Friday, June 24, 2011

Bye Bye Stars

Happy Friday!
As I mentioned on yesterday's post it's Stampin Up's retirement time! They will be retiring a ton of products that you can order until June 30th. They do this to make room in the new catalog for a ton of new stuff!
One of the retiring sets is Seeing Stars. I used it on today's card. This is another card using the inlaid embossing technique! This easy technique gives your card a quilted look and is perfect for 4th of July cards/projects!
I have shared supplies and instructions to make this card below!

- 4x5.5 White Card Base
- (3) 1 inch circles punched from Riding Hood Red cardstock
- (1) 5/8 inch circle punched from Riding Hood Red cardstock
- (2) 5/8 inch circles punched from Not Quite Navy cardstock
- (1) 2 inch circle punched from Not Quite Navy Cardstock
- (1) 2.5 inch circle punched from Not Quite Navy cardstock
- Whisper White Cardstock
- Scrap Piece of Riding Hood Red Cardstock (Optional)
- Stars #2 Big Shot Die and Big Shot Machine
- Square Lattice Embossing Folder
- Scallop Oval Punch
- Scallop Oval Die and Movers and Shapers Die for the Big Shot (Optional)
- Ink in Riding Hood Red and Not Quite Navy
- Sentiment or You're Invitied from the Sincere Salutations Stamp Set
- Seeing Stars Stamp Set

1. Adhere your circles to the card front as shown in the photo above. (Use a glue stick to adhere the circles and stars for best results after embossing)
2. Die cut your stars out of Whisper White cardstock using the Stars #2 die.
3. Use temporary adhesive to adhere your stars to a flat stamping surface. Use the Stamp-a-ma-Jig to stamp your die cut stars with the Seeing Stars stamps. Adhere your stamped stars to the card as shown in the photo above.
4. Trim the excess cirlces and stars from the edges of the card. (I have a rotary blade trimmer and to trim I simply lay the card face down and trim the excess off)
5. Use a corner rounder to round the top right corner of the card. (Optional)
6. Place your card front into the Square Lattice embossing die and run through your Big Shot.
7. Use your Movers and Shapers die to cut out a scallop oval from your scrap piece of Riding Hood Red. (Optional)
8. Stamp your sentiment onto Whisper White and punch out with the Scallop Oval punch. Adhere onto the red scallop oval.
9. Use foam adhesive squares to adhere your sentiment onto the center of the largest star.
This card would be perfect for invtations to your 4th of July picnic! One of the best things about the Big Shot are the steel rule dies. These dies allow you to cut multiple layers of cardstock at one time! This is great when mass producing cards!
I hope you enjoyed today's card and the fun inlaid embossing technique!
If you have any questions about Stampin Up's retiring products, receiving a new catalog, or today's card send me an email at!
Have a super fab Friday!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bye Bye Animal Stories!

Well it's Stampin Up retirement time! The new catalog comes out July 1 and that means we will have to say buh bye to lots of stamp sets from the old catalog! Animals Stories is one of those sets. I've used it on cards here and here. I'll be a little sad to let it go, but there are so many new sets in the catalog I can't wait to use!
Today's card is a fun and colorful card we made in my Stamper's Night Out class on Tuesday night. My example is for a baby shower but this would be a perfect little birthday card!
My Stamper's Night Out girls loved the inlaid embossing technique we used for the circle background! I'll be sharing a 4th of July card with the same technique tomorrow!
Supplies and instructions for making this card are listed below!
- 5x6.5 inch card base in Kraft or Soft Suede
- 4.5x5.75 piece of Daffodil Delight Cardstock
- 4x5.25 piece of Whisper White Cardstock
- 3 different sizes of circles punched from Pear Pizazz, Pumpkin Pie, and Bashful Blue Cardstock
- 1x5 piece of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock
- 2x4.75 Piece of Whisper White Cardstock
- 2.25x5 Piece of Pear Pizazz Cardstock
- Scrap Piece of Whisper White Cardstock
- Animal Stories Stamp Set
- Bubble Stamp from the Summer Splash stamp set (Optional)
- Sentiment Stamp (Mine is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set)
- Ink in Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Pear Pizazz
- Modern Label Punch
- Border Punch
- Square Lattice Embossing Folder and Big Shot Machine

1. Adhere your circles to the largest piece of Whisper White cardstock with liquid adhesive or a glue stick. (This will help the pieces stay down after you emboss them) Run through your Big Shot using the Square Lattice die to emboss.
2. Adhere your embossed piece to the piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock and adhere to the front of your card.
3. Punch the strip of Pumpkin Pie with your border punch and adhere to the bottom portion of the card.
4. Using the Stamp-a-ma-Jig, stamp your animals onto the medium sized piece of Whisper White cardstock. Cut two slits on either side of your giraffe's neck and tie a ribbon through it. (Optional)
5. Adhere the stamped piece onto the piece of Pear Pizazz cardstock and adhere to the front of your card with foam adhesive squares.
6. Stamp your sentiment onto the scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and punch out using the Modern Label punch. Stamp the corners with the bubble stamp. (Optional)
7. Adhere to the bottom portion of your card front with foam adhesive squares.
This sweet card looks complicated to make, but it is very easy. The colors could easily be changed to suit the event or to make the card feminine!
I'll be sharing another card using this fun technique tomorrow!
As always if you have any questions about this card just send me at email at!