How do you make a card for someone you don’t know?

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Hello Peeps,

I’m glad you’re back. This time I was faced with the challenge of making a card for someone I haven’t met. When I enrolled as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I also signed up for the birthday list. All teammembers are free to sign up to make a birthday card for everyone who has signed up too. So now the first birthday was coming up and I know nothing about her except her name and the fact that she is a Stampin’ Up demonstrator too. I don’t know how old she is, what she likes or dislikes, her favourite colour or animal. No idea. So what theme do you give a card in such a case? Well, I used my new stamp set Letters for You. I chose this as one of two free stamp sets because I singed up during Sale-a-bration. It is the most expensive set in the cataloque but the font is beautiful! It isn’t just grreat on cards but because of it’s size, it is perfectly suited for use in my scrapbook albums too. I can see a great many possibilities with this set, how about you?

 

This is what the card looks like. It is a combination of the Letters for You and the Crazy about You stamp sets. The latter has unfortunately been retired but it did make a cute combination with the other. The base of the card is half of an A4 sheet of Whisper White cardstock which I scored and folded in half. The top pannel is also a piece of Whisper White cardstock. The mat that breaks up the two white layers is a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock. I used the same colour to stamp the letters of the name. The flowers in the background and the strips of paper onto which I stamped HAPPY BIRTHDAY are in the colour Crisp Cantaloure (which was one of the in-colors of 2013-2015). I used VersaMark to stamp the words HAPPY and BIRTHDAY onto the strips and covered them with ewhite embossing powder, which I melted. I hope Mary likes this card as much as I do. Hopefully I will be able to send the next person a 100% current Stampin’ Up card, eventhough it was fun to use an older set. Some stamps remain fun and the Crazy about You set has such versatile, neutral words combined with simple graphic flowers, they will remain pretty.

What is a timeless stamp set you own? I would love to read about it in the comments below.

 

See you next time,

Leonie


Metallic Happy Birthday card

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Hello Peeps,

Not so long ago, I was browsing through my craft supplies. This was because I wanted to reacquaint myself with all the fun things I had, after my pregnancy stop. One of the things, which I really haven’t played with enough, was my Minc machine. It’s a kind of laminator by Heidi Swapp that you use to apply foil to different surfacees. The foil adheres to toner ink. There are lots of pre-printed products to which you can add the foil and the foil itself is also available in a rainbow of colours. And so this card was made, for my friends birthday

The starting point of this card was the sheet of papier with the triagle print from the Minc Paper Pad 370178. I ran this through my Minc machine, according to the instructions, to apply a layer of silver foil. Next I wanted some simple embellisments. The Crazy About You stamp set by Stampin’ Up and the matching Thinlits set Hello You were perfect. I stamped the flower twice in Calypso Coral ink by Stampin’ Up and once more in Blushing Bride ink by Stampin’ Up. The lighter flower was fussy cut with a little white border around the edge and the two darker ones were cut to a smaller size but also with a little white border. The leaves were stamped in Mint Macaron ink by Stampin’ Up and were alse fussy cut with a thin white border. I diecut the word happy from some Mint Macaron cardstock by Stampin’ Up once and another 3 times from some Crafter’s Companion Neenah Solar White. I glued the layers on top of one another using glossy accents in order to create a sturdy element. On a scrap piece of Calypso Coral cardstock by Stampin’ Up I stamped the word BIRTHDAY in VersaMark ink. I covered it with silver embossing powder by Rayher and melted it with my heattool. I cut the ends at an angle. To accentuate the silver, I cut a panel of Made by ME Metallic Paper in zilver to the same size as my Made by ME cardbase and attached the foiled piece to it at an angle. I cut off the overhanging excess and attached the flowers, leaves and words. Everything was adhered using glossy accents or foamtape in order to give it some more depth.

 

I think it turned out to me a very elegant card, for someone who I regard to be a very elegant lady. Playing with the metallics was a bit outside of my comfort zone. I easily get scared that it would be to bold, but I think this turned out quite tastefully. Besides, a little bling is fun. What do you think of metallics on cards? Too much or a must-have?

 

 

Ik vind het een heel elegant kaartje geworden, voor iemand die ik een hele elegante vrouw beschouw. Het spelen met metallics was voor mij wel buiten mijn comfortzone. Ik ben snel bang dat het dan te opvallend wordt, maar dit vond ik heel smaakvol. En een beetje bling blijft leuk. Wat vind jij van metallics op een kaart? Te schreeuwerig of iets dat niet mag ontbreken?

See you next time,

Leonie


Latte Fun Birthday Card

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Hello Peeps,

Do you find it difficult to make cards for men? Do you find them boring because you are limited in your colour palet and the choice of stamps? This time, thankfully, I didn’t have that problem. A friend of ours birthsay was coming up and since he enjoys a good cup a Joe, it was easy to choose stamps and colours. There are so many different coffee and tea sets out at the moment that there was a flood of products to choose from. For me things only started to get difficult when it was time to turn it into and interesting card. I think I managed to give it a surprising twist.

On a piece of kraft paper by Craft Unlimited I stamped the coffee cup from the Fresh Brewed Blueprints stampset by Stampers Anonymous and Tim Holts, using Early Espresso ink by Stampin’ Up. I gave it some colour using my Distress Markers in the colours Picket Fence, Old Paper, Tea Dye, Pumice Stone, Faded Jeans, Shabby Shutters and Weathered wood. On another piece of kraft paper by Craft Unlimited I stamped the Triangle Turnabout stamp by Concord & 9th using my MISTI. To do this I used Stampin’ Up ink in Tip Top Taupe, Baked Brown Sugar and Soft Suede. I stamped the fourth impression with VersaMark in order to be able to sprinkle gold embossing powder by Raher over it and melt it with my heatttool. I used the third largest rectangle die from the CLNest XXL nr 36 set to cut the triangles paper to size and the sixth smallest to cut out the coffee cup. Because I needed some contrast between the layers, I cut a piece of paper with a woodgrain print with the sixth largest die from the CLNestXXL nr 36 dieset. The paper was from a 6×6 paperpad from Simple Stories Daily Grind collection. Because I still missed something, I decided to add a coffee filter as a layer. The ribbed edges gave it some more texture and interest. All of the layers are attached with ATG to the Made by ME kraft card base with the exception of the focal image. It really pops because it is attachted with foamtape. As a finishing touch, I glued some wood veneer stars from Xenos to the card using glossy accents.

And that’s how you get a fun, masculine birthday card with a touch of sparkle because of the golden triangles in the background. The addition of the coffe filter is unexpected but in this case, very appropriate and humorous. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever added to a card?

See you next time,

Leonie


Magical Unicorn Card

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Hello Peeps,

One of my daughters friends birthdays was coming up. My daughter has known her since daycare and now, in primary school, they are still friends, eventhough they aren’t in the same class. This girl LOVES unicorns so when I saw the Magical Unicorn stampset, I had to buy it, to make a card for her.

I enjoyed using a colour combination set by a challenge blog last time, which is why I used this colour combination from the My Favorite Things Challenge: Stone Gray, Blueberry, Berrylicious en Bubblegum. However, because I don’s have any MFT ink, I adjusted it to similar colours Tim Holtz Distress ink: Pumice Stone, Blueprint Sketch, Tumbled Glass en Spun Sugar. The blue isn’t as bold as the original combination but I still think the card looks very cute.

On a piece of Whisper White cardstock by Stampin’ Up, I stamped all the images from the set. Next, I used the second largest rectangle die from the CreaLies CLNest XXL nr. 36 set to cut 3 panels. By playing with the placement of the clouds and using both sides of the panel, I was able to create 4 layers of paper using the Puffy Cloud Border dies. I used Distress Ink in the colours Tumbled Glass and Spun Sugar and my mini ink blending tool to give the cloudy background a magical look. I coloured the images using all four colours and my waterbrush. Eventually I decided not to use all the unicorns as it would be too busy. I fussy cut the images and ran them through my Xyron Stickermaker to give them a sticky layer on the back. After that I played around with the placement of the elements and choose where to stamp the sentiment, which I did using VersaFine Onyx Black and Tim Holtz Distress In in Blueprint Sketch. Next I attached the images. Some are flat to the page, while others are attached using foam tape to give some more depth to the card. I attached the panels to one another using my ATG gluegun. The front panel is attached using foamtape. To finish it off I used my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to add some sparkle to some of the elements. You can’t see it that well in the photo’s, but it’s very pretty in real life.

She was very happy with the card when she opened it at the school gate. It’s fun to see the reaction to something that was made so specifically and especially for someone.

If you have any questions or comments, I would love to read them in the section below the post.

See you next time,

Leonie


Circles Crocodile Card

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Hello Peeps,

This time I was inspired by a colour combination from the ColorThrowdown challenge blog. The colours were bright blue, bright green and white (CDT460). An ideal colour combination for a boy celebrating his second birthday. I did have to struggle a little to find an interesting layout, but I really think this card worked out nicely.

I started by applying double-sided tissuetape to the back of a scrap piece of white paper and to four different pieces of green paper. This is so it would be easier to puzzle everything back together, after I diecut it using the Large Ringlets die by Memory Box. I removed the paper from the dies very carefully, trying to keep it all in tact as much as I could. Because the shape was quite large, I decided to cut away a few of the cirkels from the white outline. I proceded to stick the white outline to a white cardbase, using the outside (negative) shape to minimise the warping of the cirkels. Now it was merely a matter of puzzling the green circles into the outline, making sure no two of the same green paper are next to each other. From another piece of white paper I diecut the third smallest circle die from the CreaLies CLNestXXL nr.33 dieset. I stamped the crocodile from Wild For You on to it and used a black pen to give him a partyhat and a balloon. I coloured the image using Wild Wasabi and Pacific Point ink by Stampin’ Up and my waterbrush. From a scrap of blue paper I cut a bannerstrip on to which I stamped the sentiment happy birthday from the Happy Everything stampset by Lawn Fawn with VersaMark ink. I covered it with Super Fine Detail embossingpowder by Ranger in white and melted the powder. I tried out where to place it and cut it to size and gave it a flagged end. I attached the circle with the crocodile to the card using some foamtape as well as the sentiment.

All in all it is a reasonably simple card. Only the puzzling of the circles took some time. The result is pretty and those who have seen the card all ask the same thing: how did you do that background with the circles?

Should you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below.

See you next time,

 

Leonie


Gift Card Holder

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My niece, who just had her birthday, wanted a gift card for her favourite clothes store. As it happens, I have the perfect die set to make a fun card for such an occasion. And on the topic of clothing, the Loads of Fun stamp set by Lawn Fawn would be ideal to decorate the card. Unfortunately I was unable to attend her party in person, so I didn’t see her reaction to the card, but I’m assuming she liked it.

This was the front of the card.

And this is the inside. The gift card is underneath the flap.

To start of with I cut a panel to the same size as the card. In to this I cut the largest flap of the Lift the Flap dies. I stamped and masked the Dryer Sheets, next the Suds and finished by stamping the clothes hamper. Then I stamped the sentimant. The top part is in VersaFine Onyx Black ink, just as the images and the bottom part is in Lawn Fawn Mermaid ink. On the front of the card I stamped the images and only used a mask for the clothes hamper. I drew the washline with a black pen so I could stamp the clothes on it. Next I coloured everything using my waterbrush and Stampin’ Up ink in the colours Sahara Sand, Coastal Cabana, Watermelon Wonder and Rich Razzleberry. I adhered the gift card to the inside of the card and glued the panel on top of it. I cut off any overhanging paper using my scissors. I put a few drops of Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue on the bottom corners of the flap because I noticed it kept wanting to open. Finally I put some Wink of Stella clear glitter over the bubbles in the washing machine.

 

What a fun way to give a gift card, don’t you think?

See you next time,

Leonie


Happy Hippo’s Pop-Up Box Card

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Hello Peeps,

Today I’ll share the card I made for my niece. She just turned 15 so the card couldn’t be too childish. I hope she liked it. In any case, I thought it was cute.

I started by cutting an A4-sized piece of Whisper White cardstock by Stampin’ Up in two. I used one of the halves to die cut the base of the box and the in between bit out of twice, using the Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up dies. I stamped all the images of the Happy Hippo’s set and the letters I, L, S and E and the numbers 1 and 5 from Quinn’s ABC’s and 123’s on the other half of the cardstock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and my MISTI. Next I coloured all the images using a waterbrush and Stampin’ Up ink in the colours Smoky Slate, Tip Top Taupe, Strawberry Slush, Daffoldil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz. Then it was time to assemble the box. To do this I used my red line tape and my tim Holtz/Tonic scissors. That thing is ideal because it has a Teflon coating on the blades so nothing will stick to it. I decorated the box by adhering the differen elements using a dot roller or foamsquares. I did miss something on the front panel so I drew the line and flags with a black pen and coloured the flags in the same way I coloured all the other images. As a finishing touch I applied some Wink of Stella clear glitter to the frosting on the cupcakes, the partyhats, the ribbon on the gift, the balloons, the cake, the letters and numbers It doesn’t photograph well, but in real life it looks very pretty and subtle.

 

What kind of card would you send a teenager? Where do you draw the line between cute and childish?

I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below this post.

See you next time,

Leonie