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.

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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!


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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.

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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:

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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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Thumbprint Cards for Easter

It’s Spring Break week here in the Land O’Chaos, so I’m going to be posting some of my favorite Easter entries from the past (with a new post or two thrown in, of course!). We made these cute thumbprint cards last year and I still love the bright colors of the paper and the fact that the thumbprint part was pure hooligans, not me.Bunny-Card

To make these, you’ll need some simple supplies:

  • Ink pad(s)…we used Daffodil Delight and Sahara Sand
  • Fine-tip markers for adding details
  • White cardstock
  • Printed scrapbook paper…I love the colors in Stampin’ Up’s International Bazaar DSP
  • Border punches…optional, but they add a bit of pizzazz!

For both cards, I cut white cardstock into 4-1/4” x 2” strips.  For the thumb-bunny cards, the kids pressed a print from their thumb for the face, then the sides of their pinkies for the ears.  I then bit my tongue and sat on my hands and allowed the eldest to add pink to the ears and nose, blue eyes, and black whiskers and mouth. Oh, and a bowtie to finish them. I drew the tie.

I cut a large egg shape from cardstock, leaving one side as a folded edge. We used that as a template to cut the card bases from 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” pieces, folded in half. We also traced the template onto the DSP and cut those, using them to completely cover the front of the card base. After punching along either side of the thumbprint piece, we punched two other borders from Rich Razzleberry and layered all that onto the DSP.

Inside I wrote “Thumb-bunnies love you!  Have a blessed Easter!”

Duck-CardWe followed all the same steps for the ducks, which were easier prints for the kids to make. Inside those cards I wrote. “Hope your Easter is happy, happy, happy!”

The kids thought these were fun to make, although they would have preferred getting as many of my stamps dirty in as many different color inks as possible, but this was something everyone could help with and still have a card that people won’t mind displaying in their homes. Hopefully.

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Stampin’ Up Fun

So, finally, after almost three years, I had a little Stampin’ Up! get-together.  Why did I wait so long?  We had such a good time, and I had forgotten how much I loved creating projects, catching up with friends, and sharing my love of stamping!

We made three cute (IMHO) projects…two cards and a gift bag.  Take a look!

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Supplies:  Hello, Lovely and Hardwood Stamp Sets; Soft Sky and Whisper White Cardstock, Island Indigo Marker; Watercolor Wonder DSP, Island Indigo Twine; Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon

I am loving the look of the Hardwood background stamp, using a dark shade of the cardstock color.  I’ve seen a ton a cards made with this, and every one is gorgeous.

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Supplies:  Gorgeous Grunge, See Ya Later, and Banner Blast Stamp Sets; White Notecards; Whisper White and Summer Starfruit Cardstock; Coastal Cabana and Rich Razzleberry Markers; Banner Punch

I wanted to use a couple of my favorite Sale-a-Bration products in this card, so the See Ya Later and Banner Blast stamp sets, along with the Banner Punch, helped me whip this up in no time.

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Supplies:  Another Thank You (photopolymer) Stamp Set; Whisper White and Tangerine Tango Cardstock; Epic Day DSP; Pearls; Decorative Label and Bitty Butterfly Punches; Mini Clothespin; Tag a Bag; Linen Thread; Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon

I also wanted my friends to try stamping with the photopolymer stamps…I’m a little addicted, I have to admit.  They cling to the block so well (I occasionally have trouble with the rubber “clear stamps” letting go just as I stamp something). The image is not quite as crisp, it seems to me, but it’s probably not noticeable to anyone but me!

So there’s what we made…along with lots of laughter, conversation, and creativity.  Just a reminder that Sale-a-Bration ends March 31, so if you want to stock up on paper, stamps, or supplies, you’ll get FREE stamps or other supplies (like that nifty Banner Punch) with every $50 you order!  Check out the great selection of Sale-a-Bration products at my Stampin’ Up! website anytime…but make it quick!

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Sale-a-Bration Time…Wahoo!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…in the Stampin’ Up! world, anyway.  Sale-a-Bration runs from January 28 (today!) through March 31 this year, and there is no better time to stock up on stamping and papercrafting supplies…and earn FREE stamps and products!

I recently spent a fun, creative afternoon making all the cards from the Everyday Occasions set (neither the Broncos or Seahawks were playing that day!).  The Everyday Occasions set includes everything you need to make 20 cards, except adhesive and scissors. Stamps, cards, stickers (even some glittery silver ones!), ink, envelopes, and embellishments are all tucked inside a cute kraft box.  It’s Item 134797 and is $29.95, so it gets you well on your way to a $50 order for free Sale-a-Bration products.  You could always stock up on cardstock, Designer Series Paper, or inks to make up the rest. Or a pair of paper snips and some adhesive.

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I love the Everyday Occasions set because it has photos of every card, so you can make the cards the lucky designers at Stampin’ Up! get paid to create, yet swap out whatever sentiment stamps you might want. It’s no-brainer stamping at it’s best, and sometimes that’s just what I need!  But you know me…I just had to incorporate a couple of Sale-a-Bration stamps in with the cards I was making.  See, how cute they are?SAB-Mod-ChaosServedDaily

This See Ya Later stamp set from the Sale-a-Bration catalog is a new favorite of mine.

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You can see the whole Sale-a-Bration brochure at my Stampin’ Up! website, but here’s some highlights, just to get you motivated. These are a few ideas from the Sale-a-Bration brochure of ways to put together a $50 order that is perfect for your crafting needs…whether you want to make a ton of cards in a little time, amaze your friends with your creative gift packaging, or find fun ways to document your memories as they happen, there’s something for everyone here! Did I mention the digital crafting available?  Or the bundles that can help your party come together in no time?  Can you tell I’m excited?

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Don’t forget, in addition to the huge Annual Catalog, all the goodies in the Occasions Catalog are available until June 1, 2014. As you can see below, there’s just a few things I need!

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And then there’s the ever-growing collection of photopolymer stamps to choose from, as well as a multitude of digital products online…and I just discovered last week that you can download files that work on any ecutter, such as a Silhouette. Oh, my.

You’ll earn FREE Sale-a-Brations products for EVERY $50 you spend (before tax and s/h), so pour yourself another cup of coffee and come over and shop!  One last thing, if you’re interested in being a demonstrator, it’s the best time of the year for that, as well. Instead of the normal price of $125 (which is already a heck of a good deal) for the starter kit, you’ll pay only $99.  It’s an fun and easy way to get a 20 percent discount on everything you buy!

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Simple Digital Personalization: Cards and Planners

Since starting back to school full-time a couple of weeks ago, I’ve not had a lot of time for creative projects, but I did schedule in a bit of time over the holidays for a couple of fun projects that I’m certain you could easily duplicate (with your own photos, of course, because your relatives would be saying, “Now who are these wild looking children?” if you used mine).

First, we needed thank you notes, of course, for Christmas, and I always like to use photos for cards I’m sending relatives, since we live so far from any of them. Which is probably why they’re so generous with my kids…the hooligans seem so pleasant in photos, you just want to give them gifts!

I used a photo from a trip to the Space Needle a couple of weeks before Christmas. It was the day before my eldest son’s birthday, and we thought it would be fun to experience a little Christmas in the city. We had a great time exploring the Seattle Center, riding the Monorail to Westlake Plaza, and generally absorbing the sights and sounds.

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In Photoshop Elements, I chose a vintage effect, then an inked edge.  I used a fun font, Return to Sender, for the “Thank You!”. I printed these at home on white cardstock, because I wanted to get them in the mail before school started, but I could have ordered them online or from Costco for less than $10 for a set of 8, had I allowed time for delivery. Maybe next year.

You could also use an online photo-editing program if you don’t have Photoshop. I love PicMonkey, but there are loads of others. They’re free to use and a lot of fun, if you haven’t tried them. Then you just save your creation to your computer and print however you’d like.

The other project I made was a planner for myself. Costco offers inexpensive planners that have the format I like…the whole month at the beginning of each set of weekly ones. The weekly ones have times listed, which I use heavily to schedule in schoolwork around the family schedule. I know I could buy a planner for half price now that 2014 is well underway, but I wanted a cover that held significance for me.

For the last two years, I’ve made a “manifesto” of goals/resolutions for the new year. I use a basic format from the first year, then add and delete to fit the current year. I printed it to fit the 11×17 frame that hangs over my desk, but then I wanted it on my planner, as well.

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Happily, at Costco Photo online, I could choose a planner with the entire cover as one photo. I simply uploaded the jpeg file and put it on the front of the planner. Inside is a space for a dedication, so I placed a photo of our family there.

I’m really happy with both of these projects, and I’m hoping that someday soon I am organized enough to juggle my class load, shuttling the kids around, and managing the house so that I can actually spend time being creative! I think I can, I think I can…..

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Delightful December (Baker’s) Dozen

Here it is, practically Christmas, and I still have lots of projects I wanted to show again this year.  They’re favorites from the past (along with a few you might have missed this year), but still perfect for this season, too.  I hope you find a little inspiration!Christmas Collage

Pieced Christmas Tree Card

Simply Christmas Nativity Ornament

Ornament Stamped Coasters

Jingly Joy Glass Block

Sugared Cranberries

Wreathed in Peace Card

Nativity Pallet Art

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Orange-Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

Marshmallow World Free Printable

Russian Tea Mix (with Printable Labels)

Year of Memories Ornament

Merry Munch Snack Mix

String of Lights Card

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Ornament Keepsakes Card

I know, I know…it’s only November and here I am, posting a Christmas card. But, in my defense, I just want to give you time to order the supplies just in case this is your perfect Christmas card!  I’m considerate that way, you know.

This Ornament Keepsakes card combines a classic, elegant ornament with a bit of rustic woodgrain, in a muted traditional red, green, and white palette, using Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, and Very Vanilla. Ornament-Card-ChaosServedDa

Supplies:  Ornament Keepsakes (128051) and More Merry Messages (126402) Stamp Sets; Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler Classic Inks; Very Vanilla and Always Artichoke Cardstock; Pearl Basic Jewels; Woodgrain Embossing Folder; Holiday Ornament Framelits (127816); Big Shot Die Cut Machine; Corner Rounder Punch

Now, isn’t that pretty?  I love the texture of the Woodgrain folder and the line of pearls. This was a simple, fun card to create.  I used the Ornament Framelits with my Big SHot to die cut the stamped ornament image, but you could just cut it out with scissors, if you have more patience than I do. When made with the Big Shot, I can see making 25 or even 50 of these, but if I were cutting each ornament by hand, I’d likely make no more than 5 of these!

I included the item numbers for the stamps and the framelits in the supply list, because they’re still available but not pictured in the catalog. Again, I’m making it easy for you!

Speaking of making it easy, I have an entire month of gift ideas, cards, and easy meals to simplify your holiday season (because, believe it or not, the holidays are approaching at warp speed!)…I hope you’ll stop by to say hi and check out all the fabulous projects I’ve planned!

Oh, and if you’re looking for a simple, rustic serving piece for your Thanksgiving table, stop by Live Creatively Inspired to see what I’m sharing there today…it’s so cool, I can’t wait for you to see it!

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