Get Well Soon Card Idea Using Balloon Framelits Dies

CHALLENGE:  I have been creating greeting cards for thirteen years, and it is still difficult for me to design Get Well cards.  I always like to have cards on-hand when I need them, which means I like to create cards ahead-of-time instead of waiting for the occasion to arrive.  If I wait, I am always scrambling for supplies and rushing and I end up just throwing stuff together.  Whenever I make Get Well cards, I always like to make the cards gender-neutral like I do when I make Sympathy cards, because I obviously don’t know who the recipient will be. SOLUTION:  I came up with a design that is fun and simple but also has a lot of dimension and different textures.  This Get Well card design works well not only for men and women, but for kids, too!  You can use this template to help you when you need to create a Get Well card. This template puts to use several of your Stampin’ Up! products, both current and retired.  I love the Balloon Framelits Dies from the current 2015 Occasions Catalog.  They coordinate perfectly with the Celebrate Today Photopolymer Stamp Set.  (…and you’re lucky because the framelits and the stamp set are sold in a bundle!  buy them together and save 15% HERE!)CURRENT PRODUCTS AVAILABLE TO ORDER: Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog   WHAT IF THE ITEMS SHOWN IN THE EXAMPLE ARE RETIRED? Don’t fret! I perused the current catalogs (available for viewing on the sidebar) and chose current products that will work perfectly as substitutes If you don’t have the retired Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, any Stampin’ Up! Embossing Folder will do, especially the Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Choose a Thick Baker’s Twine color HERE. Use the beautiful Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper for the balloons.   COME BACK TOMORROW FOR THE TUTORIAL: I will show you some tricks on how to attach the ribbon and the bows.  It will be fun!!  Promise!SHOP: HERE

Sympathy Card Idea Using Label Collections Framelits

CHALLENGE:  Let’s face it.  No one enjoys buying  sympathy cards.  There is absolutely nothing fun about having to go to the store to buy a card for the loss of a loved one.  That is why I only make handmade sympathy cards if someone specifically asks for one.  It is so depressing to try to come up with designs when you know that grief is involved. SOLUTION:  I came up with an elegant design that is gender-neutral and classic.  You can use this template to help you when you need to create a sympathy card.  Honestly, it was kind of therapeutic to make. It is a great template because you can put to use several of your Stampin’ Up! products, both current and retired. CURRENT PRODUCTS AVAILABLE TO ORDER: (Update:  Blendabilities have been discontinued.  Read below for alternative ideas.) WHAT IF THE ITEMS SHOWN IN THE EXAMPLE ARE RETIRED? Don’t fret! There are several current stamp sets that include sayings that are appropriate for sympathy cards. (I used the “With Sympathy” stamp from the retired Loving Thoughts stamp set from Stampin’ Up!) If you don’t have the retired Tulip Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, any Stampin’ Up! Embossing Folder will do. The ribbon is retired, too, but we have several ribbons from which to choose. I colored the flowers with Blendabilities, which are currently discontinued. You can easily use any of Stampin’ Up!’s other products that are designed for coloring. REMEMBER: Just keep it simple and understated and you will do fine! SHARE: Share links to your sympathy card creations in the comments section below. ORDER:  HERE

Stampin’ Up! Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies: Baby Girl Card

Have I told you how much I love the set of dies that are included in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies collection?  Add in the Hello You Thinlits Dies and I just want to, well, DIE!!!!! Here is a look at the inside.  I always love to add good ‘ole drywall tape to my cards to accentuate the background paper.  The tape provides a nice dimension.  For the baby boy card, click HERE.   Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog  

Stampin’ Up! Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies

I am in total love with Stampin’ Up’s new Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies from the current Occasions Catalog.  At first, I didn’t think I really needed it.  However, I realized that I could use it to make a cute pocket card and now I am addicted to it! It comes with so many pieces, making it such a great value.  Take a look at all of the dies that you get: In addition to the dies to make the treat bag, you also get a heart and star dies, a banner and a bow die, a word window die, “enjoy” and “for you” word dies, and three different border dies. This card make me so happy to look at.  To me, it is more than just a card.  It is a symbol to me of my return to being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator full-time.  I took time off to get my business off the ground and to take care of my husband during his battle with colon cancer.  I don’t know what it is about this card, but it just makes me smile!   Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog   Time is running out to take advantage of Sale-a-Bration!!  Place an order of $50 before s/h and tax and receive free product!!!  Read more HERE.

Help! I Ran Out of Sequins!

  Remember when I mentioned HERE that when I make cards, I make a least 24 of each design?  Well, sometimes that is a little problematic.  It’s even more of a catastrophe when it’s ten o’clock on a Saturday night and I run out of supplies.  See those three little gold circles on the card? They are supposed to be gold sequins from the 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment.  They NEEDED to be gold because I tried using the other fun colors in the bunch and they just didn’t look right.  Yes, out of over 750 tiny sequins, I NEEDED more gold.  What to do?  Why, make my own sequins, of course! I used the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder with some scraps of the Foil Sheets – Gold to create some shiny polka dots.  I used the 1/4″ circle handheld punch to punch out each little dot, and adhered each circle with a glue dot.  It was so easy to do and it achieved the look the I was going for.  Success! Don’t forget that Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31st!  Place your order of $50 now to receive free product.  Click HERE to shop. Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog  

An Easier Way to Make a Tag-Topper-Scalloped-Punch Card

I am totally in love with Stampin’ Up!’s Tag Topper Scalloped Punch!  In addition to creating cute tags, the punch can also be used to create a really fun opening for a card.  I love the look of the cards made with the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch, but the tutorials I watched all seemed a little too time-intensive for me.  Whenever I create a card, I always make 24 of the same card, so I am always looking for a way to make difficult designs a little bit easier.  Enter the Tag-Topper-Scalloped-Punch Card Belly-Band.  Same look, different approach. Take a look at the back side of the card. It is so easy to make and like I said, it makes the process go so much faster.  (It also uses an extra piece of cardstock, which not only gives the card a pop of color, but also helps with upselling.) Measurements: cut each strip 2″ x 8-3/4″ punch each end with the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch score one end at 1-1/8″ score one end at 3-1/8″ Tutorial: adhere the middle part of the strip to the back of the card so that the scallop end with the 1-1/8″ score line is on the right side of the card and the scallop end with the 3-1/8″ score line is on the left side of the card add Designer Series Paper and a sentiment tie with cute ribbon Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog