Sunday, December 30, 2012

Medallion Wedding Card

Medallion Wedding Card by Andrea G71

My sister-in-law attended a wedding this weekend and asked me to make a card for her.  After searching on the web for an idea as I was pressed for time, I found THIS CARD to CASE.

I embossed the Medallion stamp in white embossing powder and lightly sponged Baja Breeze ink over the entire square of card stock.


Stamps:  Medallion, Tiny Tags
Paper: Card base from Embossed Box of Cards (Michaels), Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Vellum Card Stock
Ink:  Baja Breeze, White
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Edge Distresser, Dimensionals, Sponge, White Organdy Ribbon (retired), Baja 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Glue Dot, Pearl (Pretties Kit retired), Tag Punch, 1/8" Circle Punch (retired)

Thanks for looking.  Happy New Year!! 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland by Andrea G71

Here is the third card that was made at the Christmas stack parties.  I think it was everyone's favourite.  Something about blue in a Christmas card....


Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree, Many Merry Messages (retired), Serene Snowflakes
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy
Ink:  White Craft, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Chocolate chip
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Button, White Baker's Twine, Glue Dot, Edge Distresser, Paper Cutter

 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  

Monday, December 24, 2012

Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings by Andrea G71
The second Christmas stack party card.

I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas Eve. 


Stamps:  Peaceful Season (retired), Tree Trimmings (retired)
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Grey
Ink:  VersaMark, Real Red
Accessories:  Silver Embossing Powder, Silver String, Red Satin Ribbon, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Dimensional, Silver Brad

Merry Christmas!

Hanging Ornament Keepsakes

Hanging Ornament Keepsakes by Andrea G71

 I totally cased this from a card I saw on Splitcoaststampers.  Loved it so much I had to copy it.  Love how the ornaments stand out against the white background.  The bow on either end of the line was too fiddly so I just made a bow at one end. 


Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes, Greetings of the Season
Paper:  Whsiper White, Real Red
Ink:  Real Read, Old Olive, Pool Party
Accessories:  Baker's Twine, Rhinestone, Brad, Dimensionals, Holiday Ornaments Framelit Dies

Have a very merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth by Andrea G71

I led two Christmas stack parties this fall.  One in early September and the other at the end of November.  This is one of the cards we made.  Please excuse the speckles on the card.  Those are not supposed to be thereThe card was accidentally sprayed when cleaning some stamps.  I forgot to take a new photo of the card but decided to post this one anyway as I wanted a record of the card that was made. 


Stamps:  Season of Joy, Four the Holidays (retired)
Paper:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Retired SU Christmas DSP
Ink:  Early Espresso, Old Olive
Accessories:  Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Corner Rounder, Square Punch (used to punch the "flags" on the DSP strips)

Hope you are ready for Christmas.  I just have a few things to do tomorrow in preparation for hosting some of the family on the 25th.  

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Candlelight Christmas Ornament

Candlelight Christmas Ornament by Andrea G71

November Stamp Club Card

This card was inspired by one I was in the Holiday Mini Catalogue.


Stamp four ornaments and die cut with Ornament framelits.  Complete using the Honeycomb Technique.  as a guideline to make the above card.
Paper pierce Apothecary Accent Die and sponge daub using Old Olive ink.
Adhere ornament to Apothecary Accent Die.
Add a short piece of gold ribbon to the back of the ornament and the Apothecary Accent Die. 
Tie a piece of gold ribbon in a bow and attach above the ornament with a rolled glue dot.

Add strips of Candlelight Designer Series paper and Champagne Glimmer Paper to Very Vanilla card stock.  
Tie on Old Olive Ribbon. (At our stamp club, we used Real Red Ribbon instead.) 
Adhere to Real Red card stock then the Very Vanilla card base.  

Complete card by attaching Apothecary Accent piece and Glimmer star.


Very Vanilla: scraps for ornament and Apothecary Accent, 4 x 5-1/4, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2
Real Red:  4-1/8 x 5- 3/8
DSP strips: various strip widths

Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes
Paper:  Candlelight Christmas DSP, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Real Red, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories:  Paper Piercing Pack Essentials, Paper Piercer, Gold Ribbon (retired), Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, Ornament Die, Star Punch (retired), Old Olive Ribbon, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Glue Dots

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Snow Flurry in Blue

Snow Flurry in Blue by Andrea G71

November Stamp Club Card

 At our November stamp club workshop0, we tried a new technique called Colour Blocking.  The card is simple but has the "wow" factor, I hope.  Since we made this card, I found some great samples online.  Take a look at these cards if you would like to be inspiredCard by Beate and Card by Maile Belles.


Use the Colour Blocking Technique to create Snowflake:

Fill entire piece of 4 x 4 Whisper White card stock with adhesive. 
Place ½” strips of blue card stock next to each other over the adhesive covered  
Place on top of Snow Flurry Bigz die and run through Big Shot.

Stamp sentiment on Whisper White card stock.
Round corners of card stock.
Add a large pearl to the center of the snowflake and a dimensional to the back.
Complete card.


Whisper White: 3.5 x 11 (card base), 4 x 4,  3 x 5
Strips of Bashful Blue, Marina Mist and Midnight Muse: 4 x ½
Marina Mist:  3 -1/8 x 5 -1/8


Stamps:  Greetings of the Season
Paper:  Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Midnight Muse
Ink:  Midnight Muse
Accessories:  Snow Flurry Bigz  Die, Large Pearl, Dimensional, Adhesive (lots), Corner Rounder

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Greetings of the Season

Greetings of the Season by Andrea G71

October Stamp Club Card

This card has a lot of steps to complete but most are fairly straight forward just by looking at the card.  To make the Fan Fold Flower you can view a TUTORIAL HERE.  For this "flower",  I cut a strip of DSP at 1" x 11" and then scored every 1/4".  The measurements are different on the tutorial.  We stuck the flower on a punched out circle with sticky tape on it.  You can also place it on a jumbo sticky round.  Have I told you that I love those things?!?!  :)


Stamps:  Greetings of the Season, Ornament Keepsakes, Ex Libris
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Candlelight Christmas DSP,
Ink:  Real Red, Wild Wasabi
Accessories:  Gumball Green Ribbon, Victoria Crochet Trim, Real Red Button, Baker’s Twine, ¾” Circle Punch, 1” Circle Punch, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Scoring Tool, Sticky Tape, Glue Dots, Pearls, Label Framelits, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Tool, Sponge, Edge Distresser

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wish Big

Wish Big by Andrea G71

 October Stamp Club Card

On this card, we used the new Core'dinations card stock in Early Espresso.  The card stock was run through the Big Shot with the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder and then sanded slightly with the Sanding Block.

If you want to make this a "male" card, all you would need to do is wrap the ribbon around the main image rather than tying it into a knot.  If you want to be really picky.  Sometimes men need a little bit of a bow, don't you think?  :)


Stamps: Word Play
Paper:  Early Espresso Core’dinations, Comfort Café DSP, Naturals Ivory, Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Midnight Muse, Pool Party
Accessories:  Midnight Muse Ribbon, Sand Block, Dimensionals, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, BigShot

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Coiled Ribbon Flower

Rolled Ribbon Flower by Andrea G71

Coiled Ribbon Flower

This card uses the same technique in THIS post but using ribbon instead.  It has a much cleaner look to it.  Not as "shabby chic".  

Here is a TUTORIAL on how to make the coiled flower.


Stamps:  Petite Pairs
Paper:  Comfort Café DSP, Naturals Ivory, Pool Party, Soft Suede
Ink:  Soft Suede
Accessories:  Jumbo Sticky Rounds, Midnight Muse Ribbon, Dotted Scallop Border Punch, Leaf Die

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Coiled Fabric Flower

Rolled Fabric Flower by Andrea G71

October Stamp Club Card

Here is the first card we made at our October Stamp Club workshop.  You can find the jumbo mini rounds we used to adhere the fabric flower in the Holiday Catalogue.  Love these things so much I will order a couple of packages the next time.  :)

We tried out a new technique on this card:  Coiled Fabric Flower

Tip:  Tuck the end of the fabric onto the underside of the sticky round.  You will have to peel away the orange plastic a bit so that you can place it on the sticky part. 


Stamps:  Petite Pairs
Paper:  Naturals Ivory, More Mustard, Spice Cake DSP, Early Espresso, Pool Party
Ink:  Early Espresso
Accessories:  Jumbo Sticky Rounds, Spice Cake fabric (retired), Leaf die, Dotted Scallop Border Punch

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Postage Due in Pool Party

Postage Due in Pool Party by Andrea G71

There are companies out there that are coming out with dies to make banners.  Stampin' Up!  has the Itty Bitty Banner dies, but I wanted something a lot larger.  Often I have used the corner of a square punch to punch out the triangle of the banner.  But if the card stock strip is too wide, then the square punch isn't large enough.  So there is another way and I'm going to call it the Banner Technique.  

Decide how steep you would like to make your banner flags or points.  I went about an inch from the bottom of the card stock strip.  Use a ruler to find the center of the width of the strip and make a light mark with a pencil.  Take your scissors and from one bottom corner of the strip, cut straight to the pencil line.  Repeat on other corner.  Voila!  There is your banner.  You can decide how deep or shallow you would like to make the flags/points.


Stamps:  Postage Due, Petite Pairs
Paper:  Comfort Cafe DSP, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White, Pool Party
Accessories:  Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Dimensionals, Postage Stamp Punch, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Ruler, Scissors 

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Friday, September 21, 2012

A Fitting Moustache

A Fitting Moustache by Andrea G71

Stamp Club Card No. 3

I think this set works great on square cards.  I saw THIS card on Splitcoaststampers and thought I would change it to a square card. 


Stamps:  A Fitting Occasion
Paper:  International Bazaar DSP, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Pacific Point
Accessories:  chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon, Dimesionals, 1" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Chevron Embossing Folder, Big Shot

4 1/4" x 4 1/4" card

We  also made an envelope to fit the card.  We followed this TUTORIAL on the Tailored Envelope from Splitcoaststampers.  

It was a tight fit to slide the card into the envelope.  Next time I would make my card measurements slightly less than a 4-1/4" square.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Comforting Fitting Occasion

A Comforting Fitting Occasion by Andrea G71

Stamp Club Card No. 2

This isn't a set that I would normally purchase.  There are 23 stamps in this set and they are small.  I often have trouble figuring out what to do with small stamps.  But I purchased it anyway so that I could challenge myself to figure out how to use this type of set in a number of ways.   

One thing I would change on the card is to pop up the two postage stamp punch images with dimensionals.  I think the three images would be better positioned on the card if they were all popped up.   

Did you know that one of the colours in the Comfort Cafe DSP is Midnight Muse?  I do not have that card stock yet, so I used Not Quite Navy instead.  I found that it worked quite well with this pattern.

TIP: I used the new Chevron Folder on this card.  The "chevron stripes" actually go vertically on the folder.  I wanted them to be horizontal on my card so I placed the Vanilla card stock partially in the the folder to have them emboss the way I wanted. 


Stamps:  A Fitting Occasion
Paper:  Comfort Cafe, Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede
Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede
Accessories:  1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Curly Label Punch, Postage Stamp Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals. Chevron Embossing Folder, Big Shot

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Postage Due

Postage Due by Andrea G71

September Stamp Club Card

Last Friday, we had our first stamp club workshop.  After having the summer off, it was great to get together to stamp, visit and eat some great food.  The group was small so we had time to make three cards plus an envelope.  Stay posted as there are more cards to come. 

This card is fairly straight forward to make by looking at the supply list.  THIS is the card that inspired mine.  Here is one I made that looks similar:
I embossed it in white.  Hope you can see it as it was very hard to capture with the camera.

The Postage Due set was stamped in Whisper White and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.  Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point ink was sponged over the embossed image in a circular motion.  Use a tissue to remove the ink from the embossed image.  It helps make the white stand out a little more.

A couple of changes to supplies at our stamp club workshop:  We used Pacific Point 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon and Floral District DSP rather the ribbon and dsp listed below.


Stamps:  Postage Due
Paper:  Whisper White, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, International Bazaar DSP
Ink:  Whisper White, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Gun, Sponge, Postage Stamp Punch, Daffodil Delight 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Edgelit Die, Big Shot, Dimensionals

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Framed in Lime

Framed in Lime by Andrea G71

I was inspired to use up some of my patterned paper once again.  Is this going to be an on going theme???  And once again I was inspired by Debby at lime doodle with THIS card.


Stamps:  Four Frames, Create a Cupcake (sentiment)
Paper:  Whisper White, Old Olive, Twitterpated DSP
Ink:  Basic Black, Old Olive
Accessories:  LuckyLimeade Baker's Twine, Dimensionals, Word Window Punch, Label Punch

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Calypso and Pool Party Framed

Calypso and Pool Party Framed by Andrea G71

Another attempt to use up some of my Designer Series Paper.  Same design different DSP.


Stamps:  Four Frames, Create a Cupcake (sentiment)
Paper:  Sale-a-bration DSP 2012, Very Vanilla, Pool Party
Ink:  Pool Party, Basic Black
Accessories:  Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, Dimensionals, Label Punch, Word Window Punch

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Thoughts in Wisteria Wonder

Thoughts in Wisteria Wonder by Andrea G71

I seem to recall I saw a sketch like this.  But I can't seem to locate it.  I hope I didn't totally steal someone's card!


Stamps:  Loving Thoughts (sentiment), Field Flowers
Paper:  Basic Grey, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, SU DSP (retired - fall 2010?)
Ink:  Basic Black, Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi 
Accessories:  Sizzix Tag Bigz Die, Square Lattice Embosing Folder, Dotted Scallop Border Punch, Wisteria Ribbon, Button, White Embroidery Thread, Dimensionals, Glue Dots 

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Butterfly

Happy Birthday Butterfly by Andrea G71

A while back, I came across some patterned paper sitting at the bottom of my paper storage container.  I was thinking that I would make a whole bunch of simple cards so that I could use some of "the hoard" and make some space in my paper files.  Oh well, I only made one in the end.  


Stamps:  Create a Cupcake (sentiment)
Paper:  Black Orchid DSP (SEI), Whisper White
Ink:  Basic Black
Accessories:  Edgelit Die, Bigz Butterfly Die, Beautiful Butterflies Sizzlet, Black Rhinestone, Dimensional 

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vintage Wallpaper

Vintage Wallpaper by Andrea G71

When I saw THIS card by Debby on her blog lime doodle, I just had to try to replicate it.  (I love this blog, by the way.)  She used a die for cutting out felt for the ribbon, but I didn't have that so I improvised with 5/8" grosgrain ribbon instead.  I also love how the embossed card stock is the focal image of the card.  Need to do that more.

To make the bow:  

Cut a strip of ribbon about 4" in length and cut a "v" in each end.  

I cut another strip of ribbon about  5" in length and made a loop.  I used a glue dot to make sure the loop stayed attached.

Place loop on top of the flat strip and tie a piece of linen thread around the two pieces of ribbon.  

Add the button and tie the thread into a bow.  Use a glue dot to make sure the button is secure and does not wobble.


Stamps:  Apothecary Art (sentiment)
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Early Espresso
Accessories:  Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, 5/8" White Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread, Glue Dots, Large Early Espresso Button (retired) 

Sorry the picture has such a blue-ish tinge to it.  Not sure what happened.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Blue Hydrangea

Blue Hydrangea Number Two by Andrea G71

This is another sample I made for my mother-in-law for her anniversary invitations.
Did you know that in Manitoba that most hydrangeas are white?  I think it is only recently that you are able to grow some that have colours.  We supposedly have one in our front yard that is pink.  Right?!?!  You can only see the pink if you look really, really closely.  :)


Stamps:  Because I Care, Introducing
Paper:  Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Always Artichoke
Accessories:  Dimensionals, Navy Organdy Ribbon (retired), Edge Distresser

I saw a sample of THIS card and had to make one similar: 

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Ex Libris

Ex Libris by Andrea G71

June Stamp Club Card


Butterfly Image:

To make the focal butterfly, I used the Honeycomb Shapes Technique found on Splitcoaststampers.  You can find the instructions HERE. 

I embossed the Vanilla card stock, punched out 12 butterflies using the NEW Elegant Butterfly punch and sponged the top edges of each butterfly with Marina Mist ink and the bottom edges with Wild Wasabi ink.

NOTE:  If you want a fuller Honeycomb effect, you will need to punch up to 25 butterflies.

Adhere completed “honeycombed” butterfly to the Marina Mist Bigz butterfly.

Sentiment Banner:

I used the Out of the Box with Nestibilities Technique to create a longer banner.  (I saw this technique a long time ago and used the same concept to create the banner. HERE is the technique to give you an idea on how to do this with a framelit.)

Make sure the width of the Vanilla strip is slightly smaller than the framelit.  Around 7/8” should work but you might have to make some adjustments.

Stick one end of the card stock strip underneath the banner.  This is the end that will be cut.  The other end of the card stock strip will need to be pulled through so that it is lying on top of the banner. 

When you run the framelit and card stock through the Big Shot, make sure that you only turn until the one end of the banner is cut.  If you run it over the entire framelit, it will make an indent on the card stock where the opposite end of the framelit is.  That dent will probably turn out to be in the middle of the banner. 

Take out card stock, and turn around and complete other side of banner.

Stamp sentiment with Early Espresso ink and sponge.

Other instructions to complete card:

Stamp Ex Libris stamp on a large piece of Vanilla card stock.  Cut out rectangle image. Distress edges and sponge with Early Espresso ink.

Stamp Ex Libris again, cut out label image and sponge with Early Espresso ink.

Cut Early Espresso Banner in half and adhere to large rectangle Ex Libris.  Pop up label image of Ex Libris with dimensionals and place over the Espresso banners.  Adhere butterfly to the label.

Place edgelit 1/8” away from edge of Marina Mist card stock strip.  Run through the Big Shot.  Use a paper piercer to punch out any eyelet pieces that didn’t fall out.

Add border, ribbon, sentiment banner and pearls to card.


Stamps:  Ex Libris Background Stamp, Loving Thoughts
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Marina Mist
Ink:  Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso, Marina Mist
Accessories:  Beautiful  Butterflies Bigz Die, Banner Framelit, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Finishing Touches Edgelit, Sponge Dauber, Sponges, Basic Pearls, Edge Distresser, Marina Mist ¼” Ribbon, Dimensionals, Glue Dots. Starburst Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Paper Piercer


Very Vanilla:  A2 Card Base, Scrap for Ex Libris stamp and label of same stamp, 7/8 x 4 strip for sentiment, embossed scraps for elegant butterflies
Early Espresso:  scrap for banner
Marina Mist:  4-1/8 strip for edgelit border, scrap for Bigz butterfly

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