Going Places for a 65th Birthday
Time for Tea?

Sending Smiles

Hello!  I hope you're having a lovely weekend!


Stampin' Up! has announced the Retiring List from the Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog.  I hope you've taken the time to peruse the list to make sure that you've ordered all the remaining items on your Wish List before these items are gone.  For retiring accessories like ribbon, ink, paper, and Big Shot items availability is limited to stock on hand so when these items are gone, they are gone for good.  Retiring stamp sets will be available until May 22nd.  After that date, availability will be limited to stock on hand.  You can find all the Retiring items at my on-line store by clicking on the Order Stampin' Up! Online button at the upper right side of this page and selecting the Retiring Items hot link at the top of the left sidebar.  You may find that some of the items on your Wish List are discounted as much as 50 percent!

Today's project features a retiring stamp set from the Occasions Catalog called Happy Home.  This stamp set was designed to work with the Hearth & Home Thinlits dies for the Big Shot, but for this card I used a couple of the images to create a fun fold card.


I just love the little boy flying his kite with his dog.  This image brings back so many memories of my children on brisk Spring days.

This card begins with a card base of Crumb Cake cardstock.  The card was folded along the score line and then opened up and placed on the Big Shot with the 3-1/4" Squares Collection Framelit (Hint:  these Framelits are Retiring) placed on the card front so that there is equal distance between the outside edge of the Framelit and the top edge, right edge and center fold of the card front.  Die cut the card front and set aside.  


Stamp the "sending smiles" greeting from the Greatest Greetings stamp set on a strip of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink and die cut using the ticket corner Framelit from the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits.  Die cut a piece of Pacific Point cardstock using the same Framelit.  Adhere the Whisper White die cut greeting to the Pacific Point die cut with the bottom edge of the Whisper White piece approximately 1/8" above the bottom edge of the Pacific Point piece.  Adhere the greeting centered to the open area below the square die cut on the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

A 3" square piece of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the little boy with kite image using Basic Black Archival ink.  The image was colored with the Blender Pen and Old Olive ink for the grass, Pacific Point ink for the boy's shirt and the kite tail bows, Cherry Cobbler ink for the boy's shorts and the kite and Hello Honey ink for the boy's hair and the dog.  The Whisper White cardstock was adhered at the center of a 3-1/4" square of Basic Black cardstock.  A wide arrow was punched from a piece of Pacific Point cardstock using the What's Up punch (Retired, but you can use any shape).  Two 1/16" holes were punched in the triangle area of the punched arrow and a piece of Whisper White Baker's Twine was threaded through the holes and tied into a bow.  The arrow body was adhered behind the upper left corner of the Basic Black cardstock square.


Now it's time to create the fun fold!  A piece 5-1/4" x 6" piece of Whisper White cardstock was scored at 2" and 4" along the 6" edge.  BEFORE folding the cardstock, stamp the "get well sooner" sentiment from the Greatest Greetings stamp set and the bench with clouds image from the Happy Home stamp set using Basic Black Archival ink.  The sentiment is stamped near the upper part of the cardstock across the score line closest to the right edge.  The bench with clouds image is stamped at the lower right corner of the cardstock and colored with the Blender Pen and Old Olive ink for the grass, Cherry Cobbler ink for the park bench, and a thin line of Smoky Slate ink around the outside edge of each cloud.  

Fold the cardstock at the score lines so that there is a mountain fold where there is no stamping and a valley fold where there is stamping.  Place Tombow Multi Adhesive on the back of the cardstock where the bench is stamped and place at the inside sentiment area of the Crumb Cake card base so that there is approximately 1/8" space between the top edge , right side, and bottom edge of the card base and the top edge, right side, and bottom edge of the folded Whisper White cardstock.  Press in place with fingertips and hold for a few seconds to allow the glue to bond with the cardstock pieces.


Close the card so that the folded Whisper White shows inside the die cut window on the card front.  Place Tombow Multi Adhesive on the folded Whisper White cardstock showing through the die cut window.


Place right side of the Basic Black cardstock 3-1/4" square against the right side of the die cut window and press the down over the opening to ensure that the Basic Black cardstock is squared inside the die cut window.  Smooth the cardstock with fingertips and press in place for a few seconds to allow adhesive to bond to the cardstock.  Note that the Pacific Point arrow head is on top of the card front.  The arrow head serves two purposes:  1) it keeps the Basic Black from falling into the inside of the card, and 2) it provides a bright, attractive element that people want to touch; thus enticing the recipient of the card to pull the arrow head to open the card.


The Medium Crumb Cake envelope was stamped with the kite image and "sending smiles" greeting at the lower left front corner using Basic Black Archival ink.  The kite was colored with the Blender Pen and Cherry Cobbler ink for the kite and Pacific Point ink for the kite tails.

Make some time this weekend for creativity!


Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Greatest Greetings, Happy Home; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Cherry Cobbler, Hello Honey, Old Olive, Pacific Point; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Whisper White Baker's Twine; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Tombow Multi Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pen, 1/16" circle handheld punch, What's Up punch [Retired], Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Squares Collection Framelits, Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits; Other:  Medium Crumb Cake Envelope


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Joni Kelly

Hi Mickey,
as a former SU Demo I've been admiring your work for quite some time, now. I'll usually glance and say to myself, "okay, that's something I might like to CASE!" Well, this time the response is, "WOW! This IS something I WILL CASE!!!" I love the layout of this card and can see so many fun possibilities. Then when you added this cute stamp set - that just put it over the top. I hadn't imagined such a cute card with this set. Thanks for the inspiration and spark of Stampin' excitement!!!
Joni Kelly

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