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Artisan Award Non-winning Entry, Day 2: Cupcake Shaker Card

For this card, I have to say I went a little over the top!  I wanted to do a Shaker card with a birthday cupcake and I looked for what I could use to make the little candies inside the shaker frame…  I eventually found what I would use!  The Sweet Shop Specialty DSP (from last year Occasion Mini-Catalogue) had really pretty candies! I used the Owl punch which has a circle about the size of the candy and cut out a bunch of candies.  I wanted to add some dimension so that they would move around when you shake the card, so I added Crystal Effect on each one! That was a pretty tedious process!!! After everything had dried, I was good to go! I did a step-card with 2 side-panels. I used a strip of Vellum for the greeting. I made the cherry with Crystal effect as well. It almost looked like a real one!

Here’s the card:

and a close-up of the Shaker Frame: (the candies moved inside the shaker frame!!!)

You can see the step-card and vellum a bit better on this picture:

and the inside of the card:

This is the designer paper that I used to cut out all the candies inside the Shaker frame:

Material used:

Invitation and Packed for Birthday sets; Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Early Espresso, Textured Soft Suede, Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Black and Vellum card stock; Sweet Shop Specialty DSP; Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, Pool Party Classic Stampin’ pads; Whisper White craft ink pad, Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Marker, Crystal effects, Blender pen, Crimper, Jelly Bean Brads, Window sheet, Shaker frames, Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits dies, Paper-piercing tool, paper snip, Owl Builder punch,  1-3/4” Scallop Circle punch, 1/2”Circle punch,  Simply Scored Scoring Tool, stylus, Multipurpose liquid glue, Snail adhesive.


Saying Goodbye to Fox and Friends

“Fox and Friends” is a really cute stamp set and it will be retiring at the end of the month, so if you want to put your hands on it before it’s too late, let me know!!!  I used the monkey from that set to make this “party invitation” card.  The little party hat is from “Turtle and Co” (remember this one is also going at the end of the month!)  “P” is for Party is from the Occasions Alphabet.

Maybe, you’re wondering how I made the background…  I used the brayer and some “bubble wrap”!!!  Here’s how it’s done:

1- I brayered Daffodil Delight ink right on the bubble wrap.  Then, I put a piece of glossy white paper on top and brayer on the back of the paper so the ink transfers on the paper.  Peel off carefully because it won’t be dry yet.  Let dry before applying the next color. (or not if you want them to blend together…)

2- Repeat the same process with “Pool Party” ink (light turquoise) and ” Pumpkin Pie” ink (orange).  Voilà!!!

Hope you like this new technique!

For the rest of the card, I used the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder and the crimper to make a little border that looks almost like a ribbon… I love the crimper for that!  Unfortunatly, the crimper will also retire at the end of May, so get it while it’s still available! Check my other samples with the crimper to get more ideas on what to do with it. (Go to “crimper” section on the right hand side.)

Stamp set: Fox and Friends  (#117020W or #118565 C) , Occasions Alphabet (#117090 W or #123895 C), Turtle and Co (122870 W or 122872 C)

CS and paper: Glossy white card stock, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Early Expresso, Real red Stampin’ Marker.

Tools and punches: Large Oval, Big Shot and Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Crimper.

Others: Bubble wrapping

Iris Folding and cupcake: Saying Goodbye to “Party this way”

I designed this card for my Iris Folding class.  I wanted to make a birthday card that would be suitable for anybody.  I used the “soon-to-be retired” stamp set called Party This Way.  You can still order it until the end of May, and then it will be too late!!! Let me know if you like it and want it!!!

I used the crimper to make the cupcake paper.  I’m sad to say the the crimper is also not coming back!  So get it while you can because it’s a very useful tool and I use it all the time!


Stamp set: Party this Way (#118744W or #120609C)

Ink: Calypso Coral, Real Red

CS and Paper: Real red, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Sahara sand Stampin’ Marker (to make the balloon string), Sunny Garden DSP (retired from 2011).

Tools and punches: crimper, 1″ square punch (to make the banner)

Iris folding Mother’s Day card

I recently had a class on Iris Folding and here’s a card that we made, for Mother’s Day.

I used the Blossom punch to cut the flower which makes that step much easier than cutting out a flower with an x-acto.  I used the flower that was just cut off and sponged it with real red.  I used the Boho Blossom punch to make the flower center and a brad form the Sale-a-bration set.  To make the iris folding flower, I used nice Designer Series Paper from the Paper Stack collection, from Pocketful of Poisies and from a retired set.  The flower center was stamped with the little flower in the “Baroque Motifs” stamp set.  To make the leaves, I used the Blossom Petal Builder punch.  I fold them in half and run throught the crimper.  I really like making my leaves like that since it adds a lot of dimension!

Stamp set: Voeux Mignons, Baroque Motifs

CS and paper: Natural white CS, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Patterned Designer Series Paper Stack (Brights), Pocketful of Posies DSP (#122354)

Ink: Real red

Punches and tools: Blossom punch (#125603), Blossom Petal Builder punch (#121808), Boho Blossoms (#119858), Word Window (#119857), crimper.

Accessories: Brad Brights (#119740), Everyday Enchantment brad

Birthday Cake with Faux Frosting

This is a card we made at my last Team meeting and I thing it’s a pretty cool technique so I decided to share it with you, although this card is not my design… The stamp set we used is from the Occasion Mini-catalogue (p.33) and the Designer paper is called “Sweet Shop” (check it out on the same page!) It’s super nice and some page are even embossed!

To make this “Faux Frosting”, you need some Multipurpose liquid glue (#110755) p.206 in the main catalogue. (By the way, if you don’t have this glue, it’s really a must!  I use it all the time! and it’s much better than the “regular” white glue we used as kids…) You also need white embossing powder and dazzling diamonds glitters, and your heat tool.  Here’s how to do it:

1. Pour some Multipurpose liquid glue where you want your “frosting”.  Sprinkle with a mix of dazzling diamond and white embossing powder. (We used our fingers to take a “pinch” of the mixture and gently sprinkle right on top of the glue.)

2. With the heat gun, heat your “frosting” until it starts bubbling.

3. Let cool completely before touching (may take 1-2 hours…)

To complete the card, we use a big pearl (those are new, in the mini-catalogue p.26) colored with a red Sharpie marker, to make the cherry.  When I got back home, I decided to had a brown “cupcake paper”. I just cut a piece of “Chocolate Chip” card stock and ran it through the crimper and glue it in place. The little heart was cut from Calypso Coral card stock with the new Embosslits die “Fashionable Hearts”.

Stamp set: Sweet Cake (#125490)

Card Stock and paper: Calypso Cora, Pool Party, Whisper White, Chocolate chip, Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper (#125408)

Ink: Pool party

Tools and punches: Big Shot and Embosslits Die Fashionable Hearts (#125596), Perfect Polka dots embossing folder, crimper, 1 3/8″ Square punch (#119877), heat tool.

Accessories: Big Pearl, Red Sharpie marker, Multipurpose Liquid glue, White embossing powder, Dazzling Diamond glitters.


Packed for Birthday

I couldn’t post last night since we had no electricity!!! So here’s the card you should have had yesterday!  I used the new stamp “Packed for Birthday” from the Occasions mini-catalogue. Check it on p.39 along with the 3 others that complete the collection “Packed for everything”! You get a 25% discount when you buy the 4 together! The “Celebrate” is from a Sale-a-bration set called “Outlined Occasions” and you can get it for free when you buy for $60 or more, starting on January 24.

I used the Watercolor Wonder crayons to color the image and some markers too for the smaller details.  To add some dimension, I ran the Pacific Point rectangle though the crimper.  I like the texture it’s adding.

Stamp set: Packed for Birthday (#125746)

CS: Rich Razzleberry, Crush curry, Pacific Point, Whisper White

Ink: StazOn black ink, Stampin’ markers Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Watercolor Wonder crayons and blender pen

Tools and punches: 3/4 in, 1 in, 1-1/4 in circle punches, 2-1/2 in circle, crimper

Simply Scored Scoring Tool

I was really excited when I saw that Stampin’up came up with a new Scoring tool in the Holiday mini catalogue.  It’s now so easy to score your cards and 3-D projects.  The scoring really help you fold the paper where you need it, but there’s even more you can do with it!  For example, in this card, I scored a few lines all around to form a frame for the flowers.  See on the close-up…

To make the big flower, I punched out 5 circles with the 1″ circle punch and fold two sides of each circle to make like a triangle.  You can use the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to help with that too.  The small flower is made with six 3/4″ circles.    The leaves were fold in half and run through the crimper to give them some texture. You could use the Blossom Petals Builder punch to make your leaves, but since I don’t have it yet, I just draw them by hand and cut them with scissors.

Stamp set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Elegant Eggplant

Paper and CS: Pocketful of Poisies (#122354),  Whisper white, Garden Green, Baja Breeze, Concord Crush

Tools and punches: 1″ Circle punch (#119868), 3/4″ Circle (#119873), Simply scored Scoring Tool(#122334), crimper (#101618)