Taylored Expressions Rainboot Bouquet Thank You Card

 

Taylored Expressions Rainboot Bouquet Handmade Card

Hey guys! Happy Spring! It’s such a nice sunny day here in Florida…I’ve been so lucky to be able to share my home (and the sunshine) these last few weeks with some of my family from upstate New York. I’m glad they were able to enjoy the sand and sun before returning two days before a blizzard snowed them in at home.

Today’s card is a reminder that Spring is here! It was created with the Rainboot Bouquet stamp set and matching die from Taylored Expressions — a great stamp set for Spring and Summer!

I stamped the rainboot image in Memento Black Ink on Copic X-Press cardstock and cut it out with the matching die. Then I colored it in with Copic markers. I stamped the sentiment on a stitched oval which I cut out with My Favorite Things Die-Namics.

TIP: Use the Misti Precision Stamping tool for perfect placement of your stamped images. I recently purchased my Misti and I LOVE it! Besides perfect placement, you are able to re-stamp over an image when you don’t get a complete stamp the first time.

For the background of my card, I mounted some retired Stampin’ Up! designer paper onto a mat layer of black cardstock. I almost always use a 4″ x 5.25″ mat layer on my A2 cards — I like the 1/8″ border that size mat gives.

To finish off my card I added some iridescent sequins which I attach with Micro Glue Dots. The micro glue dots are the perfect size for attaching sequins and other tiny embellishments.

I’ve entered today’s card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge — A “Bit O’Green”  The pretty tulips bring a bit o’green to remind everyone digging out from all of the recent snowfall, that Spring is here and warmer weather is just around the corner. 🙂

And the 30 Day Coloring Challenge — Even though I’m not able to color everyday the challenge encourages me to color whenever I can.

SUPPLIES USED TO MAKE TODAY’S CARD:

Links to supplies used to create today’s project are provided for your convenience. Where available, compensated affiliate links have been used.  This means I receive a small commission when products are purchased through those links here on my blog. This costs you nothing extra and helps me afford to share my crafty creations with you. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.  Thank you — I really appreciate your support!



Happy Crafting!
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Many Thanks and My Favorite Things Color Challenge

Hey guys! I have another card for you made with the My Favorite Things All Occasion Sentiments stamps and Stitched Flowers Die-namics. Can you tell these have become two of my favorite crafty items. 🙂

My card today was inspired by the My Favorite Things Color Challenge. I didn’t have the specific colors used in the challenge so I substituted with some Stampin’ Up! cardstock that I had on hand and I think match pretty closely: Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder and Flirty Flamingo.

I stamped the “many thanks” sentiment in the lower right corner of  5″ x 3.75″ piece of 80lb white cardstock and then mounted the stamped layer onto a slightly larger mat layer (5.25″ x 4″) of green cardstock. Then I attached them to my card base made from 110lb white cardstock.

TIP:  I like to use the 110lb cardstock for the base of my cards and 80lb for layers…the heavier base gives my cards the support they need and the 80lb layers keeps them from becoming too heavy.

Once I had the “bones” of my card done, I added a wonky frame cut with the My Favorite Things Peek A Boo Wonky Window Die-namics and flowers cut with the My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers Die-namics.

TIP: To create the frame I placed the smaller wonky window die inside of the larger die and ran them both through the Big Shot at the same time. 

I finished off my card with some iridescent sequins which I attach with micro glue dots.

SUPPLIES USED TO MAKE TODAY’S CARD:

Links to supplies used to create today’s project are provided for your convenience. Where available, compensated affiliate links have been used.  This means I receive a small commission when products are purchased through those links here on my blog. This costs you nothing extra and helps me afford to share my crafty creations with you. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.  Thank you — I really appreciate your support!


Happy Crafting!
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Smile! My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge

Smile! Today I have a quick post with this card I created for My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #320.

For the horizontal bars, I cut strips of retired Stampin’ Up! designer paper in alternating colors. Using My Favorite Things All Occasion Sentiments, I stamped “smile” in SU Old Olive ink on a 1″ strip of SU Very Vanilla cardstock.

To finish off my card, I added some flowers cut with My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers Die-namics (one of my faves!) and embellished with some gold sequins.

SUPPLIES USED TO MAKE TODAY’S CARD:

Links to supplies used to create today’s project are provided for your convenience. Where available, compensated affiliate links have been used.  This means I receive a small commission when products are purchased through those links here on my blog. This costs you nothing extra and helps me afford to share my crafty creations with you. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.  Thank you — I really appreciate your support!



Happy Crafting!
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Happy Birthday with a Bold Sentiment

Today’s card features a bold “Happy Birthday” sentiment accompanied by a sweet bouquet of purple flowers. I am playing along with this week’s Paper Player’s Challenge to create a CAS (clean and simple) card with a sentiment as the focal point and this card hits the mark!

To create the bold sentiment, My Favorite Things All Occasions Sentiment stamp set was an easy choice. It has 9 different sentiments to fit almost any occasion. I stamped the bold “Happy Birthday” with Stampin’ Up! Old Olive ink on a 1″ wide strip of Neenah 80lb Solar White cardstock.

TIP:  I like to use the 100lb cardstock for the base of my cards but the 80lb for layers…the heavier base gives my cards the support they need and the 80lb layers keeps them from becoming too heavy.

For the background of my card I mounted a piece of retired Stampin’ Up designer paper on a layer of SU Old Olive cardstock. The scallop circle was cut using the My Favorite Things Stitched Scallop Circles Die-namics and the flowers were cut with the Stitched Flowers Die-namics. 

Both the stitched flower and stitched scallop circles are such pretty elements to add to a card…two of my faves!  For the final touch, I added a little bit of iridescent white sequins.

TIP: I use Glue Dots brand Micro Glue Dots for attaching sequins to cards. They are smaller than the regular glue dots and the perfect size for sequins and other small embellishments.

Besides the Paper Players Challenge, I am also playing along with the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge and the  “Less is More” CAS Challenge where the theme for this week is Alphabet. Why not head on over to the challenge blogs and play along too!

SUPPLIES USED TO MAKE TODAY’S CARD:

Links to supplies used to create today’s project are provided for your convenience. Where available, compensated affiliate links have been used.  This means I receive a small commission when products are purchased through those links here on my blog. This costs you nothing extra and helps me afford to share my crafty creations with you. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.  Thank you — I really appreciate your support!



Happy Crafting!
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Heart of Gold – DIY Pencil Valentines

Today, we’re talking valentines! As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, it’s time to start thinking about those classroom valentines. These pencil valentines are a super cute, non-candy, valentine treat that your kids and their classmates are sure to love!

I picked up these pencils in the Target Dollar Spot. Although they had valentine themed pencils, I opted for these bright, fun patterns — perfect for boys or girls.

I inserted one pencil into a 1″ x 8″ cello bag which can be purchased at Clear Bags. Then I added the fun gold heart topper.

To make the toppers:

  • Start with a 12″ x 12″ sheet of black cardstock.
  • Cut it into 4″ strips and scored the strips down the center (at 2″).
  • Cut the strips into 2″ x 4″ sections with the score down the middle.
  • Fold the scored cardstock pieces over the top of the cello bag and attach with a staple.

TIP: Use a small craft hammer to flatten the staple so there are no sharp edges to poke through the embellishments or to cut little fingers.

TIP: To make this project is essential that you have a paper cutter and scoring board. If you only do light crafting this combo paper cutter/scorer is inexpensive and will do the job perfectly! (We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score)

 

Now it’s time to decorate. I cut 1 3/4″ squares of Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock in colors that coordinated with my pencils and attached them to the toppers (covering the staple). Then I punched out gold hearts and attached them to the toppers with dimensional dots.

To finish off the toppers you can add a cute sentiment to the back. Simply use your word processing program and set up a table 6 x 4 with 1.75″ cells. Type your sentiment in the cells, print and cut.

For these valentines, I think the sentiment “You have a HEART of gold!” is perfect! If you’d like, you can download the PDF file with this sentiment. It has 24 sentiment squares with a place for your child to write their name. Just cut  it into 1.75″ squares and attach to the back of your toppers.

Download:  Pencil Valentine Sentiment cut squares 1.75

SUPPLIES USED TO MAKE TODAY’S CARD:

Links to supplies used to create today’s project are provided for your convenience. Where available, compensated affiliate links have been used.  This means I receive a small commission when products are purchased through those links here on my blog. This costs you nothing extra and helps me afford to share my crafty creations with you. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.  Thank you — I really appreciate your support!


Happy Crafting!

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