Good-Bye to Holiday Favorites

Good-Bye to Holiday Favorites

Happy New Year, everyone! The holidays are over and it’s time for new beginnings. I’m really excited for the new Occasions catalog that is coming out on January 4th from Stampin’ Up, but there are also several of my holiday favorites that are retiring. I wanted to make just one more card using some of my favorites from the holidays.

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Petals and Paisleys Double Z Fold Card

Petals and Paisleys Double Z Fold Card

I have been challenging myself to create more cards that break the mold of the “usual” card. This time I’m trying a square card shape with a double Z fold in it. There is a high return on investment with this type of card. It looks very fancy, but isn’t as difficult to make as you would expect.

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35 Years of Happily Ever After

My parent’s 35th anniversary is coming up. My sisters and I are, of course, throwing them a party. We’ve got grand plans. Grand, indeed. Of course, that means we will need to invite people. So many times these days people don’t bother to actually send invitations (except for a wedding). They send an email, call, or create a facebook event. I don’t use facebook much at least once I’ve found out six months after a party happened that I had been invited to it. Oops!

My mom was the one who got me into cardmaking in the first place, so of course I had to make real invitations for it!

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I used a design similar to a previous card I made, but changed from black and white to full color. You can see my first card here.

Designing a card can take a long time, but if you know exactly what you want, you can make a lot of cards quickly. I got seven cards completed in an hour and fifteen minutes after putting my son to bed one night this week.

Dies are great when you have to make multiples. I used a Rose Garden Thinlit die from Stampin’ Up! It was quick and easy to cut out several roses in a row. The most time intensive part of these cards was after I glued the die cut roses to the Calypso Coral background paper. I fussy cut around the edge of the rose so the background paper matched the rose shape, but even that didn’t take too long.

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This fold looks fancy, but it is actually really simple. It’s the same dimensions are a regular card, but the front of the card is folded in half. Two same sized panels are added, one to the front of the card that hangs over, and one to the inside of the card right behind it. The inside panel has all the invitation details on it. (Well, it does now. The inside panel wasn’t added yet when I took these photos.)

This really is a great card for making multiples or single cards, too!

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Here’s the color scheme, though the main colors are Blackberry Bliss and Calypso Coral. The rest of the colors are accents in the Wildflower Designer Series paper.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Materials:

Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Blackberry Bliss (retired) (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Wildflower Designer Series Paper (retired) (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Big News (retired) (c) Stampion’ Up!

Ink: Blackberry Bliss (retired) (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Lots of retired products in the lineup today…sorry about that! Hopefully if you want to make a similar card you can find substitutes for these!

Celebrate Today in Black and White

 

This card was made in response to Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #57.

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Hello again, readers! I’m happy to announce that I am back! I’ve had a crazy busy month, filled with trips, events, and a busy work schedule, but things are finally settling back to normal. I’m excited to be writing and sharing cards once again and I’ve got a whole pile waiting for you!

This is a simple fancy folded ‘Z’ card. The front of the card has been folded back in half and the white panel on the front lines up with the inner white panel. Start with a half sheet of cardstock (5-1/2 x 11). Score at 4-1/4, flip over, score at 2-1/8, then crease both folds. This is what it looks like from the top:

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I decorated the left panel with Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! I love the bold designs in this paper stack and they are perfect for this challenge.

I cut out a small rose shape from the Rose Garden Thinlit Die set and glued it in the corner of the front white panel. I trimmed the corner off around the rose petals so a little bit of the inside of the card showed through.

On the inside of the card I added a little bit of metallic silver washi tape as an accent.

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Finally, I finished off the card by adding the sentiment from the Enjoy the Little Things stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

Thanks for visiting and for your patience while I was gone! Happy stamping!

Materials:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Enjoy the Little Things stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: silver washi tape

Starlit Celebration

This card is dedicated to celebrations, including the one at Paper Players! Congratulations on Challenge 300!

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Above the tulle and candlelight, two balloons float amidst the stars. The two balloons are nestled close together, finding a quiet moment amidst the festivities to just lean up against each other.

I chose not to include a sentiment on this card, in part to keep it simple, but also because in my imagination this same view of the stars could be at a wedding or many years later at an anniversary celebration. This timeless love story reminds me of my own grandparents who celebrated 67 years of marriage. They passed away exactly two weeks apart; my grandfather, who was normally in excellent health for a 91 year old, couldn’t live without my grandma.

Like two balloons whose strings have been cut, floating away through the stars…

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Now that I have you all tearing up… let’s talk about how to make this card!

The background paper is from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack from Stampin’ Up! The sheer tulle drapes are made of vellum that I cut with large circular dies into crescent shapes. I made sure one end came to a point, but didn’t worry about the other end, because I knew it wouldn’t fit on the card anyway. I didn’t measure or plan these precisely. Rather, I cut several and laid them on the paper to see what worked. I trimmed off anything that hung over the edges.

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The balloons were punched out of Whistper White cardstock using the Balloon Bouquet punch from Stampin’ Up! I sponged on just a little bit of color to make them look three dimensional. The Might of Navy shadow on the top and the Watermelon Wonder (with a hint of Daffodil Delight) highlighting below make the balloons look like they are lit from below with candlelight, firelight, or holiday lights from the party.

The bottoms of the balloons are attached directly to the background paper, but the tops are propped up on dimensionals to add to the illusion of depth. Finally, I used a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to add strings to the balloons, which are only visible on the balloon’s neck and up against the tulle.

Thanks for visiting! I hope that you have cause to celebrate this summer!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Going Places Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Basic Black, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Circle Dies

Markers: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: vellum, sponge, dimensionals