Month: July 2016

SU Wild About Flowers with Hardwood

July 28, 2016

I played a round with the Paper Players #305 this week… love that site- such a creative Design Team. I really liked the sketch the talented LeAnne  gave us to work with this round, too-  just the inspiration I needed to create today! Now, I have a card in reserve to make it any occasion I need.


I used a  Hardwood stamped card that was on my desk collecting dust…and thought the SU Wild About Flowers stamp set would look great with some rustic additions like a piece of retired burlap ribbon and a gold button with a linen thread bow. I really love the NEW Layering Ovals Framelits- they create a nice sized border in so many different sizes with scallops, too! Definitely worth getting even if you have the older SU Ovals:)

SU Wild about Flowers for PP

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Mossy Meadow 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Mossy Meadow 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock

1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon

1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon

Gold Basic Metal Buttons

Gold Basic Metal Buttons

SU Sweet Cupcake with Cupcake Cutouts Framelits

July 25, 2016

I saw a card by the talented UK Demonstrator Amanda Bates that set the sweet cupcake on a doily on a portrait z-fold card. I couldn’t resist coming up with one of my own cards using the SU Sweet Cupcake stamp set and coordinating Cupcake Cutouts framelits.

SU Sweet Cupcake Best Things z fold

A Z-fold card is simple to make. I decided to make my card a landscape A2 sized card so I started with a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of cardstock and scored it at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side. The band across the front is also scored this way. I used the Festive embossing folder on the back part of the card- cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″. I think it gave a great backdrop for the cupcake to pop- not too busy with DSP but just added texture. I think the landscape design allows the cupcake to fill in the white embossed space and not need any additional fill-ins on the front right DSP side of the card either. The DSP is cut to 4″ x 2 1/2″.

I chose to leave the middle panel blank and write on the back of the card on a white panel. It just looked cleaner to me and let all the other parts stand out. But, you could easily place another piece of DSP or another sentiment on a white panel on the middle part of the card.

SU Sweet Cupcake Z fold top view

You will notice the sentiment is stamped differently than it comes in the set. I did cut my stamp and stack the words on top of each other. When I alter a stamp this way, I am sure NOT to trim any edges- I just cut through cleanly so it can easily go back together like puzzle pieces fit together.

sweet cupcake

cupcake cutouts

Here is another use of the sentiments and thinlit words:

SU Sweet Cupcake z fold belated birthday

 The Sweet Cupcake stamp set comes with the icing and cupcake liner labeled 1, 2, and 3  for realistic 3-step stamping. It is meant to stamp in that order #1, #2, and then #3.

However, I stamp in reverse, that is, I stamp #3, #2, and then #1.  The icing was stamped on Pink Pirouette cardstock using Pink Pirouette ink for stamp #3, then Blushing Bride ink for stamp #2, and then Melon Mambo ink for stamp #1. The cupcake liner is stamped on Sahara Sand cardstock using Crumb Cake ink on stamp # 3, then Sahara Sand ink for stamp #2, and then Tip Top Taupe for stamp #1. I hope that makes sense to you:)

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SU Seaside Shore Shaker Card

July 21, 2016


SU Seaside Shore Shaker

We made this shaker card at class last week using the SU Seaside Shore stamp set. To make the shaker mechanism, I used a sandwich of acetate, thin fun foam with a circle cut out, sand inside (a scant 1/2 t.), and another piece of acetate over top. I used Tombow glue to put it together and let it sit overnight to assure a good seal. I made the circle on the outside of the card a tad smaller than the circle in the fun foam.

SU Seaside Shore shaker close up

Here is the inside:

SU Seaside Shore incide shaler card

Tip: You can find an inexpensive bag of sand in the floral department of craft stores:)

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SU Flourishing Phrases

July 15, 2016

Another easy and elegant floral card made with the SU Flourishing Phrases Bundle…

SU Flourishing Phrases Sympathy

The stamp set has a multitude of sentiments!

Fphrases stamps

and awesome framelits, too!

fphrases framelits


SU Flourishing Phrases Comfort and Healing

SU Flourishing Phrases inside

We made this card at our monthly stamp class. I had one black piece of black cardstock to die cut all the framelits- we had a bit of a challenge with the large flower by the sentiment on the Sympathy card above. I believe it was due to putting too many dies on the machine at one time. We solved the problem by die cutting the flower separately. I will say that using the Precision Plate and Die Brush was helpful with these intricate dies. You can also use a shim of cardstock if you are having a challenge with cutting through any intricate framelits you use like the Butterflies etc.

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SU Floral Phrases Suite

July 11, 2016

Love, love, love this Floral Phrases Suite!

I made this quick card with a pretty piece of paper from the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper  and the Detailed Floral Thinlits. A “punch” of butterflies with some baker’s twine adds just enough pop to finish it off.

SU Floral Phrases with Butterfly

SU Floral Phrases inside

I love that the curvy edged thinlit fits over each of the floral dies so you can have either side cut along the flower edge. Notice how the thinlit fits in the photo below:

floral phrases bundle

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