This Calls For Cake & Candles

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Happy 2014!! I hope everyone’s start to the new year has been a great one! I am starting the year off fresh by thinking about birthdays, so today I have a few birthday cards for you mainly using one stamp set from Studio Calico’s card kit. Let’s get to it! >>

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For this card I started off by stamping the candles on white cardstock and using gold glitter to accent the flames. I topped the whole of the candles off with glossy accents and set them aside to dry. Next, I trimmed a piece of lavender cardstock and stamped the sentiment in the upper right corner. I added the strip of gold striped washi tape and used dimensional adhesive to adhere the whole strip to the card base. I placed a short strip of gold glitter tape underneath and attached my candles to the left side of my lavender cardstock strip at the very end. For the inside of the card I used another sentiment from the same stamp set in black.

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I had a CRAZY difficult time photographing the color of the sentiment on this card so please forgive me. To make this one I started off by stamping a pattern on the bottom of a kraft cardstock base and then rounding the bottom corners. I adhered one of these lovely pink flowers centered in the stamped pattern. I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and adhered it with dimensional adhesive and finished the card off with some of these fun white stars. For the inside of the card I stamped candles in color and the sentiment on top in smokey grey.

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For the last card I started off by making a stamped candle border around the outside edges and adhering a piece of white cardstock on top. I stamped a separate set of candles to another piece of white cardstock, cut them out and adhered them to the card. I stamped the sentiment, trimmed, and adhered it on top of the candles. For the inside of the card I used two sentiments put together from a separate stamp set.

And that’s it for today! Be sure to check out Studio Calico’s latest kit and I’ll see you next time. 🙂

Stephanie

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Warmest Wishes All Year Round

Happy New Year everyone!!

I have a fun winter card for you today using Studio Calico’s digital die cuts and fun glitter cardstock from Die Cuts With A View. Let’s get to it! >>

For this card I started out by die cutting the snowflakes out of glitter cardstock on my Silhouette in different sizes. I adhered them to a trimmed piece of white cardstock and added a couple gems in the middle for added sparkle. I stamped the sentiment with smokey gray ink in the bottom left corner and adhered the cardstock to the card base with 3D adhesives. I kept this card nice and simple with a lot of white for a winter wonderland feel. >>

For the inside of the card I used a special Christmas sentiment that I also stamped in smokey gray.

Well that’s it for today! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a safe New Year’s Eve!

Happy Holidays!

Steph

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Pretty Packaging

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Hi and welcome!! Today I have a few very easy and simple gift wrapping ideas for you. All I used was kraft wrapping paper, paper doilies, natural twine, and gift tags made out of pattern paper and cardstock. Here are the photos:

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I mixed and matched cutout tags (tip: save the negatives and adhere them to tags as well for even more variety). Alternate between tying the twine into bows and knots, using one string or multiple wraps of string as well. And don’t be afraid to use your stamps! I stamped the “j” above but you can use any stamp! You could even make a pattern all over your kraft wrapping paper on smaller gifts to get even more out of your gift wrap. Another fun fact about these ideas? They can easily be stacked without damaging ribbons! Take a peek:

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These ideas are just the beginning. You can do almost anything with your kraft wrapping paper and it looks so festive! The best part? These ideas are SIMPLE, easy, and super cheap! Give it a try this holiday season if you have any gifts left to wrap (like me!).

Have a Merry Christmas and I will be back on the 31st! 🙂

Happy Wrapping!

Stephanie

***Cut designs from the Blue Note kit from Studio Calico.

Operation Write Home

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I have 3 special cards for you, because they are all set to be shipped off to Operation Write Home! For those of you who don’t know this organization, they support our armed forces by collecting handmade cards and shipping them to our troops to write letters home on. It was initially started up in 2007 but has grown immensely and thousands of cardmakers now share their cards with OWH. Isn’t that such a wonderful idea??

So today I whipped out multiple past Studio Calico card kit stamp sets to make 3 cards that will follow the OWH guidelines and once properly “tucked” in an envelope, will be ready to ship! Here is number one >>

As part of the OWH guidelines, you can’t use foam dots and you want your cards to be pretty flat because they try to package as many as they can into each box that gets shipped off. So for each of my cards, I tried to make them as “one layer” as I could.

For this card, I stamped the heart background using Hero Arts Red Royal ink and the heart stamp from their November card kit, Cuppa, to create a pattern. Then I stamped the sentiment stamp (from Studio Calico) on a separate piece of kraft cardstock, cut it out and adhered it to the card. Here is the next one >>

Now this is a true one layer card and it’s as simple as it gets! This card is a kraft card base, with a stamped floral design in three spots, in three different inks, and 2 sentiment stamps in one other ink. And… done. 😉 This card is completely flat and very simple. So shipping will be as easy as can be! Here is my final card >>

For this last card, I used the same heart and sentiment stamp as my first card, and the same floral design stamp as my middle card! For this card I started by stamping the floral design in Versafine Smokey Gray ink onto my kraft card base. Next, I trimmed and adhered 2 strips of pattern paper (both from the Cuppa SC card kit). I stamped my sentiment on a separate piece of kraft cardstock, cut it out and adhered it to the card. I finished my card off with a stamped and cut out heart adhered next to my sentiment. That’s it!

I had so much fun creating cards for OWH and I hope you will join in and make some yourself! Make sure to check out the deadlines and guidelines from their web site first because there are strict “no-no’s” that won’t be admitted (like NO glitter!).

Thanks for stopping by and I will see you next week! 🙂

Stephanie

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Thank You

Hello again! You will have to forgive me, but I am still battling small illnesses and my craft time has been effected! I tried my best to get in there and make at least one this week so here it is!

I made this thank you card mainly using the November Studio Calico card kit, Cuppa. I trimmed and adhered a strip of pattern paper to the lower part of my kraft card base and then attached a piece of Studio Calico gold glitter tape above it (how amazing is this glitter tape?!?!). I then stamped the sentiment in worn jeans and the hearts in vintage pink on a trimmed piece of white cardstock. I attached the cardstock on top of my gold tape and paper strip with dimensional adhesive and finished the card off with an adorable gold bow from Studio Calico! Here is a close up:

Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy crafting 🙂

Stephanie

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