Monday, May 27, 2019

Stampers Showcase Blog Hop: Fancy Folds

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you a super easy fun fold gift card holder for the Stampers Showcase Blog Hop.  Our theme for this month's hop is Fun Folds so this was perfect.  This is not your traditional graduation card, this is one that shows off both sides of the designer series paper that you pick.  I picked the Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper & Beautiful Promenade Stamp Set and matching dies for my project today.  Okay, I know you want to see this super easy gift card holder. 
I used a piece of designer series paper cut at 5 1/4 x 11 for my card today.  It's also backed on a piece of petal pink cardstock that's cut at 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 which acts as a stabilizer and finishes off the card to a regular A2 size card.   I scored the designer series paper at 4 and 8 on my trimmer.  On the inside with the smaller side I folded down one corner and added liquid glue behind that corner and attached it.  I then added tear & tape to the left side and attached it to the inside piece.
So that I had a place to write a message I added a piece of whisper white to the top piece cut at 3 3/4 x 5.  I took a piece of matching designer series paper and the envelope liner die from the Beautiful Layers Die Set.  You can get both the Beautiful Layers Dies and the Beautiful Promenade Stamp Set right now in a bundle and save 10%.  This bundle will be gone after June 3, 2019 when the new 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog goes live.
 For the outside of the card I Petal Pink classic ink and stamped a couple of the flower images on the front of the designer series paper.  Once I had these few images stamped on what would be the front of the card I needed a little more color.  So I stamped one of the other large flower images in Highland Heather and colored it in using both Petal Pink and Highland Heather Light Stampin' Blends.  The light Highland Heather acts as the shadow for the light petal pink when layered on top of each other.  I then stamped some leaves in Mossy Meadow and used the matching dies to cut both the flower and leaves out.  I stamped the Happy Graduation sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Highland Heather on a piece of scrap cardstock and cut it out using the classic label punch.
And that finished my card; thanks for dropping by today.  You can click on the next button to go to the next blog.  I am glad that you took a few minutes and dropped by.  If you want any of the supplies that you have seen today you can pick them up in my online store.  You will find a full list of supplies below in the shopping list.  

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Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Broadway Birthday Turnabout Card

Hello and welcome to my blog; today's post has been a challenge to get up.  I have been trying to upload the images to my computer since 6:15 am this morning.  My laptop has been a little ornery, but I have finally gotten everything uploaded and edited.  Today, I am going to share with you another card featuring the Broadway Birthday Stamp Set.  This card is a little different, I used the small images in the stamp set to create my very own turnabout style card.  I will be shooting a video later today and will add it to this post so that you can see just how I did that.  Here's a look at my card. 

For my card I picked some bright fun colors.  I mean come on it's a birthday card it should be bright and fun right?  I laid out my stamps on my stamparatus and created the layout so that I could use the turnabout style stamping to get all the fun colors and change things up.  The hardest part about this process is the actual making sure everything is lined up just right.  But once you do the cards are so much fun.   After editing the photos I realized I forgot one of the small stamps and could have used it to fill in some of the areas on my card.  Silly me; this is what happens when you aren't paying attention to your stamp sets.  
The small stamps in your sets really shouldn't be over looked you can use them to create some many different techniques and fun card designs.  I often use these small stamps to create a background piece for my card.  
As I mentioned before turnabout stamping is a great way to use these small images in a new way with a wonderful dramatic look.  It just takes a little playing to arrange all the images.  But, once you do you can create a colorful background just like I did here with just a few turns of the turnabout set up.  
The Broadway Birthday Stamp Set has great fun images that are great for this technique.  You have the balloon, party hat, candle, and ice cream cone.  All of which are easy to stamp by them self but when done in this style it creates a whole new world of creative expression.  
Once I had everything stamped I simply trimmed down my image and placed it on a piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock that was cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and I glued the entire thing onto my A2 card base.  I then die cut the marquee from whisper white cardstock (this I used to stamp the sentiment) and one from Basic Black Cardstock (for the outside).  For the whisper white one I stamped the Wish image in Daffodil Delight and then used the dotted wish image (which represent the lights from the marquee) in Mango Melody.  Then I finished off the sentiment with the two stamps that read Make A, and it's your birthday in Gorgeous Grape ink.  I popped the whisper white layer up on dimensionals and adhered the basic black outside frame to the card front with a little liquid glue.  

I hope that you liked my card today and that you give this technique a try.  Again I will be doing the video and uploading it today, so be on the watch out for that as well.  If you are loving the Broadway Birthday Stamp Set and want to get your hands on it, please do so now.  This set and the matching dies are carrying over to the new 2019 -2020 Annual Catalog but will not be part of a cost saving bundle (like it is in the current 2018-2019 Annual Catalog).  So I would suggest ordering it now to save that extra 10% off both products.  Thanks for dropping by.  
Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Good Morning Magnolia Thank You Card

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you a card I made using the new Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set.  This set comes out on June 4th in the 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  And, actually is in one of the new suites of products in the catalog.  This suite is called Magnolia Lane Suite and I am sure you are going to love everything about it.  This suite features all kinds of yummy new products from a embossing folder,  the wonderful new stamp set I used today, designer series paper, memory & more card pack, some fun embellishments, just to name a few.  Let's have a closer look at my card shall we!

Yes, that large flower which is the focal image of my card is a large Magnolia stamp.  And, as you can tell it fits almost the entire front of my A2 (4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2) card.  The stamps in this set are line images that are great for your favorite color media.  I picked Stampin' Blends today, to color my large Magnolia, but you could use anything that you would like or feel comfortable with.  I can not wait to try our watercolor pencils and traditional watercolors to color this image in.  I think it will be a show stopper.

As far as the blends that I used I went with Mossy Meadow light & dark blends, Petal Pink Light & Dark Blends, and just a little of the Daffodil Delight Light Stampin' Blend for the center of the magnolia.  For the stem I used both the light and dark Soft Suede Stampin' Blends.  I would have used So Saffron but it's not out yet (that blend color is new in the 2019 Annual catalog and is on my list of things to order on June 4th) instead of the light Daffodil Delight, but I think it looks just fine.  Stampin' Blends are great and easy to work with since there are only two colors you have to mix to get a good blend.
Behind the large magnolia image I used some of the new Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper (also part of this suite and available June 4th) as a backdrop.  This pack of designer series paper is chalked full of amazing designs that can be used for anyone.  I matted the designer series paper on a piece of whisper white cardstock to tie in the white drawn leaves.  I then placed the entire card front on a Rococo Rose card base which measured 4 1/4 x 11 and I scored it at 5 1/2 to make a top folding card.  I stamped the Thanks sentiment from the set on some scrap cardstock and made it into a banner and added stampin' dimensionals behind it.  I also popped up the magnolia the same way.
To finish off the card the only embellishment I used was a double bow I made with the Mossy Meadow Linen thread.  This Linen Thread comes in a combo pack of ribbon that coordinates with this suite.  I guess you want to know the name of it so you can add it to your June 4th shopping list right?  The combo pack is called the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack, and comes with the Mossy Meadow Linen Thread (5 yards) and some Linen Ribbon with white edges (also 5 yards).  I added the double bow with a mini glue dot right on the stem.  And that was how easy that was.  You all know I like easy and quick.
If you peak inside the opening of the card as it's standing in this picture you can see the other side of the designer series paper.  I just used a whisper white insert and attached the left over strip of Designer Series Paper to it.  This added the touch of color and coordination to the inside of the card without any fuss.  Another thing you all now I like.  No fuss no muss.
I hope that you liked my card today, and that you will be adding this suite of products to your list of must have items for June 4th when the catalog goes live on my shopping page.  You will find a list of all the items I used on this card below in the shopping list so that you can write it all down on your wish list.  I will see you soon with more inspiration!  Happy Stampin'!
Stampin' Hugs 
Rick Adkins 

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