Happy Friday! And happy it truly is – cuz I’m at the hotel, jus’ sleepin’ in ma bed! At least I hope I am – or at least laying in it doing a bunch of nothing! This has been a….loooooonnnggg week, y’all – and I’m flat tuckered. This long weekend has been the beacon of hope – the light at the end of the first part of the tunnel. Four beautiful days off. Oh. My. Goodness. 😉
This card for today is another easel card. I apologize for the quick duplication – but…my friend here asked me for a card (short notice!) for his wife. He/they are moving across the country and she’s leaving her teaching job in CA. He wanted a card to give her. When I ask him what he wanted to say…he kind of looked blank. After some prompting, he wants to tell her that he loves her and that he’s grateful for all she does.
Awwww. That’s totally sweet – even if he needed a little “help” to get there! Yea – he vacuums and cleans the house, too – he’s one of the good guys! So, I really wanted it to be special for him and be a bit of a “wow” card – so the easel card made sense to me. And since it’s so easy…well. It was a no-brainer.
I also had the perfect sentiment in mind – from the new (it’s almost here, folks! Wednesday!!) stamp set called Layered Love. And One Big Meaning also has a great sentiment. I pulled Awesomely Artistic for the beautiful images. Take a look-see:
So – the easel is just a secondary piece of the card! The Awesomely Artistic flowers definitely take front and center.
The design of the card comes from The Paper Players Challenge #296:
And I used the Flowers theme from Stamp Ink Paper challenge #49:
I started out by making my flowers. On a piece of Very Vanilla card stock, I stamped the Awesomely Artistic flower image in Versamark, sprinkled it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat embossed it. Then I colored it all in – using my Clear Wink of Stella for a little shine. I picked up ink from the lids of my Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo inks and colored everything in. And then I fussy cut the outline of the image.
Now – don’t be fooled! I only cut the outline – the inside portion of the stamp is “faux fussy cut”! I used my Dapper Denim Stampin’ Write marker to color in the Very Vanilla inside portion of the image. Between that and the fact that I adhered it to Dapper Denim card stock – it made it just kind of disappear! 🙂
I layered up the circular element for the sketch – I punched a 2 1/2″ Circle from Sweet Sugarplum card stock (this punch is retiring soon!); over that is a 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle punch (also retiring) from Basic Black; and the final layer is a 2″ Circle from Dapper Denim. I layered them up with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. Before adding the flowers, I wound some Gold Metallic Thread around in big loops, securing them with Glue Dots. Finally, I popped the Awesomely Artistic flowers over all of that with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I used a lot of them – cut in tiny pieces to support the outside flowers.
For the card front itself, I stamped the sweet sentiment from Layered Love in Sweet Sugarplum near the bottom center of a Very Vanilla panel. Then, using Smoky Slate ink, I stamped the Awesomely Artistic splotches image all over. I added some of the small fern image – also from Awesomely Artistic – in Dapper Denim. Since I just wanted faint images, I stamped them off four time – yep, four! – before I stamped the card. Using a Sponge Dauber, I flicked the edges with Smoky Slate and adhered the flower-art circle with SNAIL.
Then I SNAILd the panel to a Dapper Denim mat and then to a Basic Black mat.
On the inside, I used another Very Vanilla panel and added some Smoky Slate splotches, and stamped-off-four-times Dapper Denim ferns. I flicked the edges with Smoky Slate and SNAILd it to a Dapper Denim and Basic Black Mat. Then I SNAILd it into a Sweet Sugarplum card base – that had been double folded in preparation for my “easel”. I gave dimensions in my post where I showed you my Painter’s Palette Fun Fold Easel card. Check it out here!
The easel “stop” began with a Very Vanilla panel to which I added the perfectly perfect-for-this-card sentiment from One Big Meaning in Sweet Sugarplum and a Dapper Denim stamped-off-a-lot fern. I flicked the edges with Smoky Slate and SNAILd it to a Dapper Denim and Basic Black mat. Then I popped it on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
The easel “stop” is smaller on this card than on my Painter’s Palette card – and it’s down close to the bottom of the inner liner. I wanted to give my bud plenty of room to write something special to his lady! 🙂
All that remained was to SNAIL the card front to the lower portion of the easel card base and add a few embellishments. I stuck little tiny Pearl Basic Jewels in the centers of the flowers and tied a little bow from Dapper Denim 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon. I adhered it with a Glue Dot and the card was done!
The Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got more of the Smoky Slate Awesomely Artistic splotches and Dapper Denim ferns….
…and I did the same again on the inside of the flap.
Et Voila! I am more than pleased with how this one turned out. I love that adding one fold to a card can make such a “wow!” statement. My friend was really happy when I gave it to him – I’m excited to hear what his wife thinks. It’s so cool to make cards for a specific person and a specific reason. Not only does it give some direction to the card – but the happy looks when they see the creation…well. You know. 🙂
Scroll on down and I’ll give you the card cuts and all the deets on what you need to make this card yourself!
HOST CODE FOR 16 May – 31 May 16: NK9FHKCF
Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift – your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the 2015-16 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog.
THREE TWO SPACES TO FILL FOR THE
ONLINE HOST CLUB
1 JUNE 2016 KICK-OFF!
- Each Club consists of 6 people who each commit to purchasing at least $25 in product each month for 6 consecutive months.
- Each month, one person will be the “host” of that month’s workshop – I’ll put all your names in a hat (okay – maybe a box) and draw the names out at the beginning of the club period – that way everyone will know which month will be “theirs”! In your month – you’ll be eligible to purchase Host-exclusive stamp sets!
- I’ll mail the host code to everyone on the first of each month and then everyone just applies that host code to their order by the 20th. Then the host and I will figure her order together at the end of the month! Each month the host will have earned at least $15 in Host/Stampin’ Reward dollars!
- During your participation in the Online Club, I’ll be giving you DOUBLE Peppermint reward points! So – your $25 order will get you TWO peppermints each month, versus the normal one.
- And – at the end of the 6 months – I’ll give each participant the stamp set of their choice (with a value up to $20)
- And you’ll get first dibs on the next club sign up!
- You’ll receive Free Catalogs from me during your Host Club term and free shipping on your host month! That’s going to amount to two Annual Catalogs (this one coming up and the 2017-2018 AC), the Holiday Mini and the Occasions Catalog!
Let me know ASAP if you’re interested – we’re kicking this club off on 1 June! 🙂 678-360-1359 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2016-2017 Annual Catalog Shares
Do you want all of the great new papers, ribbons and embellishments in the 2016-17 Catalog but can’t afford everything all at once? Join in my share!
- New Designer Series Paper Share – $33.00 plus $6 for Priority Mail shipping. You’ll get 151 6″x6″ sheets of Designer Paper
- New Ribbon and Embellishment Share – $40.00 plus $6.00 for Priority Mail shipping. You’ll get 55 yards of new ribbon and trim, and over 200 embellishments (treat bags, doilies, binder clips and enamel shapes!
- Want it all? $77 plus $6 for Priority Mail shipping and you get a free pack of the new Solid Baker’s Twine.
- Double shares are available too!
**Please note: Sign-up deadline is 30 May for my shares. See more details about my shares and sign-up here.
Time’s running out to get in on the Online Host Club – I plan to start it on 1 June. I’ve got four folks signed up right now – need two more to fill out this club! If you want to be one of those folks – let me know soon, okay? 🙂
And the Retiring Products are almost gone – like the cool 2 1/2″ Circle Punch and the 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch I used on this card. Be sure to get them before they’re gone for good. They can be found right here in my Online Store!
See y’all tomorrow! 🙂
The Entire Month of June is a GREAT Time to Join Stampin’ Up!
Join in June and receive TWO FREE STAMP SETS (from the brand new catalog!) of your choice (no bundles or kits, sorry!), over and above the items you selection in your Starter Kit! That makes this a really great time to join!
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COMING 1 JUNE!
For the entire month of June, Stampin’ Up! is offering extra Stampin’ Rewards for hosts whose orders or workshops are $350 or greater! That’s over and above your usual rewards. So…that’s even more free money to spend to fulfill your Wish List! Or – you can even use your Stampin’ Rewards towards your Starter Kit!!
Check it out!
We can even do an Online Catalog workshop – give me a holler and we can chat about it, okay?
STAMPIN’ UP PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:
The Layered Love stamp set and 2016-2017 In Color inks, card stock and ribbon will be available 1 June! 🙂
CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:
Sweet Sugarplum Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″ and 8 3/8″); 2 1/2″ Circle Punch (under flowers)
Basic Black Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mat for card front and inner liner); 1 1/8″ x 3 3/8″ (first “stop” mat); 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch (under flowers)
Dapper Denim Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (second mat for card front and inner liner); 1″ x 3 1/4″ (second “stop” mat); 2″ Circle Punch (under flowers)
Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (front art panel and inner liner); 7/8″ x 3 1/8″(“stop” sentiment); flowers
If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!