Inspired by Life

One of my favorite stamp sets in the Annual catalog is the Jar of Love stamp set. It was on my first order and you can do about…a million things with it. Today I was in the mood to fill it with some beautiful flowers. With all the cards I’ve made with the stamp set, I don’t think I’ve ever done something flowers with it. I had to fix that!

Handmade Card Idea using the Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Inspired by Real Life

I was inspired to make this card from an event I did last month. Sometimes I teach card classes in my community for free. I teach people who just want a night out with girlfriends while also trying something new and fun. (Is it any wonder I get asked to do this a lot?!) These women love to experience making something with their hands since *gasp* they don’t consider themselves creative. It’s fun that after an hour of card making, they realize that not only can they be creative, they can also make something beautiful.

Last month when I taught this class, someone put a beautiful mason jar of flowers on the table. It made my class even more special. As I was packing up, the ladies insisted that I take the flowers home. They were so beautiful and every time I looked at them, I was reminded of a great evening.

My card today looks a little bit like the mason jar I received that night. It’s a happy bouquet of some cheerful looking blossoms.

Adding Interest

Although the card was inspired by flowers, it looked a little…too predictable for me. You know I love to have twists with my designs! I added a little fish to the water bowl and also some of the gorgeous beads I had on my desk. These little extras can take a project from “nice” to something a bit more special. I love how the card came out!

Handmade Card Idea using the Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

A little bit of silver ribbon down the side, along with some pretty designer series paper finished it off.

Also, if you look carefully, you’ll notice I splattered the whole card with a bit of the light green mint macaron. This little subtle splatter helps put the card together and make it more cohesive.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Love,
Rina

Supplies used:

Stamps: Jar of Love
Paper: Mint Macaron
Ink: Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black
Other: Linen Thread, Sale-A-Bration ribbon, Sprinkles Embellishments

Flower Basket for Spring

Last summer when I went to the Stampin’ Up! conference, I received a beautiful swap.  I knew right away I’d be making my own version.  Just looking at it made me smile.  See my version below!
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The flowers come up and you can write a little sentiment in the card.

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I made this for my sweet mother-in-law. Then I realized it was teacher appreciation week.  So you guessed it.  I made 15 more of them . . . In less then two days.  I’m crazy like that — and I know I’m not the only one.  I typed little notes on the computer and glued them to the card so that I could fit in all the thanks I wanted to say to the amazing teachers.

Here’s a version with in light brown:

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Since I knew you’d love to make one yourself, I made a tutorial on how to do them.

Stamp Set: Flower Patch and Flower Fair framelits
Colors: Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, So Saffron, Marina Mist, Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride
Paper: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake

Instructions:

  1. Cut Crumb Cake 3 1/2 x 8 1/2 (You can get 3 pots from one piece of card stock!)
  2. Score at 3 1/2 and 7
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  3. Using your scallop punch, scallop the small side (as shown below)
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  4. Fold as shown below.
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  5. Angle the folded pot in your cutter diagonally, whit the folded side on top.  Put one corner at the 3 inch mark and angle to the bottom score line (as shown below).
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  6. After cutting, flip over and line up with the 2 1/2 inch mark and angle to the bottom score line.
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  7. Your finished project should look something like this.
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  8. Cut green card stock to 2 1/2 x 4 3/4 and white 2 1/4 x 4 1/2.flowerpot_tutorial7
  9. Stamp flowers in assorted colors and cut out.  *Use dimensionals when putting the flowers onto the rectangular card stock.*  This will ensure that the card rests nicely over the flower pot.
  10. Use ribbon, tie a knot around the flower pot.

If you make one, be sure to send me a picture!  This is SUCH a fun project.

XO,
Rina