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Sunday, December 3, 2017

don't faint!

after a (ahem!) "prolonged absence" from blogging I finally got motivated to pull out a project tutorial from my online stamp club and share it.  Hopefully you will enjoy this springy and colorful birthday card....the butterfly technique was one shared by a fellow SU demo friend of mine, Lyssa
Zwolanek of www.songofmyheartstampers.com and I loved the simple "pop up" ;mechanism she created using glue dots and diecuts so I had to give it a whirl.  Hopefully my IL stamp club friends also enjoyed it as this was a project they did for club yesterday.

The first part is the front of the card...might as well start here!  Use white glossy cardstock and stamp the tulips in the corner....position the Happy bday diecut on the left side for placement but don't stick attach it yet  Once you have the flowers stamped (give them a minute or too to dry completely since the glossy cardstock takes a little bit longer) you can adhere the diecut words then run the white panel through the quilt embossing folder,  Once the white panel is finished adhere it to the black panel and then to the Lemon Lime Twist panel and the front of the card is done.

Now for the pop up portion.....stamp and diecut 3 of the large butterflies from Watercolor Wings. I used lemon lime twist, turquoise and soft sky for two of the butterflies and added a darker accent to the third (center butterfly) for some contrast.

Diecut the three stamped butterflies then fold each butterfly in half and use glue dots to attach them wingtip to wingtip so they will stretch out accordion style when the card opens and scrunch back together when the card closes.

See photos below for the visual. the plain white butterflies show how to attach the three with glue dots, the other shows the finished butterflies in place.  As you can see from the picture looking down on the opened card the right and left butterfly are attached about halfway between the middle of the card and the scored middle crease of the card which allows them to "float" open and closed easily.  

finished card from inside...this version was a little too monochromatic, I added some contrast to the final project (see final photos below) and liked that a lot better.

 white butterflies show how to attach the glue dots and allow the pop up to work easily.

here's how it looks once the butterflies are stamped and attached.

hope you have enjoyed this quick card share....if you are interested in a printed "recipe"

here is a link to my card recipe on the TheseAreMyStamps website 

I am a little rusty on the blogging but decided that if I'm going to share ideas I should put the on my blog and maybe it will help you out a little bit if you need a cute but not difficult birthday card,  

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Index Card "art" from Love You Lots Hostess Set

                                                "Index Card" art from Love You Lots HS

I know, I know...this is probably one of the funkiest looking hand stamped cards you have ever seen, am I right? BUT this is what is called an "index card" and it's one of the cool things that various members of the www.splitcoaststampers.com demonstrator community do for each other and for all of you stampers out there who enjoy getting ideas from the SCS gallery.

When the new catty comes out, we are all flooded with new stamp sets and can't wait to enjoy them all....BUT there is no way you can get them all (well, not realistically) so it's nice to see all of the images in the stamp set all at once.  Due to copyright restrictions, it's not permitted to copy the actual stamp images to post on the splitcoast website.  So many different stampers volunteer to use stamp sets they have to put together an "index card" by stamping all images from one set onto a "card" (more or less a card, anyway) so you can go back and see what images are in a particular set just by clicking on the splitcoast gallery photo.  This is handy if you don't want to dredge thru every catalogue you own trying to figure out what stamp set a particular image goes with OR what image might be missing from a particular stamp set so you know what to search for, right?

So...this is my first ever attempt to make an index card...I am ashamed to say that in the 13 years I have been an SU demo this is the first one I've ever done but it was kind of fun and I am happy to be able to help out a bit!  I volunteered to do this one and several others but since this is a "first time moment" for me, I thought I would share it with you guys here on my blog as well as with the folks on splitcoast.  Do leave me a little "shout out" comment if you ever see it on splitcoast, ok?  You can go to the general gallery and search by stamp set name OR by name of the "artist".  I am known an "inkerzaway" on splitcoast if you would like to search for my paltry gallery of shared cards. 

Obviously, this set is called Love You Lots and it's a hostess only set so can only be ordered with hostess dollars earned by having a Stampin' Up! party (be it a traditional in home party, a wild and crazy personal order OR asking me to set up a "hostess code" for you to send to your friends so you can have an online book party AND earn free stamps with your order!  So if that's something you'd like to do, please let me know and I will be happy to set that up for you.  ''

I hope you have enjoyed this little "inside peek" to how the splitcoast community works together to make life easier for stampers and I am eager to begin stamping all manner of cute little cards with these adorable critters!  If you aren't already a member of the SCS community, I invite you to waste no time in checking it out at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com and see the amazing photo gallery as well as multiple fun "chat areas" to discuss anything from soup to nuts with a whole lotta stamping in between. And oh by the way, it's FREE!

HS  Lots of Love  #141798 Wood Mount or #141801 Clear Mount Rubber
Memento Black ink pad #132708
Whisper White cardstock #100730
Real Red cardstock #102482

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Flirty Flamingo Card

This was a little "sneak peek" treat for my long distance stamp club members for our Club Project in May.....I was able to preorder this set because I'm a Stampin' Up! demonstrator so I made a couple of cards and fell in love with it right away so I knew that was the set to use for the sneak peek for my awesome club ladies!

Not only does it use a NEW stamp set (Flirty Flamingo) but it also used the NEW 2016-17 In Colors and some of the beautiful new ruched ribbon in Flirty Flamingo color....very cute card and easy, too!  My favorite combination!

This was a pretty easy card so you probably don't need much info to figure it out but I used the Confetti embossing folder ...stamped the thank you banner in Emerald Envy (one of the new colors) BEFORE embossing the white cardstock (otherwise you don't get a good image for the banner) so I just eyeballed it to make sure it would be near the bottom of the card and stamped it.  Then I ran it thru the Confetti embossing folder and finally stamped the pink birdie on the smooth inisde portion of the oval left by the confetti folder.  Stamped it in Flirty Flamingo, and adhered the white cardstock to a slightly larger black cardstock (nothing makes pink "pop" like layering it on black!) then attached the whole thing to folded Flirty Flamingo (pink) cardstock.   Of course I had to tie some of the beautiful new ruched ribbon in Flirty Flamingo  around the spine of the card and then voila, the card was complete!
Here's the inside of the card....I stamped the leaf in the top left corner with Emerald Envy then used the In Color markers (Emerald Envy and Peek-a-Boo Peach) to color the pineapple.  Since this was stamped as a thank you card, I left plenty of space on the inside to write a little greeting.

Hope you have enjoyed this little card sample....it's no longer a "sneak peek" since the catalogue has gone live so maybe you have this set already?  If so I know you'll enjoy the stamp set...it's so cute!

Here is the supply list of the items I used for this card, I realized after saving the file that I neglected to include the Confettie Embossing Folder which  is still available from Stampin' Up! and the item number for that folder is 140592 if you are interested in ordering it. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Would not a rose, by any other name, smell as sweet?

Well, here's that rose!

Ok, so I don't quote Shakespeare very often but in this case, I just couldn't resist....I hope that Romeo and Juliet will forgive me.  I've had the Rose Wonder stamp "bundle" (stamp and framelits set "bundled" together for cost savings) since the Occasions Mini came out back in January and have enjoyed making many different projects with it.  This one is very simple but one of my favorites so far.

To make the above card, I let the silver foil metallic cardstock take the staring role....I just cut the large rose/leaf outline framelit  out of silver metallic foil and adhered it directly to a piece of Night of Navy cardstock....don't you love that pop of silver on dark blue?  Since the foil paper is metallic on one side and white on the other, it can be used as a folded card BUT why would you do that when you can save on the specialty papers by cutting the layer to flower out of it and then using the intact edges of the piece as a layer underneath?  I cut the foil piece to 4." x 5.25" and arranged the framelit die keeping the edges intact to use for a layer, then added a folded white card behind it.

So the "sandwich" goes like this....Night of Navy 3.75"x5", Silver layer 4.0"x5.25" and a piece of white cardstock measuring 5.5x8.5", scored at 4.25" for the folded card so it gives you a nice white layer to stamp another birthday verse or write a personal note (or both?)  on the inside.

This is a card that is very easy to do in batches....cut all the cardstock layers at the same time, crank out the framelit pieces stamping first for the bday sentiment) and stick them all together.  Hopefully you won't need it, but there is a lovely sympathy greeting that fits the framelit along with a nice inside verse in the same set if you find yourself in need of one. Here is a small photo of a very similar sympathy card  if you'd like to see another idea, I  stamped the little frame portion on this card.

Whisper White cardstock was used to cut out the flower/leaf image for this sample and a tiny little butterfly punched from yellow cardstock with  bit 'o bling in the form of a clear rhinestone added to the cut out sympathy sentiment,  I thought the white cardstock flower seemed more subdued for a sympathy card.  Those items are also listed in the "supply showcase" at the bottom of this post. I neglected to add this to the showcase but I also ran the black cardstock layer thru the Zigzag embossing folder (item # 1337380).  This item will not carry over so last day to get the Zigzag folder is May 31st (or while supplies last).

For the sentiment on the card shown in the first photo, I chose Happy Birthday from the same bundled set and  stamped it on white cardstock with Night of Navy ink then cut it out with a framelit from the Rose Wonder same framelit set.  I think it shows up very nicely layered on the dark blue background, am I right? 

While this set IS carrying over too the new 2016-17 Annual catalogue, the "bundle pricing" is if you want to save 15% on the cost of the stamp and framelit set, be sure to pick it up before the catalogue changes over.  Last day to order at the bundle price is May 31st.  If you don't already have a preferred demonstrator, I would be delighted if you choose me as your Stampin' Up! demonstrator.   You can order from my online webstore http://www.janhoyt.stampinup.net OR simply click on the picture below to order anything you need to create this card.  If you place an order for less than $150, please use hostess code 9NHCMDQQ when placing your order and I would really appreciate it.

Hope that you have enjoyed seeing some beautiful but simple ideas to use with the Rose Wonder 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

It's here!!!  The 2016 Stampin' Up! Retired stamp set list...in page order format!

Yes, that happy/sad time of the year is here....time to see what sets will be retiring but there is still time to grab any favs before they are gone!

Here is a PDF file given in page order format so you can download the list to print and go thru to make sure you have what you need.....if you find anything you need before the set retires, please go to my online website to place your order online.  Of course, you can always call me to put the order in for you but if you want it fast and easy I recommend the website!  If your order is $150 or more, you get to be the hostess and collect the hostess rewards, but if it's less than $150, please use hostess code KDKVPBZS.  Either way, I will send you a thank you note for your order and make sure that you receive a copy of the new Stampin' Up! Catalogue and Idea book if you aren't already on my regulard customer list. 

Join me for a cuppa???

                                                       Join me for "a cuppa and cake"?

Ok, that's just a cute term I often heard used "down under" when we had a chance to visit Australia more than 10 years ago.....so it didn't have to be "cake with icing" as we know it in the U.S, it could be any kind of pastry treat and I loved the expression!                                                                         

I used this soon to retire stamp set from the Occasions Mini to make a project for my online stamp club ladies a few months back....love the little doily and the diecut hearts, this is so cute!!!  It didn't need much to make it stand out, am I right?  I wish I could remember what talented and creative     individual I "CASED" this card from....if you recognize it as your work, please let me know so I can give you the credit you deserve.                                                                                                             

I made this one of my stamp club projects a few months ago and I hope my stampers enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it, so cute!!!  This set originally had a coordinating set of framelits but sadly those have sold out and will not be returning, however the stamp set is still available thru May 31st.  so if it's something you love don't hesitate to get it now.                                                           

Here is the inside page of the card....simple and room to write a little personal note (if deserved) but ok to just sign your name and be done with it  Of course, if you are like me, I tend to make cards and then can't bear to part with them.....silly, isn't it?  They are only paper and they might brighten someone's day so I really need to work on that!

If you don't have a current Stampin' Up! consultant and are interested in ordering, I would be delighted to have you order from me and send you one of the NEW catalogues which go live on June 1st!

In the meantime, you can order anything you need to make this card (with the exception of the framelits which have sold out already) but clicking on any of the links below.  I hope you enjoyed the card!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Birthday Blooms Stamp Club Card Share

Birthday Blooms Club Card

Hey, let's see if I can remember how to do this blogging thing!  I know, I know...it's been months but I haven't given up my quest to learn how to use technology to share my love for stamping.

So, here is one of the cards I did for a recent club project for some of my very favorite stampers!  This was not a complicated card, but I did think it was very cute and while not terribly original, I did not "CASE" (Copy and slightly edit) this card which was fun for me and probably a surprise for my club friends!

I have included the supply list for this card at the bottom of the post along with the paper measurements, unfortunately right now I can't get the MyStampin'Blog link working to allow you to click on the item and go directly to my Stampin' Up! Online store, but  you can write down the item number then  and go to my Stampin' UP! website (http://www.janhoytstampinup.net)  to place an order if you are so inclined.

For this card, I simply stamped the Birthday Blooms large floral image onto the white cardstock layer with Archival Black ink and colored it in with Blackberry Bliss ink for the bloom and Old Olive for the leaves.  I used an AquaPainter so I could easily go back and add darker highlights and accents to the image.  The little "heart border" and the little "scribble dots" were both stamped in Blackberry Bliss.   I just thought the heart border gave it a little extra touch that I liked and the random dot images filled in the empty space.  The "for you" sentiment was stamped in Silver Encore metallic ink to coordinate with the Silver Metallic foil layer in between the white cardstock and the Blackberry Bliss Base.  It seems a little shiny in the picture because of the camera flash but it blends in nicely with the silver sentiment.  I didn't heat emboss the sentiment with silver embossing powder but that would have been a very pretty touch.

After finishing the stamping on the 3.75" x5" Whisper White layer, I adhered the stamped layer to the Silver metallic foil cardstock (4"x5.5" in size and then attached it to a folded cardstock base of Blackberry Bliss. (5.5"x 8.5"", scored at 4.25" ) I LOVE the Blackberry Bliss...we used it to make wedding invitations for my youngest son's wedding so I had stocked up on cardstock in that colors and we plenty of leftovers.   

Here is what the inside portion of the card looked like, it included another stamped sentiment from the same set (it says Happiest Birthday Wishes) and I stamped the single floral bloom at the bottom left corner and watercolored with the same colors as the floral image on the front. of the card.

Supply List: & measurements

Birthday Blooms #140655 wood (140658 clear mount)
Blackberry Bliss classic ink # 133642 BB classic RF #)133648
Blackberry Bliss cardstock #133675 (8.5”x 5.55”, score at 4.25)
Metallic Silver Foil Sheets # 132178 (4”x5.25”)
Whisper White 100730 front cover 3.75”x5”, inside layer whisper white 4”x5.5”
AquaPainters #103954 Tuxedo Black ink #132708
(I used silver Encore Silver metallic ink but WHAT?? no more silver ink….use Versamark and silver emboss powder if necessary)

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