Language of Friendship -- Stampin' Addicts Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop
Flowers and Fans in a Fancy Fold

CASEing Myself for Inspiration

Hello!

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!  I hope you were able to find some time to travel through the Stampin' Addicts Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop over the weekend.  If not, don't worry, you can still see all the great projects featuring the great Sale-A-Bration products that you can select for FREE with a qualifying purchase of Stampin' Up! merchandise.  Just click here to see a list of all the links for the hop.  I can promise you that you'll find lots of great ideas and inspiration for using all the great products in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

I promised that I would devote some time to provide detailed information about how the projects featured in the Blog Hop were made using the Language of Friendship stamp set.  I'll begin with the first project shown, with the bird and flowers in an embossed oval frame.

Bird_in_Oval
(click on card to see larger image)

I was having a hard time getting started when I began preparing the projects for the Blog Hop.  To jump start my creative process, I decided to begin by copying a project I had made some months ago using the Language of Friendship stamp set.  (You can see that project here.)  This card is nearly exact to the first card I made; the only real difference comes from the colors used and the addition of a brad.

The card base is Island Indigo.  Adhered to the card front is a piece of Lucky Limeade cardstock matted with a piece of Pool Party cardstock.  [Note:  The edges of the card front and the two matted pieces were all sponged with Soft Suede ink; as are all the other elements of this card with the exception of the ribbon, pearls and brad.]

The focal point begins with a piece of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper matted with a piece of Island Indigo cardstock.  A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was embossed in the Big Shot using the oval frame of the Designer Frames Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The cardstock around the outside of the frame was torn away and the frame was sponged with Calypso Coral ink adding the ink lightly at the center of the frame and getting progressively darker to the outside edges of the frame and cardstock.  Then the edges of the cardstock and the embossed areas of the frame were sponged with Soft Suede ink to bring the embossing into higher relief.  Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of the frame and the frame adhered to the upper area of the Designer Series Paper.

The bird body and bird wing were inked with Soft Suede ink, stamped on pieces of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, and punched out using the Bird Builder punch.  The branch image was inked with Soft Suede ink, stamped on a piece of Lucky Limeade cardstock, and punched out using the Bird Builder punch.  The bird legs were inked with Soft Suede ink and stamped near the right bottom inner edge of the oval frame.  The branch was adhered under the legs and the bird/wing above the legs.

The 3-flower stamp image was stamped three times on Very Vanilla cardstock using Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, and Pool Party inks.  The images were punched out using the Boho Blossoms punch.  The center flower of the large Calypso Coral flower was cut out using Paper Snips.  In addition, I made a small clip in between all the petals of the cut out flower before adhering the cut out flower to the center of the large Island Indigo flower.  The Paper Piercing Tool was used to pierce a hole at the center of the combined flowers and one of the cute brads from the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack was inserted.  I used my fingertips to pull up the petals of the cut out flower around the outside edge of the brad.  The combined flowers and brad were adhered to the left bottom inner edge of the oval frame with a Stampin' Dimensional.

A small Island Indigo flower and a medium Calypso Coral flower were adhered above the large combined flowers using Mini Glue Dots.  Basic Pearls (3 mm) were added to the center of each flower.  {Note:  Don't get rid of the rest of the flowers...you'll be using them soon.]

The sentiment was inked with Calypso Coral ink.  A Blender Pen was used to remove the Calypso Coral ink from the word "Friendship" and the word was then inked with the brush tip of a Lucky Limeade Stampin' Write Marker and stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  This piece was adhered near the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper.  A piece of Island Indigo 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon was wrapped around the focal point and knotted at the center.  The completed focal point was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Bird_in_Oval_Inside
(click on card to see larger image)

The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The bird body and bird wing were inked with Soft Suede ink and stamped on pieces of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper and punched out with the Bird Builder punch.  The branch was inked with Soft Suede ink, stamped on Lucky Limeade cardstock, and punched out using the Bird Builder punch.  The bird legs were inked with Soft Suede ink and stamped just above the bottom edge of the liner.  The punched pieces were assembled with the branch below the legs and the bird body and wing above the legs.  The small Calypso Coral flower and the medium Island Indigo flower were adhered near the end of the branch using Mini Glue Dots.  The inner flower of the large Pool Party flower was cut out using Paper Snips and small clips were made in between the petals of the cut out flower.  The petals were pulled up and the flower adhered next to the first two flowers with a Mini Glue Dot.

Bird_in_Oval_Envelope
(click on envelope to see larger image)

The bird body and bird wing were inked one more time with Soft Suede ink, stamped on pieces of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, and punched out with the Bird Builder punch.  The branch was inked with Lucky Limeade ink and stamped near the bottom left corner of the Medium Very Vanilla envelope front.  The bird legs were inked with Soft Suede ink and stamped just above the branch.  The bird body and bird wing were adhered above the bird legs.

I really love how this card turned out.  The soft colors and vintage feel of this card just made me feel relaxed and happy.  The same way I felt the first time I made the card while thinking of my BFF Terry.   The best part is, that while I was making this card, a whole bunch of ideas for other projects began floating around in my brain.

The next time you feel you're in a creative funk or that your creative Mojo is failing you, just do what I did.  CASE yourself.  CASE means Copy And Share Everything.  And it doesn't apply only to the stuff that you've made; it also applies to the stuff you may see all around you.  Just make sure that if you copy something made by another person that you give that person credit for the work that they invested in the project.

I'll see you soon with another Language of Friendship project from the Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Language of Friendship; Inks:  Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Soft Suede; Stampin' Write Marker:  Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Everyday Enchantment; Embellishments:  Basic Jewels Pearls, Island Indigo 3/8" Ruffled ribbon, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Blender Pen, Boho Blossoms punch, Bird Builder punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Designer Frames Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope

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Paula aka Scrapshappen

Love this card Mickey. And I love how you always decorate the inside and the envelope too. Beautiful!

Diane Ouellette

Love this version! Decorated nicely inside and out. Gotta CASE this myself! Thanks for sharing.

Yapha

Such a good idea to CASE yourself!! (Actually, I should just CASE you, right?) This is such a gorgeous project, and double wow on the inside and the envelope, too!

Melanie Schulenberg

Just beautiful!

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