I was absolutely thrilled when Heidi Weaver asked me to participate in the Spring Fever Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop this month. This is one of those really fun blog hops where the design participants always come up with awesome projects relating to a stamping theme. This hop celebrates Sale-a-bration and the Spring Occasions catalogues.
Whether you linked to me from Christine Giuda's Dancin Stamps blogspot or this is your first stop on the Spring Fever Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop, I hope you'll enjoy what I have in store for you. This is a triple project post, so make sure you keep scrolling down!
Oh and just remember our blog hop is hopping in a circle so grab some refreshments and continue hopping until you return to your starting point. It's quite a journey and I'm sure you're going to find plenty of inspiration along the way. I'd love it if you left a comment to let me know that you've stopped by, and how you liked my projects, and I hope you'll come back to visit me again.
In case you have to leave or get lost, here's a list of the blogs participating in this hop:
I was thrilled to learn that Kath Rick's blog "All That Scrap" was assigned to me for the favorite past project part of the blog hop.
Let me tell you, choosing a card to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) from Kath's blog was definitely a hard choice for me as there are just so many exciting posts. Kath's card making creativity has long been an inspiration for me, and I sincerely enjoy visiting her blog and checking out her many challenge and technique posts. I hope you'll drop by and check it out too. You won't regret it.
Here's the card I chose for my "past favourite".
|Card created by Kath Ricks of All That Scraps Blog Spot - February 13, 2014|
I'm a big fan of the Butterfly Basics stamp set in the Occasions Spring Catalogue, so when it came to designing this card I didn't have to think very hard about which stamp set I'd use. The floral image is fabulous whether it's stamped in it's entirety or shown as only a partial image and I think it's one of those stamps that looks good coloured or just stamped in black ink. I would have liked to have used Blendabilities on this image however I think it looks okay coloured with Stampin' Up! markers. Let me know what you think.
I chose to play up the black and white frame on Kath's card by adding an additional two layers below the designer paper layer. Note: Before adhering the first black and white card stock layers, I cut a die image from the centers to reduce their overall weight on the card. Because my image was larger than the one Kath used I opted to use the Window Frames Collection Framelits to cut the opening in my dsp layer before embossing it with the Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Note: DSP becomes really fragile to handle once it's embossed, so I didn't want to risk tearing it.
|This is the inside of the card and the Whisper White panel measures 5 1/4" x 4". I stamped the Honeycomb from the Basic Butterfly stamp set across the center of the page and then layered the sentiment from the same set on top of it. Two 1/4" strips of Basic Black and DSP were layered across the bottom.|
|Here you can see some of the detail and colouring of the stamped image.|
Inks: Black Memento Ink, Hello Honey
Markers: So Saffron, Starfruit, Crushed Currie, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz
Card stock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories: Window Framelits, Paper Trimmer, Big Shot, Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Adhesive
|Butterfly Basics Stamp Set page 26 of the Occasions Catalogue|
I'm totally in love with the stamps and products in this year's Sale-A-Bration and Occasions Spring catalogues. My favorite stamps are the Lotus Blossom and Basic Butterfly because of their soft feminine images and the ease with which you can combine them.
For my second project, I decided to make a Center Stair Step Card featuring both these stamp sets. If you've never tried a stair step card before, now's your chance. I hope my instructions and photos will help you along. In my opinion, stair step cards have such a wow factor when they come out of the envelope, that makes them fun to give!
Here's my Card:
Stamp Sets: Lotus Blossom, Basic Butterfly, Petite Pairs and Gorgeous Grunge
Card Stock: Basic Black, Whisper White and Calypso Coral
DSP: Stacked With Love
Ink: Tuxedo Memento Black Ink, Cantaloupe Crisp, Old Olive
Accessories: Trimmer, Score Pal, Bone Folder, Basic Butterfly Framelits,
Basic Pearls, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, dimensionals, glue dots, and adhesive strips.
How Did I Do It:
Although you may think this is a difficult card to make, fear not, because it's super easy. This card requires only a few cuts and scores and then you're off to decorating it, so just follow my steps:
1. Cut your Basic Black card base to measure 5 1/2" x 11".
2. Using your trimmer place your card stock facing the right side and at the 1" mark, move the cutting blade down to the 6 1/2" mark on the ruler.
3. Flip the card stock over and repeat this cut on the other side. These are the only two cuts you need to make on this card stock.
4. Starting with the card stock facing the top of your trimmer, score from the outside edge of the card stock to the beginning of the cut at the 1" mark then move over to the other side of the card and repeat.
5. Move the scoring blade down to 2" and score to the cut line and again on the other side of the card.
6. Move the scoring blade down to 5 1/2" mark and score but this time move to the inside of the cut lines and score just the center part of the card. This will be the fold line for the front of the card.
7. Move the scoring blade down to the 6 1/2 " mark and score from the outside edge of the card stock to the score line and repeat on the other side.
|The score lines are the dashes at 1", 2", 5 1/2" and 6 1/2".|
|The 1", 5 1/2" and 6 1/2" score lines are folded as mountain folds and the 2" is a valley fold.|
|Black card base before the panels are adhered.|
|Adhere all the card stock and DSP pieces to the panels, except for the ones marked with an asterisk (*) above. They will be added with dimensionals, once the stamping is done.|
|Can be bought as an individual die set or as part of a bundle. See page 26 of the Occasions Catalogue.|
12. For the card inside I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to measure 5 14" x 4" and adhered it to the inside. I stamped Happy Birthday from a no name set and some more of the Lotus Blossoms to finish the card.
|This card set was made with Tangelo Twist and Hello Honey inks.|
|Matching envelopes which I made with my Envelope Maker.|
|I made four of this card style and they featured mixed sayings - "Happy Birthday", "Thank You", "Get Better Soon" and "With Sympathy". I used Tangello Twist and Mossey Meadow Inks.|
|The inside view and matching envelope.|
|Loved the addition of the Gorgeous Grunge Splatter! It really adds a watercolour effect to these card fronts.|
|The following sets of cards were down in Old Olive and Strawberry Slush inks and cardstocks.|
|All of the thank you cards had a similar inside.|
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