Kits

Project Kit -- Tin of Cards

Hi There!

It's a special week in my neck of the woods.  My husband's 65th birthday is tomorrow and I'm so excited for him!  Him?  Not so much...  I think he should be as he was convinced that he would never live to this birthday, but that's a whole 'nother story.  In any case, I have some things planned for him this weekend that should make him feel pretty darn special.  So we'll see how it goes.

Today's post is about a really lovely project kit from Stampin' Up!  In fact, it's featured on the cover of the Stampin' Up! Catalog:  the Tin of Cards Project Kit.  It looks pretty cool on the catalog cover, but in real life it's even better!  This kit has the ingredients for 16 cards and envelopes, dividers for a greeting card organizer, and the actual tin in which to organize the cards.  The coordinating stamp set, Tin of Cards, has some really lovely stamp images that can be used for a wide variety of projects but I'm especially fond of the number of word images that can be used for pretty much any occasion for which you'd make a greeting card.  In my book, that makes the stamp set an exceptional value.  Here's the entire kit assembled.

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Here are the 9 file tab dividers to organize the greeting cards in the tin.

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Here is the first of the four card designs.  This one is pretty simple with the wooden word bubble; but the combination of wood and glitter is adorable.

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The second card design has a rectangular cutout with a printed transparency window under the butterflies.

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The third card design features a gold foil sheet with horizontal cutouts.  I like the idea of stamping on the card front inside the cutouts.

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The fourth card design has a large cutout on the card front with a printed panel of paper behind the cutout.  The colors on the paper are so bright and cheerful!

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All of these cards were made pretty much as directed on the instruction sheet that comes with the kit using the recommended ink colors and the coordinating stamp set.  It took me a little over two hours to make all of the cards and the dividers so you can see that you'll have a good start to filling your box with cards that will be available right when you need them.  Plus, there's plenty of room in the box for more cards!  

Of course, don't make the kit so that you can keep the cards...Send them out!  Put a smile on a loved one's face and mail them a card that you've made.  It will make their day!

And if you're looking for a great gift for Mother's Day, Secretary's Day, Wedding, or other special event, an assembled Tin of Cards Project Kit would put you right at the top of the "Best. Gift. Ever." list!

Now I'm rolling over to my crafting table to make a birthday card for my husband!

Have a great weekend!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this project kit --

Project Kit:  Tin of Cards; Stamps:  Tin of Cards; Inks:  Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Staz-On Jet Black; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Tombow Multi, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Bone Folder, Paper Snips 


You're So Lovely -- Thank You Card

Happy Friday!

Hope you had a great week!

Here's another card made using the You're So Lovely Stamp set and one of the templates from the You're So Lovely Project Kit.  I really like the the vividness of this card with the Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, and Basic Black.

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This card begins with a card base of Watermelon Wonder cardstock.  A piece of Whisper White cardstock was covered with the right and left arrow heads template from the You're So Lovely Project Kit.  I used the foam roller and handle provided with the project kit to roll Watermelon Wonder ink over the template to transfer the pattern to the cardstock.  The Whisper White cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock.  Basic Black 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon was wrapped around the Whisper White/Basic Black cardstocks about 1-1/4" from the bottom edge of the cardstocks and knotted to the left side of the cardstocks.  The cardstocks were then adhered at the center of the card front.

A piece of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the circle image from the You're So Lovely Stamp set using Watermelon Wonder ink.  The "thank you You Wonderful Thing You" sentiment was inked with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamped at the center of the circle.  The image was then die cut with the Big Shot using a framelit from the Circles Collection Framelits that is slightly smaller than 2-1/2" diameter.  The Whisper White circle was matted at the center of a piece of Basic Black cardstock punched with the 2-1/2" circle punch.  The circle sentiment was adhered near the lower right corner of the cardfront with the bottom edge of the circle sitting over the Basic Black ribbon.

Three silver sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment were adhered on the cardfront using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The right and left arrow head stamp from the You're So Lovely stamp set was inked with Watermelon Wonder ink and stamped four times to create two rows of arrow heads at the top of the liner and four more times to create two rows of arrow heads at the bottom of the liner.  Thin strips of Basic Black cardstock were adhered just below the top rows of arrow heads and just above the bottom rows of arrow heads using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Then the liner was adhered at the center of the inside sentiment area.

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A scrap piece of paper was placed between the envelope flap to cover the remainder of the back of the envelope.  Then the arrow heads template was placed over the flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  The foam roller was used to apply Watermelon Wonder ink over the template to ink the envelope flap.

Now you've seen the cards with envelopes, treat bags and tags, and two more projects using items from the You're So Lovely Project Kit and the You're So Lovely stamp set.  There are still quite a few more left over die cuts and Baker's Twine that I can use to make more cards or tags and I haven't used all the images from the stamp set yet.  So you can see that the combination of these two great products will give you some serious bang for the buck.  I hope you'll consider them when you place your next order from the Occasions Catalog.

Have a great weekend!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Kits:  You're So Lovely Project Kit; Inks:  Watermelon Wonder, Memento Tuxedo Black; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Metallics Sequin Assortment, Basic Black 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, 2-1/2" circle punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Circles Collection Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


You're So Lovely -- A Pretty Note Card (FMS223)

Hi there!

In my last post, I presented the You're So Lovely Project Kit with the coordinating You're So Lovely stamp set.  I was really pleased with how quickly and easily the 16 cards with envelopes and 12 treat bags with tags went together.  Today's post features a pretty note card made with some of the left over items from the kit.

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The left over pieces used for this card are the die cut butterfly and the Basic Black/White Baker's Twine.  The die cut started out as white but it was used as a stencil for the insides of the cards and to decorate the envelopes for the cards I made in the kit.  So why not take advantage of the pretty Mint Macaron color of the butterfly and use it as a focal point?  You can see that the Mint Macaron on the butterfly is darker than the Mint Macaron card base, but that's because there are a whole lot of layers of ink on that butterfly after using it as a stencil multiple times.  I even used it a couple more times as a stencil for this card!  The first time, it was placed at the upper left corner of the Whisper White cardstock liner for the inside sentiment area of this card.  The Mint Macaron ink was applied to the cardstock using a stipple brush.  [You can use a sponge, but I have better success with the stipple brush because I don't have to worry about pressing too hard with the sponge and leaving a blotchy mark.]  The second time, it was placed at the upper center of the back of the Medium Whisper White envelope.  The Mint Macaron ink was applied in the same manner as used for the liner.  If you're using the die cut for the focal point of the card, you need to complete these steps before you make the card front.

The card begins with a Mint Macaron card base.  A piece of Whisper White cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the Fluttering Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The edges of the embossed cardstock were sponged with Mint Macaron ink and the inked sponge was rubbed lightly over the butterflies to bring them into higher relief.  The Basic Black/White Baker's Twine was wrapped around the upper center of the Whisper White cardstock with the ends of the Baker's Twine adhered at the back of the cardstock.  Then the Whisper White cardstock was adhered at the center of the card front.

A small piece of Gold Metallic Thread was bent in half with the fold adhered to a Mini Glue Dot placed behind the head of the butterfly die cut.  Stampin' Dimensionals were cut into smaller pieces and placed along the back of the butterfly body and then the butterfly was adhered at the upper center of the Whisper White cardstock over the Basic Black/White Baker's Twine.  The "You're Lovely" part of the "trust me You're Lovely" sentiment from the You're So Lovely stamp set was inked with the brush tip of the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Then the banner image from the You're So Lovely stamp set was inked with Mint Macaron ink and stamped over the "You're Lovely" sentiment centering the sentiment inside the banner.  The banner was die cut with the Big Shot using the banner framelit from the Large Numbers Framelits.  The banner was adhered over the lower part of the die cut butterfly using Mini Glue Dots.

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The inside sentiment area was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  You can see that the butterfly die cut was used to stencil a butterfly at the top left corner of the liner prior to completing the card front.  The bottom 1-1/2" of the liner was embossed with the Big Shot using the Fluttering Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The edges of the liner were sponged with Mint Macaron ink and the inked sponge was rubbed lightly over the embossed butterflies.  A piece of Basic Black/White Baker's Twine was wrapped around the liner with the ends of the Baker's Twine adhered at the back of the liner.  A bow was tied with a piece of the Baker's Twine and adhered at the right side of the wrapped Baker's Twine using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.  The "trust me" part of the "trust me You're Lovely" sentiment was inked with the brush tip of a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The banner image was inked with Mint Macaron ink and stamped over the "trust me" sentiment centering the sentiment inside the banner.  The banner was die cut with the Big Shot using the banner framelit from the Large Numbers Framelits.  The banner was adhered near the upper center of the liner with the left edge of the banner over the lower right side of the butterfly making the banner slightly off center to the right.  Finally, the liner was adhered at the center of the inside of the card.

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You can see where the butterfly die cut was used to stencil a butterfly at the back upper center of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Mint Macaron ink and the stipple brush.

So today I'm scrolling through my Facebook posts and noticed a lovely card made by Jen Timko using the current sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches (FMS223).  

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I looked at my card and realized that this card uses the sketch design!  How about that for serendipity??!!??  So I decided, "What the heck!" and am submitting my card for their challenge.  I'm so jazzed that it worked out this way.

Hope you are liking the updated look for the blog.  I contracted with Patsy Waggoner at Blogs by Patsy to update the look of the blog and make it more friendly with social media and all the electronic devices that folks use.  I'd love to hear your feedback on the updates.  Do they work for you?

Talk to you soon--

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  You're So Lovely; Inks:  Mint Macaron; Stampin' Write Marker:  Basic Black; Cardstock:  Mint Macaron, Whisper White; Embellishments:  You're So Lovely Project Kit (left over pieces), Gold Metallic Thread;  Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi Purpose Platform, Fluttering Textured Impressions embossing folder, Magnetic Platform, Large Numbers Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Stipple Brush


You're So Lovely -- A Kit With Glamour

Happy Saturday!

Today started out bright and sunny but then evolved into a rainy and cooling mess.  Bummer.  A good time to get caught up on paperwork.  The really cool thing was that I finished sending information to a person I've contracted to update my blog.  So in the near future you'll be seeing a few changes to the look of my blog.  I'm excited about the changes and hope that you'll find them pleasing to the eye.

Today's post features a card making kit that is new with the Occasions Catalog.  I love Stampin' Up!'s kits and this one is very pretty and easy to make.  I think the combination of gold embossing on the card fronts and tags, along with a couple of other gold accents, helps to make the finished cards and tags look pretty glamorous!  The kit comes with all the stuff to make 16 cards and 12 gift bags and tags.  You would need to add the adhesives, the inks, and the stamp set.  The coordinating stamp set is really adorable and has a nice variety of greetings along with a banner image and circle image that coordinates with a framelit and circle punch, respectively.  This kit has been sitting on my work table since December just calling to me to put it together.  So this week I did just that.  Here are the cards.

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The kit comes with templates and foam rollers to fill in the solid areas behind the die cuts.  There are also the negatives of the templates to sponge outside the die cuts.  I like that there's this versatility so that you can decide how you want your cards to look.  

Here's a closer look at one of the birthday cards using the star die cut with the ink color inside the die cut area.

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The star template was placed over the top of the card front and the foam roller inked with Watermelon Wonder ink.  The foam roller was rolled over the template with the result that the ink met the card front only within the star shape.  The template was removed and the star die cut was adhered over the inked star using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  The Basic Black banner was stamped with the banner image and "Congrats" using Whisper White Craft ink and adhered over the die cut star using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Small and large three dimensional stars were added to the card front and a piece of Basic Black/White Baker's Twine was wrapped around the card front and tied into a bow.

The instructions for the kit don't address stamping for the inside of the card and envelope, but you know that I just can't leave them bare.

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I took an extra star die cut and placed it at the inside sentiment area of the card and held it in place with a fingertip.  Using a stipple brush and the Watermelon Wonder ink, I added ink over the die cut to make the star shape appear.  Then I stamped the "enjoy your day" sentiment over the star using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

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The star was added to the lower left front corner of the envelope using the star die cut and stipple brush with Watermelon Wonder ink.  Then the "Happy Birthday" sentiment was stamped over the star image using Watermelon Wonder ink.

Here's a card for a wedding.

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For this card, the diamond shape was removed from the larger template and placed over the card front.  Using the stipple brush and Mint Macaron ink, I inked the area around the outside edges of the diamond shape.  You can do this with a sponge, but I like the stipple brush better because I'm less likely to get a dark blotch if I press down too hard in one spot.  The diamond die cut was adhered inside the un-inked diamond area using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  The Kraft banner was stamped with the banner image and the "enjoy your day" greeting using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and adhered over the diamond die cut using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Large and small gold half-ball dots were adhered around the diamond die cut and a piece of Basic Black/White Baker's Twine was wrapped around the card front and tied in a bow.

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Mint Macaron ink and a stipple brush were used to add color on top of an extra diamond die cut held in place with my fingertip.  The "The Adventure Begins" sentiment was stamped at the center of the diamond image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

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The same process was used to add the diamond image to the lower left front corner of the envelope and the "Congrats" greeting was stamped over the diamond image using Mint Macaron ink.

The glassine treat bags included with the kit were covered with the arrow head template, the foam roller was inked, and then rolled over the template so that the ink was added to the front of the bag.  The die cut tags included with the kit come in three different shapes.  I added color to the center of each tag using the stipple brush and stamped greetings on the tags using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Here's a treat bag and tag used as an envelope for the wedding card.

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And here's a treat bag used as an envelope for the birthday card.

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I really like the gold embossing on the tags and card fronts with the banners, gold star or half-ball dots, and Basic Black/White Baker's Twine.  The gold banner-shaped clips are pretty darn cute, too.  Even after making the 16 cards with matching envelopes and the 12 bags and tags, there were still banners, die cuts, Baker's Twine and a few of the gold star and half-ball dots left over.  I have some great ideas for using those up--even the die cuts I covered in ink to create the shapes on the insides of the cards and fronts of envelopes.  I'll be sharing a couple of those in the next couple of days.  

Now that you've seen the kit made up, I hope you'll take a closer look at it.  Making the cards, tags, and treat bags took me a couple of hours and now I'm ready to pop these right into the mail or attach them to my packages.  [Note that the three dimensional gold stars and half-ball dots on the card fronts will require that you add extra postage for hand-cancelling if you mail them in the envelope provided.]

Have a great weekend!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used --

Kit:  You're So Lovely Project Kit; Stamps:  You're So Lovely; Inks:  Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White Craft, Memento Tuxedo Black; Adhesives:  Fine Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Acrylic Blocks (b, d, h); Non-Stampin' Up!:  Stipple Brush