Creating Cards with Ombre Stamp Pads

Yippee!  I finally found some time to play with new Stampin’ Up! goodies!  I say new, but they’ve been sitting on my craft desk, taunting and tempting me, for about six weeks now. Hmmm, coincidentally since school ended for the summer and my hooligans began spending their days with me.  Anyway, I finally just decided to take a few minutes when I could, and I managed to create 3 cards using the new Ombre Stamp Pads.Ombre-Title-ChaosServedDail

I was super excited to see these pads in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog.  Years ago, the Kaleidoscope pads, which were multi-colored, were among my first purchases from Stampin’ Up!, and I loved them dearly.  These Ombre Pads are just decreasing (or increasing, if you’re a glass half full person) shades of Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral, and Bermuda Bay. The stamp set I used, Summer Sorbet, is especially designed to work well with the pads, so Princess Thundercloud and I couldn’t wait to try them out together. Our first experience was less than optimal, so I had to do a little research online at Stampin’ Up!

It turns out (this is a cautionary tale, so learn from my pain) that you tap the pad, then slightly move the stamp several times to fully cover it. When we oh-so-carefully (we didn’t want to blur the ink together, thinking of the multicolored Kaleidoscope pads) tapped straight up and down, it left lines uncovered by ink on our stamps. Once we relaxed a little (because the little pads inside the Ombre Pads are all the same shade, just varying intensity, so blurring the lines doesn’t matter), the stamps and pads worked beautifully together. IMHO, of course!Ombre-Hearts-ChaosServedDai

With this card, I also used the new Copper Embossing Powder…love the look!  The background is from the Serene Scenery paperstack, and the sentiment can be found in the Watercolor Words stamp set, which has become a favorite of mine.The tiny heart kind of shows the design on the other side of the woodgrain paper. The twine came from a dollar bin at some store where I spend way too much time.


This Hooray card uses the same two stamp sets, Summer Sorbet and Watercolor Words, along with a card base from June’s Paper Pumpkin and that same twine.  The doily and washi tape are craft store finds that have also been lurking around my craft desk, wanting to be used.

Ombre-Snowcone-ChaosServedD  This Happy Birthday card is just so summery!  Too bad the temperature has been above 80 about 3 days here this summer.  Along with Summer Sorbet and Watercolor Words, I used the Timeless Textures stamp set, which has fabulously versatile stamps to create fun backgrounds, like the watercolor wash and drink rings. The sequins were also surplus from June’s Paper Pumpkin. The base is just a Whisper White notecard, which is a very affordable, convenient thing to have on hand!  I think a pack of 20 cards and envelopes is only $6.00.

So there you have it…the sum total of my card-creating for this entire summer!  These really took less than fifteen minutes each (and that includes the thinking time to decide on layouts and such).  I love the new Ombre Pads, now that I’m schooled on how to use them…check them out if you’re on my Stampin’ Up! site!


Confetti Banner {June’s Paper Pumpkin}

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned a time or ten how much I love Paper Pumpkin, Stampin’ Up’s subscription monthly crafting kit. If you’d like a creative escape for an hour or so each month, it’s totally worth the $20 cost. Of course, there’s a link on my Stampin’ Up! website if you’re interested…you can try it out for a single month, or choose other lengths of time. Anyhoo…June’s package contained the directions and ingredients for cards and/or a banner with confetti in each little triangle. Super cute. Banner-Heart-ChaosServedDai

I hadn’t come up with a good reason to make it yet, and then I read a fabulous blog post by my most favorite niece, who will be a senior in college next year. Entitled “Choose Love,” it’s about her efforts to make a difference by showing love.  It’s well worth the time to read it…check it out here, if you’d like (after you finish this post, or be sure to come back!). I was so impressed with her ideas, as well as her expressiveness, I thought she was in need of a care package. Okay, so actually, Princess Thundercloud was baking brownies with mini M&M’s on top for her before I read the post, but the post DID inspire me to make the package a little more special.  So I made a banner from my kit and included that.


The first step was to stamp the die cut circles and put letters on each.  I used Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe, alternating them.  The letter stickers were metallic gold. I also punched out a crafty heart from some gold sticker sheets I had on hand, because I like the slightly asymmetric heart rather than the ones that came on the sticker sheet.


Next, the instructions said to put “a pinch” of confetti in each little cellophane triangle. This nearly drove me crazy…next time I’ll use a teaspoon, so they’re evenly divided!  After the confetti was in the triangles, I put a letter-circle in each one and used the included washi tape (I know…washi tape and confetti in one project…woohoo!) to seal the open end, taking care to go all the way to, but not cover, the holes already punched.Banner-Filled-ChaosServedDaBanner-Taped-ChaosServedDai

After laying the banner out in the order I wanted, I cut a piece of gold and white baker’s twine about a foot longer than the banner pieces were. The kit came with plain white twine, but I wanted to use some gold and white that I had. It’s cuter, I think. Banner-Layout-ChaosServedDa Banner-Twine-ChaosServedDai

I threaded the pieces onto the twine, from front to back so that the twine stretched across the back of each piece, not the front.  I put a small (about 1/2″) piece of washi across the twine in the back so the pieces wouldn’t slide around, since I was planning to mail the banner.


It sounds like a lot of steps, but took less than half an hour actually…the same as Thundercloud’s brownies!  The boys made something, too…my middle kid made a card with a nice quote in it about love changing the world, and the eldest made a sign that said “If you need happiness, take one” then had tear-off strips along the bottom with “happiness” stamped on each. It was quite cool…I should have taken a photo of that…a good mom would have. We also tucked in a good book, some pretty-smelling lotion, and a few other little fun things. Banner-E-ChaosServedDaily

Oh, I almost forgot…I folded it, accordion style, and slipped it into one of the envelopes that came with the kit. I used the stamps from the kit, along with a quote from Mother Teresa from a retired stamp set, to make a pretty tag.  I then used a little more twine to attach the tag to the envelope. All in all, a fun little project!



World Card-Making Day! (and a sale!)

Yep, that’s a thing. And it’s today, October 4, 2014. And no, it’s not invented by Hallmark. Because, really, where were the profit for them be in that?  It could possibly have been invented by crafting companies, but I cannot confirm nor deny that.

Anyway, it’s a great excuse to hide from your family and do a little creative crafting…and here are a couple of cards I made in just a few minutes, with minimal supplies…seriously.


Supplies:  Work of Art stamp set; Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo, and Soft Suede markers; Whisper White notecard and envelope

I’m pretty sure I’ve pointed out before how much I love the notecards from Stampin’ Up! You get 20 cards and envelopes for$5.95 and they come in white or Crumb Cake (that’s kraft, for you non-SU! linguists). I just used the markers (another great value, if you don’t want to buy ink pads, and they make it super easy to make multicolored images) on this fun set from the 2014-15 catalog, Work of Art.  I really like the watercolor quality of the images in the set.

I used another set from the 2014-15 catalog for a similar card with even less stamping involved:


Supplies:  Fabulous Four stamp set; Soft Suede and Calypso Coral markers; Retro Fresh Washi Tape; Whisper White Notecard and Envelope

I really like this Fabulous Four stamp set…it has thanks, congrats, celebrate, and a get well stamp in it, and they’re a good size to be the main image on your card.  Again the markers make it simple to create a multicolored image, and the only cutting involved was trimming the ends of the washi tape. Yes, I finally let a little of my stash of tape go!

So there you have it…fun, handmade cards in a matter of minutes.  Stampin’ Up! is having a great stock up sale, with 15% off selected items…here’s the flyer, which includes stamps, paper, inks, and even adhesives.  If you’re interested, swing by my Stampin’ Up! site and shop to your heart’s content…you can see all the great deals in detail there! The sale only lasts until the 6th, though, so hustle on over!image


Magnetic Doodle Card

So you know I’m a sucker for the daily online crafting deal sites, right?  A few months ago, I ordered some cards with a magnetic doodle pad inside. And they sat in my craft closet. And sat. And sat. Then, over the weekend, I needed a card for my nephew’s birthday, and inspiration struck!


This took about 2 minutes to make.  The frog background comes from a Mat Stack of back-to-school designs, and the birthday speech bubbles is just a card from a set of scrapbook journaling cards from the craft store.  I love these journaling cards for card-making…just pop them on the front of a card along with a little patterned paper and maybe an embellishment like washi tape or ribbon, and you’re done!Card-Supplies-ChaosServedDa

Inside the card, I wrote a little note.  You just shake the card to erase and then draw again!

Card-Inside-ChaosServedDail has these cards pretty frequently, if you check out their daily deals.  Not that I’m endorsing them, or that they want me to…I’m just saying that’s where I found them.  I think they’re super fun for kids of all ages!


Perfectly Preserved Thanks

While this Throwback Thursday has never been posted before, I decided it still could be considered a throwback because it uses retired stamps. I love this Mason jar in the Perfectly Preserved stamp set, from Stampin’ Up! a couple of years ago. I’ve seen jar stamps from lots of other companies, though, so I’m sure you can find one, if you have a hankering!


Supplies: Perfectly Preserved and Pocket Silhouettes stamp sets; Blackberry Bliss, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Pool Party, and Hello Honey classic inks; Pool Party and Whisper White cardstock; Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack;

I really wanted to use the Blackberry Bliss ink for the jar, to match the printed paper, so it did run a bit.  But I still love the way this turned out, and the colors in it…perfect for late summer. I also love that it’s a mix of old and new…old stamps and the button, new In Colors and DSP.

And now I have to go get the written card in the mail, for a long overdue thank you to a friend!


Anniversary Photo Flipbook

Last summer, my in-laws celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and we wanted to make something fun and a little different for them. Here’s what we came up with…I think they liked it!  We certainly had a lot of fun making it!


I’m sure you know the concept…as you hold the book in your left hand and flip through with you right, it looks (at least a little) like a movie.

We started by writing each of the letters we would need on 8-1/2” x 11” cardstock, then the hooligans decorated the letters.  Then I figured out which letters each kid needed to be photographed holding, to make a pattern.  We spelled out Happy 50th Anniversary…original, I know. Then we snapped the photos.


I brightened and sharpened them a bit using Photoshop Elements, then created new images that were 5×7 white backgrounds. I put each letter photo onto the white background, against the right edge and leaving a couple of inches white on the left.


I uploaded all the photos to Costco and printed them in 5×7 format.  We used a photo of all three hooligans for the cover.


When everything was printed, I punched two holes and bound it with bakers’ twine. It really was quite cool!Flip-Page-ChaosServedDaily

We also included a 8×10 that I put all the images on, like a contact sheet, just for fun.

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These would be fun for any special occasion, or just to send a fun message to someone you love!


Fun and Easy Kid Thank You Notes

One of my favorite things about my kids growing older is that they’ve learned to write…and now they can write their own thank you notes, instead of me doing it!  Granted, Princess Thundercloud just finished kindergarten, so her writing skills are super slow.  For her birthday, I made some simple fill-in-the-blank thank yous for her to complete. They’re a little impersonal, I know, but she gets the concept of gratitude a little more when she has to put in a bit of effort to thank people!

For the front of the panel card, I made a collage from her party and printed them in 5×7 size at Costco…39 cents each, I think. I used Photoshop Elements to make the collage, but you could easily use an online service such as Walgreens, Costco, or Shutterfly. Those are just three that come to mind, not necessarily a preference. In the actual collages, the guests faces showed, not snowflakes, but I wanted to protect their privacy on the internet!


To finish the cards, I printed this fill-in-the-blank form on white cardstock, then cut them in half. I used adhesive to stick them to the back of the 5×7 collage, so that a small amount of white matted the collage. I’ve made collages before with the fill-in part in the center of the 5×7, but there are two problems with those The photos have to be really small to leave space for the writing, and it’s hard for little ones to use a Sharpie to write on photo paper, without mistakes, that is.

Anyway, just click here to download the fill-in-the-blank portion.


Princess Thundercloud felt so grownup, writing her own notes, and her little guests loved getting a photo of themselves from the party.

Speaking of her party, we did a Frozen theme (because what else would she want, as a 6-year-old girl this year?).  I found lots of great ideas on Pinterest, including her cake, which was a little like her big brother’s Campfire Cake from December.  It has hard candy “ice” shards, which are hard to see here.

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It was her first sleepover party, and it turned out to be a lot of fun…we watched Frozen, of course, with snacks of white cheeseballs (Bunnytails left from Easter), snowman noses (carrots) and arms (pretzels) with ranch dip, some lemon Muddy Buddies that were powdered sugar covered, and frozen grapes. The frozen grapes were the biggest hit of the whole smorgasbord! Oh, and we also made individual pizzas, but there’s nothing Frozen-themed in that!

I also copied some water bottle labels that I found online and wrapped those around small bottles.

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The party favors were simple…just blue rock candy sticks with a little snowflake-embellished tag tied on them. I used a snowflake shape from Photoshop Elements on a blue background, left a strip of white, and printed them.  Then I just made a tag from kraft cardstock using a tag topper punch from Stampin’ Up! and tied the tag on with some sliver and white ribbon. Easy-peasy.

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All in all, it was a fun, easy party, and the thank you notes (remember, that’s the real point of this post!) took no time at all to make. Love parties like that!


Semi-Homemade Thank You Notes

Now I love creating cards from scratch, but….sometimes I just need a bunch of notes in a jiffy.  What to do?  Use a packet of notes and a few embellishments to make them your own!


I found these adorable library card notes at Marshalls for $3.99 for a pack of ten, including envelopes. What a deal! The stickers are from K and Co. and I bought them at Target, but you can find similar ones at any craft store. I liked the 3-D effect of these, and loved the colors with the kraft and white cards.


I spent less than five minutes making these…taking the photos for this post took longer than the actual crafting did. So there’s a quick idea for a Friday…I hope you can grab a few minutes to get your craft on this weekend, too!


Happy Watercolor Cards

Last week, I received my Sneak Peek order from Stampin’ Up!, with all the new In Colors for 2014-16 in cardstock, inks, markers, and ribbons.  I can’t blatantly show them to you until the catalog is officially live on June 1, but I can show you the things I’ve made from them!

But first, a reminder that the 2013-14 catalog is only good until May 31, so if there’s anything you’re longing to have, order before then. Also, most things in the the Occasions catalog will be disappearing then, including the fabulous Watercolor Wonders product suite.  So, once I pored over by new catalog (it came in the Sneak Peek order) and realized that Happy Watercolors stamp set, the Watercolor Wonder Note Cards, and the Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape were not in the new catalog, I panicked a little.

I mean, I have these products because I loved them and ordered them a couple of months ago. But I didn’t tell y’all how easily you can make beautiful, watercolor-look cards!  And now you only have a couple of weeks to order them!  So, look, at the various ways you can use them…


Supplies:  Happy Watercolor stamp set; Watercolor Wonder Note Cards; Watercolor Wonder DSP; Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Gumball Green markers; gold ink; Gold Embossing Powder; small heart punch, Twine; Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape; Large pearl

The smaller cards are made by cutting a notecard in half.  I also cut an envelope in half and used the washi tape to seal the cut side. They’re for enclosures, not to mail, of course, but how fun is that?

To make the flower on the zigzag card, I punched a bunch of 1” circles from the DSP and cut a slit to the center of each.  Then I used a glue dot to overlap the edges, making slight cups.  I just layered and staggered those to make the flower, then added some twine and a large pearl in the center.

For the green card, I used gold embossing powder on the dots and sentiment.  It looks amazing in person. Then I used a Stampin’ Dimensional to pop out the heart, which I punched from a scrap of paper from the flower for the other card.

The poppy card is made from one notecard.  I just stamped the poppy with Staz On black ink, then used an Aquapainter to watercolor it with Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler, and Daffodil Delight. I stamped the “Thank You” in the black Staz On and added a twine bow with a glue dot.


And then…I played around with the inks from the new In Colors.  These are called Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, and Blackberry Bliss.  I am loving them!  H2O-New-ChaosServedDaily

I again used the Happy Watercolor stamp set, embossing the orchid spray and sentiment stamps with gold. I added a Lost Lagoon ribbon and used my Decorative Label punch for the sentiment, and was done in nothing flat.

If you’re interested in the Watercolor Suite, here are the details:

  • Happy Watercolor Stamp Set, Wood 133188 $29.95; Clear 133191 $21.95
  • Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape, 3 rolls, 5 yds each  133000 $4.95
  • Watercolor Wonder Note Cards and Envelopes, 20 cards, 133362 $12.95
  • Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper, 12 double-sided sheets, 12×12 132994 $10.95

And don’t forget, there are lots of retiring stamp sets and accessories, so be sure you check them out on my website…as of May 31, they’re gone, gone, gone!


Picket Fence and Flowers Card

Recently, a fabulous woman (who I’ve been lucky enough to call a friend for about fifteen years now) decided the time had come to step away from some of the approximately 1,452 places that she volunteers the majority of her time. I was honored that the ladies in my Bible study group asked me to create a thank you card for her.  And I was thrilled with how it turned out, despite my performance anxiety!

Poppy-Card-ChaosServedDailyAll Stampin Up! Supplies: Woodgrain and Pleasant Poppies background stamps, Inspired by Nature stamp set (retired); Watercolor paper; Crisp Cantaloupe and Bermuda Bay cardstock; Bermuda Bay,Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight; and Cherry Cobbler inks; StazOn Black ink; Victoria Crochet Trim; Labels Collection Framelits and Big Shot; Aqua Painter; Scallop Edge Border  and Corner Rounder Punches; Wood Thank You from a Paper Pumpkin project

I know…I used a ton of products in this, but it was so much fun! And now all those purchases are totally justified, since I needed them for this one card.

My Aqua Painter made it simple to  blend Cherry Cobbler, Tangerine Tango, and Calypso Coral for the poppies, with Daffodil Delight in the centers. The Mother Teresa quote, “Good works are links that build a chain of love” is from the retired Inspired by Nature set, but it was just too perfect for my Catholic group, and my friend who embodies the spirit of giving her time.

This Woodgrain background get used frequently, and it made a perfect picket fence for this card.  The card, by the way, is an 8-1/2” x 11” piece of cardstock folded in half, to leave room for individual notes inside.

While this is a perfect card for the occasion, I think it would be equally beautiful for Mother’s Day, a friend’s birthday, or as a “thinking of you” not by changing the sentiment.

I hope she loved it as much as I loved creating it for her!