SAS4kids – anything 4 kids

I know I am not alone when I say I have a lot of patterned paper (DSP). I have some patterns from when I first started stamping in 2002 – and I’m still keeping those scraps for a rainy day…sigh. Thank goodness there are cardmakers who do use patterned paper and who share their inspiration. Dawn Olchefske posted this card on her blog and I knew I’d be able to use up even the smallest scraps of my DSP.

Send A Smile 4 Kids (SAS4kids) collects handmade cards (blank inside) for 15 Childrens Hospitals across the US. The cards are used by the nurses and staff to bring cheer to their 1 to 19 year old patients and their patients’ families. SAS4kids has two monthly challenges and the challenge I am submitting this card for is their Anything 4 Kids. What kid (or adult) doesn’t thrill when seeing a stack of presents topped with a big bow. I have a girlie version and a boyish version.

The bottom gift is 3″ wide by 1.25″ high and its lid is 3.25″ wide by 0.25″ high. The top gift is 2.75″ wide by 1.25″ high and its lid is 3″ wide by 0.25″ high. I used my MISTI and a retired SU! stamp set to stamp the sentiment just below the stacked presents. The bow is made using the SU! bow builder punch. To keep the bow poufy, I stuffed each side with cotton pulled from a cotton ball. These cards are not intended to be mailed but to be hand-delivered to the patients at one of the childrens’ hospitals who benefit from the SAS4kids volunteer efforts. But because I did stuff the bow with cotton, the cards could be mailed.

Entered in the following challenges:

SAS4kids – Anything Goes for Kids Challenge

Stamps: It’s Your Birthday(SU! retired)
Ink: SU Calpyso Coral, Pear Pizzazz
Paper: SU Melon Mambo, Summer Sun; Neenah Solar White #100; TAC Kaleidoscope Girlz (retired), TAC Hip-Hop (retired)
Other: MISTI (My Sweet Petunia), SU Bow Builder Punch

Bright birthday – May 2015 Paper Pumpkin alternate idea

All card components from SU Paper Pumpkin May 2015 kit. Card designed by KellyRae Cooper.
Oh, I soooo was not going to sign up for the Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription. I want to know what I’m getting, not be surprised. But when the absolutely fabulous May 2015 kit was sneak-peeked for 24 hours, I caved and signed so I could get THAT kit (and also get past kits as supplies allow)! The kit makes 6 cards and 4 gift bags which are cute and perfectly designed … but it’s the alternate designs posted on Pinterest and Splitcoast Stampers that encouraged me to branch out from the original kit’s designs. I cut the striped card base and matted it to Island Indigo which was then adhered to a white card base (my preferred card design). After I stamped the ‘celebrate’ sentiment (doesn’t it look festive with the extra flourishes?), I adhered it to a scrap of Daffodil Delight cardstock and trimmed out a matted banner.  The balloon diecut is the perfect size for the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment (and the card front) in general.  I am now on the lookout for a similarly sized balloon die to make my own balloon embellishments.

Stamped image from SU Big Day (retired 2015 SaleABration set). Stamped images from SU Paper Pumpkin May 2015 kit.
The inside of the card is from the Big Day stamp set (SaleABration 2015) and of course my envelope was decorated – the balloon stamp is separate from the balloon string, so I was able to flip the string to create the middle stamped string. I like how the balloon colors overlap to emulate transparent balloons.

I made this card specifically to send to a soon-to-be 16 year old boy. His mother requested via social media for a card shower, and I am happy to oblige.  This card was mailed today.  I also made a few extra to put in this month’s SAS4kids box.

Challenges entered:
SAS4kids CAS4kids
Stamps Ink Paper sketch challenge
Muse birthday challenge – I interpreted the inspiration card with my balloon

Stamps: SU Paper Pumpkin May 2015 Birthday Bundle, SU Big Day (retired 2015 SaleABration)
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; SU Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Paper Pumpkin patterned paper
Ink: Versamark, SU Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral; SU marker Daffodil Delight
Other: Anti-static bag, white detail embossing powder, heat tool, foam tape, SU Calypso Coral/White thick twine

C4C297 ODBDSLC249 Happy Birthday, Dear

White embossed image from Silhouette Highlands by Sheena Douglass. Background floating alcohol ink by KellyRae Cooper.

I practice lots of techniques and keep the pieces in a drawer ‘for later.’ This particular background was created by floating alcohol ink drops on water and then smooshing the glossy paper facedown into the ink. It just begged for a white embossed image, don’t you think? Something nice and solid against the bright colors. I used my alphabet rotary stamp from SU to personalize the happy birthday sentiment for my dear hubby. He really liked it :)

Entered in the following challenges:

Cards in Envy – birthday party
Crazy 4 Challenges – Admit You’re Happy Month
Our Daily Bread Designs – ODBDSLC249 Color Challenge

Stamps: Silhouette Highland (Sheena Douglass), SU Alphabet Rotary Stamp
Ink: various alcohol inks, Versamark, Memories Black
Paper: Glossy White, Neenah Solar White #100, Basic Black
Other: Detail White embossing powder, heat tool

Christmas in July – a Robot Holiday

Digi image from Robot Holidays by Tiddly Ink. Copic colored by KellyRae Cooper.

Now that Operation Write Home has completed its card-gathering mission and is finishing its card-sending mission through year end 2015, I needed a new organization to send my cards. Send A Smile 4 Kids (SAS4kids) collects handmade cards (blank inside) for 13 Childrens Hospitals across the US. The cards are used by the nurses and staff to bring cheer to their 1 to 19 year old patients and their patients’ families. SAS4kids has monthly challenges and the challenge I am submitting this card for is their Christmas in July.

I love this little robot Rudolph. He’s just so much fun to color using Copics. Normally we color in tiny circles for smooth blending but when you’re trying to create a metallic look – up and down strokes and not fully blended is the technique to use. The sentiment comes from another favorite stamp set – Reindeer Puns from Craft Lounge. Craft Lounge also has a matching Reindeer Games stamp set. When I use the Reindeer Puns, I usually put the question on the outside of the card and the answer on the inside – but since we’re asked to leave the inside blank, the answer is also on the cardfront. Still brings a little chuckle and I’ve got 8 of these to send in my August box to SAS4kids.

Challenges entered:
SAS4kids Christmas in July
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge for August

Stamps: Digi set Robot Holidays (Tiddly Ink), Reindeer Pun (Craft Lounge)
Paper: SU Real Red, Neenah Solar White 80#, patterned paper Vintage Holiday (TAC-out of business), misc metallic paper scraps (for the gears)
Ink: None, this was a digi image printed using my HP OfficeJet Pro 8600
Copics: C9-C7-C5-C3-C1-C00 (robot head and body), E53-E55-E57 (antlers), Y13-Y26-Y28 (gold bell), W5-W3-W1 (boots), R29 and YG25 for the striped stockings and sleeves, R29 for the mittens, earmuffs, and ‘Rudolph’ nose

Are you hot or cold? (about embossing that is)

May’s OWH / ODBD (Our Daily Bread Designs) challenge is to use embossing (either hot or cold) on a card. If 50 cards link up, ODBD will sponsor the shipping costs for two boxes to go to our heroes. As of right now, they are 6 short of the goal. We are allowed only one entry but my one entry will be these three cards below. And don’t forget that OWH is winding down and their deadline to accept cards is August 1, 2015.

Simple cold (dry) embossing – gender neutral but with a lean toward masculine
KellyRae Cooper

Simple heat embossing resist – watercolor wash with a festive flair
KellyRae Cooper -

Advanced heat embossing resist – background layers of colors and stamps
KellyRae Cooper -

Birthday cupcake – FSJ Birthday Sketch, CB Diamond Plate embossing folder

Watercolor wash birthday – TAC Swirly Sayings, DI Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Broken China

Tulip bouqet embossed resist – SU Neverending Joy and Petal Prints, TAC Ordinary Greetings, text background paper

Square Punch Slider Card

(I know, long time not posting, but I’m here now.) My topmost favorite card to make is one with a secret, and I learned it a long time ago at the Stampin’ Up 2003 Annual Convention in Las Vegas from a shoebox swap. The name of the original demonstrator who swapped it has long since disappeared from my computer, but I would love to give credit. (Edited to add: Yay! Lydia Fiedler contacted me to say she was the original demonstrator – you can find her awesome creations on her website).

On February 18, 2015, I was tickled to see a similar version as a new tutorial by Norma Lee on the Splitcoaststampers website. Norma’s tutorial creates a square 5.5 inch card; the one I learned in 2003 was for an A2 size.

My A2 card front looks like it has a normal window to the inside of the card.

However, when the card is opened, a hidden panel slides from behind and a different image pops through the window on the INSIDE of the card. Totally cool, huh?

Here’s a top down view of the card. Two pieces of cardstock are adhered together on their right edges, the cardfront hidden flap is then free to slide into place from the left.

Norma Lee’s tutorial (on the Splitcoaststampers website) is a marvelous step-by-step photo tutorial plus she included a video. Her larger 5.5 inch square card allows a much larger aperture for the two window images – my A2 card size is limited to a 1 3/8 inch window. Her aperture is created with dies – my aperture is created with a 1 3/8 square punch.

Instructions for the A2 size card
(remember this is from 2003 and I didn’t do step-by-step photos like Norma – if you want me to do step-by-steps, leave a comment)

1 3/8 inch square punch
2 1/2 inch scalloped square punch (or similar decorative edge)
12 to 18 inch ribbon, fiber, or twine
Two pieces of neutral cardstock
– 5 1/2 in by 11 in, scored at 3 1/2 in and 7 in (cardbase)
– 5 1/2 in by 6 1/8 in, scored at 4 1/4 in (cardfront)
Three pieces of square complementary colored cardstock
– 2 1/2 in by 2 1/2 in
One piece of scrap colored cardstock (this will be the punch template) – 3 1/2 in wide by 5 1/2 in tall (position the 1 3/8 inch square punch at the “top” of the template, centered from side to side, and push the square punch in as far as it will go, and punch out a square)

  1. Using the template from the supplies list above, place the template (with the square window at the top) in the 3 1/2 inch center panel of the long piece of cardstock (the cardbase) and punch out a 1 3/8 inch square. You should have a three panel cardbase with the center panel having a square window.
  2. Set aside the punch template and using YOUR center panel as the template, fold the center panel back onto the left panel and punch a square through the 3 1/2 inch left panel of the cardbase. (By using your center panel instead of the punch template, you will more closely match the two openings.) You should have a three panel cardbase with the left and center panels having square windows.
  3. Fold the cardbase with a valley fold between the left and center panels, then a mountain fold between the center and right panels (see fourth photo above). The cardbase front should open like a book, showing two 3 1/2 inch panels both with square windows (see third photo above) – the 4 inch panel is folded behind the cardbase on the right edge.  Close the cardbase and stamp an image through the window to that back panel.
  4. Punch window frames from the 2 1/2 inch squares of cardstock. Open the cardbase and adhere one window frame to the window on the inside right of the cardbase (do not frame the inside left window at this time), then stamp as desired on the inside panels (see third photo above).
  5. Now on to the cardfront.  Turn the 5 1/2 inch by 6 1/8 inch cardstock (the cardfront) so the skinny panel is on the left and the 4 1/4 inch panel is on the right with a mountain fold between (see fourth photo above).  Stamp the 4 1/4 inch panel but leave a blank area where the window will be punched.
  6. To adhere the cardfront to the cardbase ON THEIR RIGHT EDGES, fold the cardbase so all you see is the undecorated top panel and your main stamped image through the opening. Put adhesive around all four edges of the top panel and around the square window opening. Carefully position the cardfront with the skinny panel on the left and match up the RIGHT edges of the two pieces. The flap should be sticking out on the left (see fourth photo above).
  7. To punch square window in cardfront, turn over the joined card (keep the skinny panel out of the way) and using the inside left of the card as a template, punch through the square to the top layer. Adhere a window frame around the cardfront opening, then another window frame (if desired) on the inside left window opening.
  8. To stamp hidden image, fully open the card and stamp through the window onto the little flap that slid into position. If the flap didn’t slide, check the fourth photo above for the correct placement of the flaps.
  9. If ribbon desired, wrap around the card as shown in the fourth photo above. Make sure to test that the hidden panel slides into place successfully.

Patriotic bunting and a new stamp company …Fun Stampers Journey

I have three cards to share today – three versions of patriotic bunting using stamps and dies from the newly launched Fun Stampers Journey company.

Card 1 has loads of white space to offset the red and blue colors of the flag style bunting. I diecut the banner and then stamped alternating colors using the 2 small background stamps in the matching stamp set.

I didn’t bother masking the top border of the banner before stamping because I diecut a second banner (there are 4 banners in the die set) from scrap cardstock and used it to layer on top of the stamped banner. Easy peasy.

Card 2 is a little fancier, but still with a lot of white space. I diecut 6 of the pennant style banners and stamped 3 of them, alternating the red and blue. The other 3 banners I trimmed away the pennants (saving for another project) and adhered the top border on top of the stamped banners. I used foam tape to raise these banners slightly for a dimensional look. Three varying sizes of bling in the corner offset the stamped Celebrate!

Card 3 is a more true US flag style bunting and even has fireworks stamped on the background.

NOTE: The union (starry field) should be displayed on the left whether the US flag is displayed in a vertical or the more normal horizontal position.

I diecut the flag style bunting to stamp my stripes, then diecut a scalloped banner to trim the top border away to cover my messy red stripe stamping. I used a scrap piece of cardstock to stamp the polka dot background in blue, and then used a 1/4-inch square punch to create the illusion of the starry panel. The focal piece also has red and blue fireworks stamped on it, the lighter images were stamped off 1-2 times. To be honest, although I like the idea of the fireworks and the flag bunting, I am not sure they go together. But that’s what sharing is all about. You can decide for yourself.

Since the starter kit did not come with red cardstock, I swiped the Sweet Berry ink along the edges of my matting layer to match the flag stripes. The raised felt pad made it extremely easy to swipe the edges…yay.

I also decorated the inside of the cards and the envelope with a few red and blue fireworks.

So…do you have a favorite among these three?

Stamps: Banner Party, Greet & Shout (Fun Stampers Journey)
Cardstock: White, Huckleberry Fusion (Fun Stampers Journey)
Inks: Sweet Berry, Blue Lagoon (Fun Stampers Journey)
Accessories: Journey Grand (FSJ-branded Grand Calibre from Spellbinders) and Pennants dies (Fun Stampers Journey); foam tape, bling

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Posted in FSJ

A watercolored tulip birthday

My friend just told me she received this card, so now I can share it with you.

As a papercrafter, I dearly love sending cards to family, friends, and Operation Write Home. But it is a wee bit intimidating to send out a card to a sister papercrafter – especially one that knows all the techniques and has all the stamps, paper, ink, and tools the industry currently offers. So for this special card, I REALLY had to step up my game. I honestly didn’t keep track of the colors or products used (but I used a LOT). The beginning was pretty simple, stamping and masking (and stamping again) the tulips, stems, and leaves onto 140# cold-pressed watercolor paper using Sepia Archival Ink, then stamping the sentiments using Jet Black Stazon Ink. Then it gets a little hazy.

I remember spritzing the watercolor paper and then inking script sentiment using Distress Ink Crushed Olive, spritzing the inked rubber and then stamping the sentiment along the bottom of the card. After I watercolored in the flowers, stems, and leaves using various Distress Ink colors (maybe Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive again, Picked Raspberry, Fired Brick) as ink pads and markers, I lightly scribbled the Tumbled Glass in between the stems and under the flower heads, and washed the color into the background. The resulting blend of color where the script ink and the color wash collided is a delightful teal (and hence the color choice for my card base).

To create some fun visual interest, I again spritzed the watercolor paper to wet it across the top only and then used Distress Ink Tumbled Glass and a dotted stencil (I know there’s another name for this stencil ***edited to add the name – sequin waste – thanks Bonnie!) to sponge color on a diagonal slant across the top of the card; let it dry, then sponged some more of the same color through the sequin waste strip again to deepen the effect here and there. I also used the same sequin waste strip with SU Tempting Turquoise to add a little texture to the teal base card.

I really liked how the card finished and better still, the recipient liked it too. Happy Birthday dear friend.

Stamps: Tulips, Poppy (stem only) by Sheena Douglass; sentiments by TAC (out of business)

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A magical Happy Valentine’s Day

One last Valentine card before I put away those supplies and start anew. The front of my card was inspired by a card posted in January 2010 by Kay Kalthoff. And the inside of the card is pretty much a direct CASE of a card I received last week. A very dear blogging friend sent me a gorgeous card which I will treasure but I also knew I’d be CASEing her inside card design. (Okay, true confession over and back to MY card.) The patterned paper I used is double-sided so the floral pattern on the front is the reverse side of the circle pattern on the inside. This card has some heft to it – the cardbase and then 3 pieces of patterned cardstock – plus the punched border strip along the top on the inside and the folded popout piece for the dangling hearts. Yet it still posted only as 0.9 ounce so no additional postage necessary.

When the card is opened the magic is revealed – two hearts suspended from a popout punched border strip. LOVE it! The border strip is 7 inches, and I attached it to the card by first folding the two ends into the center, leaving a little gap dead center (I just folded each end so it matched up to the scallops under it). The sentiment piece doesn’t leave much room for a long note but sometimes you just want to send a card to let someone know you were thinking of them.

I applied my strong double-sided adhesive to the two flaps, then flipped the border strip so the adhesive side was now facing the already adhered border strip on the card, centered the folded border strip so that the scallops on the card matched the scallops on the border strip, and adhered (NOTE: at this point the flaps are adhered on either side of the center fold but nothing is adhered in the center). I then gently closed the card to start the center crease on the folded border strip, opened the card slightly, and used my bone folder to set the crease.

My envelope decoration is very simply – just a sweet little row of hearts (stamped in line twice) – and the mailing address will start below the row.

Supplies: A2 cardbase in SU brushed gold, K&Company Urban Rhapsody designer paper, and SU pool party, real red, and whisper white cardstock; SU real red and soft suede inks, Big Shot, Cuttlebug hearts block embossing folder, Spellbinders labels 4, SU scalloped heart sizzlit, Marvy Uchida scalloped heart punch (extra small), Marvy Uchida mini heart punch, white embroidery floss, mini glue dots, foam dimensionals

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Love Blooms Here

My little sister and her hubby now live with my sweet sweet mother so card-sending events (like Valentine’s Day) need to have TWO cards sent to the same household. And of course the cards have to be different designs. This is a card design I saved in my stash from several years ago when I held stamp classes as a TAC demonstrator. The frame was cut using a Coluzzle (anyone still have one?) but you could just as easily use two nesting oval dies taped together. The heart tree foliage was stamped using a Kaleidacolor pink range pad – notice that just one of the hearts is outlined in black to make it pop. I am not comfortable doodling (but I love seeing it), so I tried a little on the frame, the sentiment banner, and along the left side of the tree trunk.

And here’s a tip for mailing a card with a bulky embellishment – that larger eyelet is pretty bulky. I cut down a window sheet to A2 size (5.5×4.25) and slip it on top of the card in the envelope. The window sheet helps minimize the bulk and I usually don’t have to pay extra postage AND the card and envelope arrive intact at the other end.

Supplies: A2 white cardbase, Bazzill Monochromatics Red-Violet, TAC (out of business) stamp set Love Blooms Here, SU Blooming With Love, Red Rubber Designs/TAC Contemporary Greetings, SU Soft Suede, Rose Red, and Old Olive Classic inks, SU (retired) Cotton Candy Kaleidacolor rainbow pad, Millenium 0.5mm pen, CropADile, large metal eyelet, pink petaloo

(and here’s a peek at the hallmark on the back of the card and of the envelope’s decoration)

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