Simple But Sweet Kitty Card

Feeling Grateful

Happy day-before-thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is all about gratitude, which in my opinion, can sometimes be understated throughout the rest of the year.

Last week I took a walk on a gorgeous fall day at a nearby walk. I live near Washington, D.C., which as you can imagine, is a very political town. Despite the recent politics going on, there was a beautiful chalk drawing near a bench. In flowing script it said “Gratitude.” The chalked word faced the bench so as someone was sitting, it would encourage the passerby to dwell on what he or she was grateful for.

This chalked trail changed my day. During a week when our political town was in upheaval, a simple sentiment reminded me that there’s so much in our lives to be grateful for. Once we focus on gratitude, other challenges in our lives seem surmountable.

My wish for you, dear reader, is that you keep Thanksgiving in your heart every day this year.

I am grateful for you reading this blog post and for our glorious hobby of stamping, which has brightened many of my days. XOXO

Kitty Card

Today’s card isn’t profound, and it doesn’t even have word “Thankful” on it. For today, I have a whimsical clean card. Because sometimes stamping cute cats is what we need. LOL.

Cute Cat Card made with the Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!

My card today follows the Paper Craft Crew sketch #220 (PCCC#220). As soon as I saw this sketch, I thought of putting a cute animal in the little squares, almost as if they were in a window, peeking out.

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The challenge on this card was figuring out how to position the sweet little kitty so it would look cute and not like it was upside down, floating in space. LOL. I stamped a bunch (it’s only paper) till I came up with three that made me smile. (That’s always how you know you’re spot on. When you smile during your crafting, you’re good. J)

For the colors, I used Watermelon Wonder and Sahara Sand. I love Sahara Sand. Most crafters prefer Crumb Cake but not me! Sahara Sand is an unsung hero. It is more subtle and light than Crumb Cake and I think it’s a better neutral for some cards.

Cute Cat Card made with the Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!

If you observe the Thanksgiving holiday, I wish you and your family a wonderful and meaningful day.  Thank YOU for stopping by my blog.

With Love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Foxy Friends
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink: Sahara Sand, Basic Black

 

Whimsical Snowflake Card

There are two types of stampers in me. There’s the stamper that creates clean and elegant cards. Then there’s the stamper who creates whimsical cards. The card I’m showing you today is the latter kind, which always makes me smile.

When I set out to make this card, I decided to sit back and relax and let the creativity take me where it wanted to go. (Isn’t that a fun way to stamp?) I didn’t have any colors or layouts in mind. I love how the card turned out and I had a BALL making it.

Handmade Christmas Card using the Flurry of Wishes of stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I started with one of my favorite colors, Watermelon Wonder, and my current favorite stamp set, Flurry of Wishes. I kept my color scheme simple, using a light brown Crumb Cake, which looks so nice with the redish-pink Watermelon Wonder. This may be my new favorite color combo.

There is one thing that will make this card even better – the new stitched framelits. I just ordered mine and don’t have them yet. A little stitching around the sentiment would have added the perfect touch for this card. I can’t wait till they arrive. If you’d like to order them, unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a bit since the demand was so overwhelming, that they are temporarily on backorder now. I know I’ll be using them for just about every card I create…..

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Since I was in a whimsical mood when creating this card, I layered some pretty embellishments behind the sentiment. Gold doily, white a doily, linen thread, coordinating ribbon. So much fun to put so many different layers in a card.

Handmade Christmas Card using the Flurry of Wishes of stamp set by Stampin' Up!

For a finishing touch, I splattered Early Espresso ink on the card. I did this by inking up my aqua painter and tapping it over the card.

I hope you give whimsical stamping a try! It’s fun to create a card in this style and I think they look so pretty. I need to do this more!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Flurry of Wishes
Ink: Early Espresso, Watermelon Wonder, Crumb Cake
Paper: Whisper White
Other: Metallic Doilies, Delicate White Doilies, Watermelon Wonder ribbon, Linen Thread

Cookie Cutter Reindeer

As the weather gets colder and life gets busier, stampers look for great cards that are easy to make, yet look spectacular. The card I’m sharing with you today fits the bill. I’m so excited how cute it looks, but with the tools we have available to us (ie. the cookie cutter punch), it’s easy peasy to make this card.

Christmas Card using the Cookie Cutter Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Paper Craft Crew Sketch

This card was inspired by the Paper Craft Crew Sketch #219 (PCCC#219). This sketch is one that you should Pin to Pinterest and keep for inspiration. It is a basic sketch, but with a few added elements that encourage layering, it takes your card to the next level, giving it a polished, finished look. I love the Paper Craft Crew sketches. You can play along and post a card to their website till next Tuesday! Would love to see your interpretation of this card.

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Watercoloring the Reindeer

Working with this fun sketch, I first started with the Reindeer image from Cookie Cutter Christmas. I used Archival Black Ink on Shimmery White paper (my favorite paper for watercoloring). For ink, I used Soft Suede, Early Espresso, and a bit of Real Red for the nose. Cherry Cobbler is also a great color for the nose. Using the punch, it was easy to cut out the picture.

Christmas Card using the Cookie Cutter Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Layers Make a Card

There is a lot of interest in this card because of the layers. Layers in card add so much. They can take a card from “hum drum” to incredible. I think of a layer as anything under a main image. It can be a stamped image, ribbon, paper, buttons, anything that adds depth to a card.

I think that what makes this card interesting are the layers. It starts with the random speckles of dots. Next are the traditional layers in the scallop and round cutouts. But wait! Behind the circles is a little piece of a lacy doily, which is another layer.

Do you see the subtle layer of red metallic thread? Yes, that counts, too. Finally, the reindeer image lays on top. I could have added more layers with sentiments and buttons, but for this card I also like the more simple effect of stopping after the main image.

Playing with layers is so much fun and if you don’t do it already, I encourage you to give it a try. It adds so much interest to card, but more importantly, it’s fun. I love comparing my original card to one that I embellish with layers. The difference is always remarkable. And it’s such fun to just keep throwing things down and seeing the effect on your card!

Happy layering,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Cookie Cutter Christmas, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Real Red
Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Shimmer White
Other: Red Metallic Thread, Metallic Sequins, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Doily, Circles Framelits, AquaPainter, Cookie Cutter Punch

Adorable Skunk using Foxy Friends

When the annual catalog first came out, I had a hard time deciding on my favorite stamp set. After using Foxy Friends for the first time, it totally won my heart. It has the cutest little critters on it. I enjoyed making foxes, squirrels, and even a cat!

Then after a bit, I realized that even though the stamp set was intended for a few animals, with a little creativity, you could make dozens of animals with it.

Shaker card featuring adorable skunk made with the Foxy Friends stamp set and Fox builder punch by Stampin' Up!

My favorite outside-of-the box idea to do with this stamp set is to make little skunks. What is it about the skunk that’s so darn cute? I don’t know what is, but I suspect it’s the pop of pink in the hair. Pink paired with neutrals always stands out and looks spectacular, doesn’t it?

How to make the stinkin’ cute skunk

To make the skunk, you’ll need black, white, gray, and pink scraps. Using the Fox Builder punch:

  • Punch out all images in black and white.
  • Punch out a second white tail (you’ll need two)
  • Punch out the nose in gray.
  • Punch out the flower. The flower uses the Tree Builder punch. Choose whatever shade of pink you’ll be using for your card (I used Flirty Flamingo).

Shaker card featuring adorable skunk made with the Foxy Friends stamp set and Foxy builder punch by Stampin' Up!

Once you’re done punching out, you’ll need to do a little slimming of the white strip in the tail.

You can do this by either 1) trimming the white tail with scissors (keeping its shape, just making it smaller), or 2) putting the white tail on the sticky part of a post it, reinserting it into the punch, and punching out a bit off the tail. Choose whatever method is easier for you!

  • Adhere center white to tail
  • Cut the second white tail in half. Adhere to center of body
  • Adhere white upside down “v” shape to face. Stamp eyes. Adhere nose.
  • Using a dimensional, adhere the face to the body
  • Adhere the tail to the back
  • Adhere a little black three-pronged piece to the back (so it looks a little fuzzy fur)
  • Finally, add your finishing touches! Attach flower and a white three-pronged piece to the forehead. Put rhinestone in center of the flower.

It does take a little bit of work, but it’s so worth it! And after you’ve done it once and see how it goes together, it’ll be much faster and easier to make again.

Paper Craft Crew Challenge

This card was inspired by the Paper Craft Crew challenge, which starts today. Click PCCC#218 to play along!

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Today’s challenge is a bingo card! My card matches the diagonal, Metallic Thread (under the skunk), Shaker Card, and Animal. Don’t you love challenges? They can get you stamping spectacular cards since they make you think differently then you usually do. The “Animal” part of the bingo card inspired my card, because it made me realize that I hadn’t used Foxy Friends in a while.

Shaker card featuring adorable skunk made with the Foxy Friends stamp set and Fox builder punch by Stampin' Up!

Once I chose the animal, the rest of the card came together quickly. I used Flirty Flamingo as my accent color and the matching Foxy Friends paper for the front of my card. Such a cool color combination!

The sequins in the shaker are from the frosted metallic sequins in the holiday catalog. Although it comes in three colors, I only included pink and silver sequins to match the card.

The sentiment is from the Love and Affection stamp set. That stamp set has the BEST sentiments, doesn’t it?

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Love, Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Foxy Friends, Love and Affection
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Flirty Flamingo, Foxy Friends designer series paper
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Foxy Punch, Tree Builder Punch, Metallic Thread, Rhinestones, Frost sequins, circles framelits, adhesive strip

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Happy Swirly Flowers Card

Are you ever too tired to stamp? I feel that way sometimes. When I was making this card, I was feeling grumpy and tired. I knew that if I sat down to make a card, it would cheer me up and give me energy, but I really wasn’t feeling it. Out of that stamping session came this lovely cheerful card! I used the Swirly Bird stamp set since it’s so uplifting, isn’t it?

Handmade card made using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

And guess what?! When I was done, I was full of energy and was feeling very cheerful.

That, my friend, is why it is so important to make time for the things we love. Too many times we think “I’m too tired.” And then our hobbies languish for weeks, months, sometimes even years or decades. But if we compel ourselves to do our hobby, even just a little bitty bit, it can give us so much happiness in our lives. And energy. I know you may not believe me, but it’s true. When you’re happy and feeling creative and joy, it really does give you energy. If you don’t believe me, I dare you to try it and see what happens.

Making a Cheerful Card

For this card, I decided to use colors I loved. I used pinks, yellows, and corals. I added pops of green and blue. Every color that I chose was one that makes me smile and the result is a bright, beautiful cheerful card. You would never guess looking at it that I wasn’t feeling joy when I started creating, because I sure was cheerful when it was done.

There is no shame in making a card that uses your favorite colors. Especially when you need a pick-me up!

Handmade card made using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Card Details

For a fun look, I only stamped one side of the card, going at a diagonal. I love the effect!!!! It was such a fun way to add interest to the card.

Since I was tired when I was stamping, I kept getting ink all OVER the card. It was everywhere. To hide my boo boos, I used the matching framelits and a well-placed sentiment. You would never guess that these were added to hide ink smudges, would you? LOL. That’s what I love about stamping. You can fix almost anything with a well-placed embellishment.

I hope this card cheered you up and that it also inspired you to do some stamping, even when you’re not feeling at your best.

Wishing you only the best,

Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Swirly Bird
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Soft Sky, Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black
Other: Swirly Bird matching framelits

Flurry of Wishes in Pink!

In my blog post this past Monday I talked about using our favorite colors when stamping. Too many times I reach for colors that I don’t love so I don’t fall into a stampin’ rut. Not today! For my card, using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set, I used my absolute favorite color, Pink Flamingo. And goodness does the card make me happy!

Christmas card (and video!) using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Flurry of Wishes

This card took a few tries to get right, but once it was finished, I was thrilled with it. I love how the snowflakes look with the non-traditional hot pink. The embossing and the sponging have such a beautiful effect, too. After creating this card, I wanted to show you how to do it, so I made a video. Hope you enjoy!!!

Making the Card Your Way

I invite you to save this card and video to Pinterest so that when you have time, you can make it!

Although the embossing is a lovely aspect to the card, if you wanted to simplify it, you have a few options:

  • You could leave off the clear embossed snowflakes. After stamping the pink snowflakes, sponge the card. It’ll look stunning!
  • Another option is instead of embossing the snowflakes in clear, you could stamp them in white. If you choose this method, be sure to first sponge the card, and then stamp it with the white ink.
  • If you have the coordinating punches (click here), you could punch out white snowflakes and adhere them to the card. For an added effect, add clear wink of stella or dazzling diamonds glitter to the snowflakes. (After writing this, I want to make this last version right away! It’ll look stunning.)

There are so many options! You can’t go wrong with any of them because those snow flakes are so gorgeous!

Christmas card (and video!) using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I really really hope you make the card! Regardless, enjoy the video and happy stamping.

Love,
Rina

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Flurry of Wishes
Ink: Pink Flamingo, Early Espresso
Paper: Pink Flamingo, Whisper White
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Delicate Doily, Pink Flamingo Ribbon, Silver 1/8 ribbon

 

A Great Sketch

Have you gone to the amazing sketch website, www.papercraftcrew.com? If not, you are in for a treat. There are lots of sketch sites out there where you can go for card inspiration, but the Paper Craft Crew sketches are beyond awesome.

Why struggle with making a card? Instead, pull up a sketch so you have a starting point. Paper Craft Crew sketches are particularly well balanced. Your cards will be beautiful – and you won’t be copying (not that there’s anything wrong with copying…..) but you’ll be following loose guides that will help your card look stunning and put-together.

Click here to see this week’s challenge (PCCC#216).

Here is my card for today’s challenge:

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Here is the sketch:

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I followed the sketch and put some colorful Petals and Paisleys paper along the side. Can you tell that next to the paper is a thin strip of copper? I love anything shiny, so that makes the card special for me.

To make the leaves, I did some rock ‘n roll stamping. With this technique, you first ink up your stamp in a lighter color and then dip the edges of the stamp into a darker color, using a rock ‘n roll motion. I use this technique a lo since it has a neat effect. There are a ton of techniques you can use to make the leaves look interesting. It’s an incredibly versatile stamp set.

Under the leaves is some Delightful Dijon ribbon from the 3/8” Ribbon Pack in the holiday catalog. To finish it off, I added some linen thread under it, along with a sweet ribbon for the stems.

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What makes the card look so “put together,” though, is the splatter under the circle. Cool, no? Truthfully, I don’t know if I would have thought to put the splatter on the card if not for the sketch. The splatter is made using an image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. Using Soft Suede ink, I first stamped off onto scrap paper, then lightly stamped the card. I love the effect it gives.

Come join us and play along! It’s fun. And who knows. Maybe you’ll be picked as one of the challenge winners!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Vintage Leafs, One Big Meaning, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Petals and Paisleys, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Copper Metallic Sheets
Ink: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzeberry, Mint Macaron
Other: Leaflet Framelits, 3/8” Ribbon Pack, Linen Thread, Metallic Sequins

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Totally Trees goes Pink

Today when I was stamping I realized something. I always try so hard to leave my comfort zone, that very often I don’t use my favorite colors. I’ve decided to change that! There’s nothing at all wrong with being in your comfort zone, as long as you’re creating and growing!

Pink Trees

Out of all the dozens of colors in the Stampin’ Up! catalog, Flirty Flamingo is my absolute favorite. It’s a happy pink, reminiscent of a color that Stampin’ Up! used to offer years ago, Cameo Coral. Any card that has this stunning shade of pink makes me smile — and that’s a good thing!

Thank you card using the Totally Trees stamp set by Stampin' Up!

For this card, I combined my two favs, Flirty Flamingo and Tip Top Taupe, an amazing medium-brown neutral. I adore how the pop of pink looks along with the brown.

This card uses a new stamp set called Totally Trees, which is featured in the holiday catalog. Y’all know I like a versatile stamp set, and this stamp set fits the bill. It can be used year round. There’s even a palm tree in this stamp set! I love it.

The sentiment comes from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set. It sure fits the theme, doesn’t it?

Thank you card using the Totally Trees stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I’m probably the only person who will ever tell you to stay in your comfort zone. But this card sure makes me happy. It uses “my” colors and my favorite stamping theme — nature!

So stay in your comfort zone! Make cards in the themes and colors you love. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. Sure, leave your zone every so often so you can grow and perhaps discover new colors and themes you may love to work with. But don’t feel badly if you make a card that fits smack dab in the areas you love. If you do this, you may LOVE the card. And that’s a good thing!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Totally Trees,Sprinkles of Life
Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Flirty Flamingo, Envelope Paper
Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Flirty Flamingo, Early Espresso, Garden Green
Other: Gold Ribbon, 5/8 ribbon

Cascading Leaves

Vintage Leaves is a stamp set I will never tire of. I don’t know if it’s because of the gorgeous images or the versatility of the leaves, but it’s a great stamp set. Throw in the matching framelits and you have an amazing pair of tools at your fingertips.

For my card today, I wanted to do something simple yet elegant. I wanted to cascade leaves down a card. Such fun, isn’t it?

Cascading Leaves card using the Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Tips for Creating this Card

After deciding on the style, my next step was to pick my colors. I decided to do something a little less traditional by using Mint Macaron as my focal color. The rest of the colors were chosen to coordinate with the soft green of Mint Macaron. I was sad that Lost Lagoon has retired, since it would have been a great addition to this card. If you have any hidden in your stash, it would be awesome in this card!

To go with Mint Macaron, I selected Tip Top Taupe and Cajun Craze. I like how none of the colors overpower each other, but the green stands out nicely.

Once I had the colors chosen, creating the card was easy since it was simple stamping and cutting using big Shot.

Cascading Leaves card using the Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The sentiment comes from the stamp set, One Big Meaning. I’ve used this stamp set at least once a month since it’s arrived – on all different kinds of cards. It’s amazing for its “Thank You” sentiments.

Now is a great time to be creating fall cards, but to tell you the truth, I create them year-round. Fall is my favorite season since it looks so beautiful where I live. Here’s a picture from last year.

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Happy Fall, my friend, and thanks for reading my blog. I appreciate you and your wonderful comments more than you realize.

XO,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Vintage Leaves, One Big Meaning
Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze
Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze
Other: Leaflet Framelits, Frost Sequins

The Gingerbread Man Loses Some Parts

Oh does this card make me giggle. Gingerbread cookies are made to be eaten, right? So let’s gobble some up!

By the way, after making my last card using the Gingerbread man, I kept craving gingerbread cookies. A few days later, I made some delicious gingerbread muffins. They were SO GOOD!! Luckily, I put half away in the freezer. After looking at this card, I may need to defrost some to nibble on!

Christmas Card with Gingerbread Man, made with the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp sest by Stampin' Up!

This card is all about making someone laugh. It made me laugh when I created it. Don’t you love to give someone a card that brings not only a smile of joy to their face, but also one of amusement?

Nibbling on Gingerbread

To create the effect that some of the cookies were eaten, I used my ¼ punch. To me, it looked like little mouth bites, nibbling on the cookies.

Putting them on the card was a bit of a challenge because they took up a lot of room. I found the best way was to angle them so I could fit in 4 cookies.

Christmas Card with Gingerbread Man, made with the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp sest by Stampin' Up!

To add interest to the card, I added some paper from the Candy Cane Lane DSP to the sides. I used Chocolate Chip ink for the gingerbread men (I couldn’t stop thinking of food yummies when making this card!)

I invite you to make this card – but didn’t say I didn’t warn you! You’ll be wanting some real gingerbread cookies, too J

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Cookie Cutter Christmas
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Other: Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Real Red ¾” Stitched Edge Ribbon, Trio Pack Baker’s Twine

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