Monday, January 30, 2017

Perfect Masculine Card with a Heart

Hello Stamping Friends,

Today I am sharing with you a great card for the guys in your life. We all love to make girly, floral, pretty cards, but we do still need cards for the guys in our lives. This card is perfect for that. You probably wouldn't have looked at the set it is from and said that you can make a guy card with it too easily. The set is Pop of Paradise: hearts, pineapples, flamingos. Easier to make a pretty, girly card with those images than a masculine card, right? Well, not so, this card uses a heart but with the right colors you can give it to the guy in your life that you want to let know you are thinking about him.

To get the background you sponge dapper denim mint macaron onto whisper white cardstock. Sponge a little for a lighter look and sponge a lot to get a darker look. The metallic sequins assortment is the perfect finishing touch for this starry night.

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Crumb Cake 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon
Crumb Cake 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon

Friday, January 27, 2017

Do You Have Your Valentine Treats Ready?

Hello Stamping Friends,

Happy Friday to you. This week at Sisters in Stamping we are sharing with you some Valentine's treats that you can make for your loved ones. I know we all love a good chocolate bar so I decided to focus on the chocolate and decorate around it. That's how a great project starts, around chocolate, right?

I started with a 3 1/4" x 11" piece of real red cardstock and then scored it at 6" and 6 1/4". I also scored it at 10" so there would be a little flap that could fold over and add a cute little touch. I used the white satin ribbon to add a nice little touch. The sending love designer series paper stack is great to make these. I used two 3"x 3" pieces of the heart paper to decorate the front of the pocket and the top half of the pocket. To hold it closed I used a small amount of tear and tape (about 1" just behind the flap portion). I also used the tear and tape under the flap to hold that in place.

The sweetheart punch is a quick and easy tool to finish off your treat with a polka dot heart (from the sending love paper) and the dazzling diamonds glimmer paper. I also used the heart border punch to add a little red glimmer heart to the center of the dazzling diamonds heart.

Here's a close up of the hearts.

And the side view for you.  These are perfect to make multiple of with having minimal scraps leftover too. Plus, they are super quick and easy. Oh, let's not forget adorable.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Just Be You

Hello Stamping Friends,

How many times in life have your heard, just be you? We raise our children to be the best that they can be. Don't try to be someone else. Our parents did the same with us and I'm sure their parents and so on. We all want the best for ourselves and our kids but the important thing is that we all  need to just be us. We are all individuals with different like, dislikes and strengths. It's not worth focusing on things that we can't do, we need to spend our energy on the things we can do and do those things well.

Today's card is a card to let someone know that they just need to be themselves. It could serve as an inspiration to someone who may be struggling emotionally with where they are in life. It will let them know you are there for them for the person that they are, not someone they are not.

This card is a fun little twist on the traditional 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card. It is that same size, the only difference is that the front half of the card is cut down 1 1/4" and then a circle punch is used to notch out a piece to fit the flower on the inside of the card, yet still be able to see it on the outside. Of course, you can change this card layout to fit any occasion. A cupcake for a birthday, a baby stamp for a new baby, any of the masculine stamps for the perfect card for the guy in your life and the list goes on. Have fun with it and the possibilities will just keep coming. 

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Lift Me Up & Take Me Away

Hello Stamping Friends,

Today I bring a fun treat that is super easy to make. I've shared a different one back in December (Christmas theme). This one today features the fun hot air balloons that are in the Occasions catalog and the coordinating paper that is in the Sale-a-bration brochure. I love the hot air balloons. One day I am going to go up in one. Yep, that's certainly on my bucket list. I think it may be a little frightening at first but oh so marvelous after that initial feeling of what the heck am I doing this for. Anyone up for a hot air balloon ride?

You start by covering some little nuggets of chocolate with a 1" x 3" piece of designer series paper. For this one I used two different patterns, but you can use 5 different (one for each chocolate) or use all the same. The choice is yours while the options abound.  I then cut a piece of coordinating cardstock (watermelon wonder) to 5" x 2" and score it 1/4" on each of the long sides to make a little "plate" for the chocolate to rest on before placing it in the cello bag. Honestly, these look adorable even without the tag if you needed a super quick and easy little treat/favor for a party.

Just a close up of the tag, so you can see all the fine details. Stamp the clouds all over 3/4 of the tag. Leave the bottom half blank.  Cut about 3/4" x 2" piece of gray dotted designer paper and a 1/2" x 2" piece of the little hot air balloon paper for the bottom portion of the tag. Then stamp and use the framelits to cut out the little thank you and notes. The hot air balloon is colored with markers and then cut out with the framelits.  The hot air balloon and the thank you are attached with dimensionals. (My favorite)

What type of party do you have coming up that this would be a great little treat for? How about Valentine's day for your friends, family and coworkers. The new designer series paper stack for Valentine's day would be great.

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