Card Re-Do’s

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Hello, hello everyone! I decided to do something different this week and remake some of my old cards that needed a little pick-me-up. I chose 2 designs I made in the past and remade them but kept their general ideas.

First up, this XOXO card had a cool slant and gorgeous patterned papers, but I always felt it needed something else. Here is the card: >>

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Don’t even get me started on the photos. 😉 Anyway… it felt a little off balance so I tried to even the weight out a little in the card I made this time around. Here it is: >>

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I kept the slant but evened it out by adding a larger sentiment and a ribbon. It was very simple to put together too. I adhered my patterned papers in the corner and trimmed the edges. I stamped my sentiment and tied my ribbon, and then finished it off with some gems! >>

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The next card I have for you was one of the first cards I ever made. I still like the idea of die cutting a shape and layering the patterned papers. And I love pop up sentiments! So here is the old card: >>

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I forgot how much I loved that “love you to the stars and back” paper!! For the new card, I decided to keep in with the die cut shape and layering, but kept it clean. Then I, of course, added in my pop-up sentiment but kept the overall look very simple. >>

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As you can see, they ended up being radically different!! I made this by first die cutting my leaves out of the white cardstock and layering them on top of my patterned paper. I attached it to the card base and then used a rub-on sentiment (LOVE THESE) on another piece of white cardstock which I attached to my card with dimensional adhesive. Talk about easy, right? >>

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Well, thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what Studio Calico has in store for October! Have a great week! 🙂

Steph

Supplies used for new cards…

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When Inspiration Strikes

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Hello again! I have a couple of cards to share with you today that I made based on specific inspiration pieces. The first inspiration piece was from the blog Overnight Waffles. >>

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I loved how she combined the bold stripes with the floral. So fun! Here is my take on her card… >>

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I stamped and cut out the ice cream and cherry first, then stamped the cone on white cardstock. I stamped my sentiment next to the cone and attached the ice cream and cherry with dimensional adhesive. I attached the polka dot paper to the sides of my card base and then used dimensional adhesive again to place my sentiment cardstock on top. I finished the card off with matching enamel dots to embellish a bit. >>

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The second inspiration piece I have comes from elizabethmcarney.com. This is one of her scrapbook layouts that I fell in love with instantly. >>

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I really liked how the focus sort of drifted up the page. Here is my take on a card based on her layout… >>

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I stamped the lace on the top and bottom of the card base in white and then arranged some die cut hearts in different sizes from the bottom right to the top left of the card. I lifted edges of a few of the hearts to float off of the page a bit. As a sentiment, I used a rub-on gold “hi” heart sentiment from Studio Calico’s Double Scoop card kit (love these rub-on’s!) and cut it out. That’s pretty much it! >>

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I hope you liked today’s cards. Be sure to check out the inspiration pieces and their respective blogs. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Steph

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INKED Card Class

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Hi and welcome! I’m back from an extended family vacation in Maine and although I’m already missing that beautiful state, I’m happy to be back. 🙂

I have 3 cards for you today using July’s Valley High Card Kit from Studio Calico as well as some stamps from the INKED class kit. So let’s get started!

First up is a stamped thank you card using an ombre technique. >>

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Other than stamps & ink, the only material I used on this card was one small piece of textured cardstock! So simple! The ombre stamping was a technique learned in the INKED class from Studio Calico and it has so many possibilities!! I’ll post more on this technique soon. Here is a close up >>

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The next card I have for you is a Congratulations card for new parent’s-to-be! This one was very fun to put together. >>

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I started by stamping the background with the flowers and then embellished them with a dot of Glossy Accents in the center of each. I embossed the little frame on white cardstock and stamped “The Adventure Begins” underneath. I finished it off with a diaper that I die cut with my Silhouette. I attached the cardstock to the stamped card base with 3D dots and I was done! >>

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And finally my “love love love love… YOU” card. The ribbon we have been getting in our kits is wonderful!! I am in love with all the different colors and they make such pretty bows! >>

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For this card, I started by stamping “YOU” where I wanted it and then I lightly stamped the word “love” over and over in a line and then again upside down. I tied my bow vertically and attached a piece of accent paper at the bottom of the card. I finished it off with a few gems. >>

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Well that’s it for today! I’m glad to be back! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what Studio Calico has in store for the holidays!

Steph

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Embossed Triangles

Today I used the embossing technique to make raised outlines on some triangles for a birthday card. For those of you who aren’t too familiar with the embossing technique, you can find a very helpful how-to video here.

My first step was to pick out which papers I wanted to use. Once they were picked out, I embossed white triangles on each of the papers and cut them out once dry.

I laid out my triangles where I wanted them and used them as a guide for where I wanted my sentiment. I stamped “Happy Birthday” and then adhered each triangle in place. I finished it off with some enamel dots and that’s it!

Embossing is such a fun technique and it adds so much to your cards! What are some of your favorite types of stamps or patterns to emboss??

Steph

Learning New Techniques

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Last week Studio Calico started an amazing stamping class, properly titled, “Inked.” It is the first class I have joined with Studio Calico and with one week down, I am already learning a TON. We have gone through 5 different stamping techniques, and I can’t even imagine how much more there will be during the next 3 weeks. If you are interested in checking out Studio Calico’s awesome classes, you can check them out here.

I have 2 cards to share with you today, the first is using up some papers left from June’s Roundabout card kit. I put this card together as a travel related thank you. This is one of the most simple cards I have put together. It is just appropriately cut papers adhered to a card base. I added the “thank you” banner sticker and a sequin and finished it off with some blue twine. And that’s it! Here it is: >>

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The other card I have for you is one I put together using some of the techniques taught in the Inked class. I used Glossy Accents for the first time and made two stamps into embellishments (see the hello stamp and the top frame). >>

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I LOVE learning new techniques for crafting and card making… what are some of your favorite techniques??

Studio Calico is having a limited time “sale” where you are gifted with 1000 Calico points (to be used towards add-ons) if you sign up for a subscription! Check it out and have fun getting crafty!

Steph