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Today’s project continues my exploration with Glübers. I can’t stop playing with this little glue discs. The more materials I use with them–and the more I practice technique–I think my flower making skill is progressing nicely.

I used Papertrey Ink’s Lavender Moon cardstock for the card base. The card mat is Stampin’ Up! Whisper White. The background image comes from the Stampin’ Up! set called “Printed Petals” and was stamped in SU! Cherry Cobbler ink. The ribbon I used with the Glüber is also from Stampin’ Up! The floral center is a Webster’s Pages Sparkler button. I also used another piece of Swarovski crystal chatelaine chain to set off the boutonniére effect of the flower. The sentiment is from Teresa Collins “Notations” collection.






The Circles Of Life…

Today’s card project is made from some of the latest Papertrey Ink goodies I added to my ever-multiplying collection. I immediately fell in love with one of the newest steel dies that Papertrey Ink seems to excel at: Simple Circles Border. This great steel die works with almost any embossing/cutting platform familiar to crafters. It measures 1″ x 7 3/4″ and offers a great deal of flexibility in how you might want to incorporate or modify this design into your projects. I chose to use it with a coordinating stamp set called “Boy Basics: Simple Circles” (from PTI, as well). My thought was to use the die cut image to create the actual background for my card.

Using some plain white cardstock, I ran the die through my Cuttlebug four times to create four strips for my card background mat. The base cardstock is from Papertrey Ink’s Perfect Match cardstock line in a color called Summer Sunrise. I also used a 4″ x 5″ piece of the same colored cardstock as a mat to adhere my die-cut strips to. After playing around with how I wanted to orient the strips on my card, I chose to alternate the half-circle end vertically–one starting at the top, the next on the bottom. Next, I grabbed one pair (small and large) of the clear acrylic stamps featuring a circular bullseye effect and several inkpads and played around with colors. In the end, I used Stampin’ Up! color ranges in: Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, and Poppy Parade. I used a tulle, pearl, and crystal fleurette from Prima Marketing on one of the circles to break up the pattern a bit and offer another visual interest point.

The result is a bright, cheery card that just kind of screams “celebration” (hence, the appropriate sentiment). I think this would make a lovely birthday or party announcement. My mind is so full of ideas for incorporating this die and stamp combination into many different projects.




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Build A Blossom…

Today’s project showcases two of my favorite recent additions to the Stampin’ Up! line. The stamp set is called “Build A Blossom” (#121994, $18.95) and features several petal and leaf shapes designed to be used in a two-step stamping process. The other product I used was the coordinating Blossom Petal XL punch–which is truly a must have with this stamp set and an invaluable time saver.

The textured cardstock for this card project is Stampin’ Up! in Brilliant Blue. I also used a clear transparency overlay that has been stamped with a polka dot pattern over the cardstock. The petals of the flower were cut from Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Whisper White and stamped with two shades of blue ink–Stampin’ Up! in Marina Mist and Tsukineko Memento in Danube Blue. I used a Zig Two-Way glue pen to adhere one petal to the next and shape my blossom. The perfect finishing touch was a jeweled button from Webster’s Pages in a lovely aqua color. It’s a very simple card in its layout, but maximizes the beauty and wow factor of the image and the colors.







Well Hello Doilies…

The fine folks at Papertrey Ink keep finding ingenious ways of liberating my money from my pockets. I’ve long been a fan of their stamp and cardstock lines. However, their recent introduction of custom steel dies has made me love them even more. This month’s release had a stamp and die set that really spoke to me–and it’s all about doilies. (Actually, in many ways, these sets remind me of childhood obsession with the drawing toy Spirograph. I could sit for hours and design colorful bursts of loops. Which I suppose should have been my first indication that papercrafting would become such a big part of my future.)

The real showcase for this post is a set of three steel dies called the Doily Details Collections. This set of three 2 3/4″ dies is highly versatile and a joy to use with any die-cutting machine you happen to own. I also highly recommend the complimentary set of punch-out tools (which help remove all those little bits of paper in one fell swoop).

This first card is very simple. I used the aptly named “Delightful Doilies” stamp set to create a background that mimics the die-cut greeting badge I created. The cardstock and ink (Rich Razzleberry) is from Stampin’ Up!. The stamps and dies are Papertrey Ink.




The second project was a vexing one for me. I created this card several days ago, but I was stuck on how to incorporate a greeting on it. So, I put it to the side. No matter how many times I came back to it, I just couldn’t find the right solution. Then, the die set arrived and solved my problem. In this case, I trimmed the die cut to fit my space requirements and it worked like a charm.



Hung…With Care







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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink in Pine Feather, Bazzill Textured in Snow;
Mat Cardstock: SEI, from the “Glitzmas” Collection;
Decorative Paper: Memory Box, from the “Tinsel” Collection;
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! “Heard From The Heart” set;
Tools: Cricut Imagine, Cricut Imagine “Snow Angel” Art Cartridge;
Embellishments: Jenni Bowlin Pearl Flowers in Cream Cheese;
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Pad in Cherry Cobbler;