with a dimensional.  The greeting has been stamped with Whisper White Craft ink onto the Basic Black 1"  band.

I'm encouraging you to purchase the Honey Bee bundle since you save 10%.  You can buy the stamp set and the dies separately, but why would you when you can save?

Also, remember that this coordinating Golden Honey Specialty DSP is ONLY available as a Level One Sale-a-Bration item.  You can select it for FREE with a $60 purchase of any Stampin'Up! product.

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  Thanks for popping by today, I appreciate your visit!
Honey Bee Bundle - 153792 - $55.75

Gold Foil Sheets - 132622 - $6.75
Whisper White Craft Pad and Refill - 147277 - $13.00  (stamp pad comes uninked)

Golden Honey Specialty DSP - 152311 - FREE with $60 purchase.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Askew Honey Bee

 Sometimes when I'm stuck, not knowing where to start for a card, I'll go over to Freshly Made Sketches to see what their sketch of the week is.  That's what I did as I began playing with my Honey Bee Bundle.
I love askew! So this sketch was fun to work with.  I chose a piece of the Golden Honey Specialty DSP, which is a Level 1 Sale-a-Bration product, as my focal paper.  The accent is the larger bee from the Honey Bee stamp set which is easily cut out with the coordinating dies.  Here is the original sketch.

Did you know you save 10% when you purchase a Stampin'Up! Bundle?  It's a great way to have the products you need to make your creations easily, and they always include extra little dies that go beyond the stamped images; such as the detailed bee, the honeycomb and the little hearts.

Our Gold Foil Sheets are also a perfect accent for your honey bee cards when they are used with the honeycomb or the detailed bee.  When you purchase the Honey Bee bundle and the Gold Foil Sheets you will qualify for the coordinatiang Level 1 Sale-a-bration item, Golden Honey Specialty DSP.

Honey Bee Bundle - 153792 - $55.75
Gold Foil Sheets - 132622 - $6.75
Golden Honey Specialty DSP - 152311- FREE with $60 order

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That's it for today.  I will be sharing more honey bee cards over the next couple of days.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Set Sail

 I cased this card from one I saw at On Stage this past fall.  I have no idea who the original designer is - sorry.  I changed the card up a bit by adding the satin ribbon and the tag with the quote on it.
I liked the trio of images and the wee bit of masking done to put the lighthouse behind the compass.  The little sailboat is cut out using the coordinating dies and popped up with dimensionals.

Here are the items I used to make the card....I didn't use any DSP but I've included it because everything  coordinates.   If you purchase  all three  items you  will qualify  for a  
Level One Sale-a-bration item.
Sailing Home - 149457 - $33.00

Smooth Sailing - 149576 - $44.00

Come Sail Away DSP - 149481 - $15.75
We had a good time at Tuesday's card class and now I'm getting cards ready for next month.  This card will be one of them.

That's it for today.
Have you got snow in your neck of the woods?  Stay warm!
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Single Curtain Fold

I've made cards with this Curtain Fold before, but I haven't given instructions for others to follow.  This was the first fancy Designer Series Paper fold I learned and I love how it showcases the paper.

Begin with a piece of DSP cut 5 1/2"x 12"

Mark the paper with a pencil, along the short sides, 1" from the top and bottom as shown above.  Line the pencil marks up with the groove on a paper cutter and cut along the diagonal.  This will give you two pieces to do the curtain fold with.

Next, line up your paper with the long edge at the top of the Simply Scored Scoring tool.  Using the stylus, score your paper at...

1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 inches

Once your paper is scored, begin with the long side and make accordian folds across the strip.
Tack the flaps down with SNAIL to get them to lie flat.  I do this on both sides of the piece.  When I adhere the "curtain" to my card base or mat, I use two lengths of Tear Tape to ensure everything stays in place.

Finally, finish the card the way you want.  There are tons of examples of these cards to help spark your creativity. 

For my card, I used the Perennial Essence DSP and the A Big Thank You stamp set for the greeting; which I embossed in silver to match the silver edge on the ribbon.
That's it for today.  I hope I've inspired you to dig into your DSP and use some of it up on these folds I've been sharing.
Thanks for dropping by

Perennial Essence DSP - 149100 - $15.75

A Big Thank You - 147377 - $22.00
Simply Scored Tool - 122334 - $41.00

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Chevron fold with DSP

 I found this neat Chevron fold when looking for ways to use folded Designer Series Paper on cards.  It's a cute way to showcase both sides of the DSP, because sometimes you can't decide which side to use.  These easy instructions were found on Lyssa Zwolanek's blog.

To create the chevron, begin with 5 strips of DSP measuring 1" x 2.5"

Using three of the strips - fold the top right corner over to the left edge and the bottom left corner over to the right edge.
Using two strips - fold the top left corner over to the right edge and the bottom right corner over to the left edge.
Refer to the photo above.

Next, create a chevron shape alternating the strips you folded three of with the strips you folded two of.... 3 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 3 

Keeping the chevron shape, adhere the strips to a mat and complete your card.  I've kept the corners loose but if you like you can tack them down.  You can also turn your card so it is vertical and decorate it that way.  You'll need a different, shorter, greeting with this design.

For this card I used the Peaceful Poppies DSP and the Peaceful Moments Bundle for both the black poppy outline and the greeting.

 That's it for today.  I have one more fold to show tomorrow, then I'll get on to other things.
Thanks for dropping by.

Purchasing these two items qualifies you for a Level One Sale-a-Bration item.
Peaceful Poppies DSP - 151324 - $15.75
Peaceful Moments Bundle - 153824 - $71.00

Monday, January 20, 2020

Collar Fold Cards

Today's card uses the simple Collar Fold.....but it's another great way to showcase your Designer Series Paper.  There are so many effects you can make with this simple cut.
For the card above, I started with a piece of DSP measuring 3 3/4" x 5".  Using the long edge of the paper, I measured down 2 1/2" and made a cut into the paper 2".  Then I folded back the corners to create the collar.

 On my second card I lowered the slit to 1.5" from the bottom and cut in only 1.5" from the edge.
 You still get your corners, just in a different location and with two different lengths.  There are many possibilities depending on where you place your slit along the edge, and how far you cut into the paper.  In any case it's a good way to use up your DSP and to showcase both sides of the paper.

For both of today's cards I used items from the Tropical Oasis Suite.  Stampin'Up! Suites are the best way to get almost everything you need to make fabulous cards...DSP, tools and embellishments to coordinate with the stamp set.

I'll share one more DSP fold tomorrow.
Thanks for visiting today.

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Tropical Oasis DSP - 151252 - $15.75
Timeless Tropical Bundle - 153811 - $71.00
Tropical Oasis Suite - 153941 - $158.25

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Double Curtain Fold DSP

I went looking for card designs which used DSP folded in fancy ways to come up with a series of cards to use for a workshop.  I know people who are hoarding their DSP and I wanted to give them some ways to use it - so they can buy more beautiful DSP.

It took a while to find understandable directions for the Double Curtain folds on the above card.  I finally succeeded at The Way We Stamp with Julie DeGuia.  Below is the diagram Julie has on her site on where to score and how to cut.

I started with a 10"x 5" piece of DSP.   That was an easier cut to make and matched up with the white mat that the folded piece would go onto.  I then used Julie's measurements for scoring along the long side of the paper using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  With a pencil I marked my paper at the central points on the long side - 4.5" and 5.5" and did my best to catch the 2 3/16 and 3 3/16" marks along the short sides.  I lined up my pencil marks with the track on my paper trimmer and cut the diagonals.

I started folding at the central point of the long side so that I had the pattern I wanted showing on the "outside".  I used a bone folder to make sure each crease was crisp and also tacked each fold down with SNAIL  adhesive.  When I attached the folded piece to my embossed mat, I used Tear and Tape Adhesive to be sure the folds stayed stuck to the card.   You may find the folded piece hangs over the side edges a bit.  Just be sure that the piece is centered before you adhere it and then snip the excess off the sides. Then, finish up your card any way you want to.

The Designer Series Paper I used for this card is the Lily Impressions which you can get for FREE with your $60 order during Sale-a-Bration.

That's it for today.  I'll be back tomorrow with some more folded DSP
Thanks for dropping by.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Let the Paper Do the Work

 Stampin'Up! has been rockin' it with the Designer Series Paper lately!  And as much as we tend to want to hoard our DSP we need to use it. Sometimes, it can be the whole focus of the card instead of just an accent.

Peaceful Poppies DSP does exactly this!   For the card above, I've used a Poppy Parade card base and a Pear Pizzazz strip which has been sponged with matching ink.  Both the poppy outline thinlit and the greeting come from the Peaceful Moments Bundle.

Rich Razzleberry was used for the base of this card and another piece of Peaceful Poppies DSP.  The strip is the opposite side of this sheet of paper.  Remember, all regular Stampin'Up! DSP is doublesided.
Vellum Cardstock and white embossing powder were used for the accents on the next card.  The Pear Pizzazz marker was used to add some colour to the leaf.  This greeting came from the Itty Bitty Greetings set because I didn't want the greeting to cover up the DSP.
This has to be the simplest card!  And yes, this is a piece of DSP.  Because this print runs along the top and the bottom of the 12x12 sheet, you can get six of these cards created in a snap.
The base is Blackberry Bliss, as is the strip across the card.  I used the Everyday Punch and sponged the label with Pear Pizzaz ink.  The greeting come from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.

Peaceful Moments Bundle - 153824 - $71.00

Peaceful Poppies DSP - 151324 - $15.75
Itty Bitty Greetings - 151331 - $49.00
Everyday Label Punch - 144668 - $24.00
If you purchased the items above to create these cards, and many more, you would qualify for a Level Two item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  Shop at my on-line Store HERE.

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Have a stampy day.