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Stay-at-Home Saturday, on a Friday

Yes… I know today isn’t Saturday. However, I had sent a few elements to customers and friends, with the idea that I would use them in a Stay-at-home Saturday project. I told them to tune in today, mistakenly thinking today would be a Saturday. So, I decided to post the Stay-at-home projects today anyway, and give you a post tomorrow. (Hint: it’s appropriate for the holiday!)

I gave out pieces of the Forever Gold specialty DSP. I have bought other laser-cut paper before, but this time around, it’s much easier to use. I think it’s because all of the elements, including backgrounds, are cut and ready for you to pull out. The previous papers required you to trim them apart, and well, entropy happens (which means it didn’t get used).

Each person got a background piece, a label with leaves or a wreath, and a corner strip.

Cards 1, 2, and 3:

I started with the background piece. Most of them are a solid pattern, with one being just a frame. It measures 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″, which means it was perfect for using on a notecard.

I found that the backgrounds worked best as an overlay with solid (or gradient) colors, rather than a pattern.

I decided to make three different versions because I couldn’t decide on which color to use. 🙂

I kept it simple, with just one embellishment.

Background: Cinnamon Cider

Sentiment: from Forever Fern in Cinnamon Cider on Bumblebee cardstock

Accent: Gold glimmer dot

Background: Misty Moonlight

Sentiment: from Free as a Bird in Misty Moonlight on Very Vanilla

Accent: dimensional flower with Small Bloom punch

Background: Just Jade

Sentiment: from Forever Fern in Just Jade on Very Vanilla

Accent: Bumblebee enamel dot and Bumblebee butterflies from Beauty Abounds

Card 4:

This card makes use of the label or wreath. I used a wreath, because I gave away the labels.

I placed three 1″ x 4″ strips of DSP behind the wreath, and placed a label on top of the wreath. Simple, yet effective, plus it uses up scraps from other crafting. This will also work with the labels, instead of the wreath.

Card 5:

This card uses the corner strip I gave out. It’s actually the waste piece from all of the background pieces. I can’t take complete credit for this idea, though. Rachel Tessman used it on some cards, and I thought it was a great idea. Of course, I had to use it my own way.

I cut the corner piece so that it measures 3-1/2″ x 5″. I added it on a slight slant to my card base first, then added a 4″ x 5″ piece of DSP next to it. (Trim off the excess.) It makes a great border! You can add the border to the card base so that it’s straight, as well. Just depends on your preference.

The sentiment is stamped on a waste piece of a label I cut off from another project. As you can see, I really like keeping scraps!

I hope those of you who got these pieces from me were able to play along. I may do this again next month. Tune in on Saturday, August 1 for the next Stay-at-home Saturday. 🙂

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Leaves in Non-Green

With the Forever Greenery DSP, in all the different shades of green, it’s easy to get stuck on the idea that leaves all have to be some shade of green. Okay, maybe you would expand a bit and go for a neutral.

I took the idea that Helen Read showed for the Forever Fern stamp set, and took a stab at her different color scheme.

Stamp: Forever Fern, Free as a Bird

Ink: Basic Gray, Flirty Flamingo, So Saffron

Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Basic Gray, Whisper White, So Saffron

Accessories: Rhinestone basic jewels, Classic label punch

That came out better than I thought! I had stamped on the Whisper White piece when it was 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ and then cut it down. Fortunately, I had stamped in such a way that nothing “important” got cut off. 🙂

I used different stamps in different colors, but I love how my version came out. And, as you may notice, I seem to like putting a small sentiment strip somewhere, anchored with a rhinestone/pearl/enamel dot.

Not content to leave it there (although, I do love this version), I decided to substitute Mint Macaron for Flirty Flamingo.

Sentiment: Peaceful Moments

Punch: Rectangular Postage Stamp punch

This time, I stamped with the Whisper White piece already at 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″. I ended up placing elements a little too far to the middle. Hence, the different sentiment in a different spot. Still works, though, right?

These stamps have nice detail to them. I just sigh everytime I stamp with them.

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Bonus Days are Here!

For every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax) in July, you will receive a $5 coupon to use on an order in August (4-31)!

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There is no limit to the number of coupons you can earn.

Coupons can be redeemed from August 4 to August 31.

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Using More Bits

I had more waste bits from the Best Plaid builder dies that I wanted to use. I don’t know why I feel compelled to save some of the little pieces. Do you? (I thought it would be madness to keep the little pieces that create the diagonal bits of the pattern, so those went into the trash. Although, I’m sure there will be a use for them … someday.)

Card 1:

This one took a little bit of thinking. I had a general idea of using the small “squares” as accents to a block of some sort. But, it took a while before the idea came together.

Note: again, these are not true squares. They are just under 1/2″ in one direction and just over 1/2″ in the other.

I placed the pieces such that the longer dimension went left-right.

Card 2:

Don’t see any bits that look like they are from plaid? This card uses the cardstock shim that I used to die cut the bigger pattern. I discovered that the cardstock shim ended up with subtle embossing!

Here’s a closeup so you can see the embossing, as well as the stacked “happy” diecuts.

I think this embossed piece would also work well to create a baby card background. Alas, I don’t have any current stamp sets (yet) that are appropriate. So, I’ll leave that idea for another time. 🙂

See, sometimes it’s okay to hang onto the waste bits from die cutting. Just make sure you eventually use them. 🙂

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Save those Bits!

When I die cut the different plaid pieces for the cards I showed this week, of course I kept some of the leftover bits! (I wish I had kept all, but I was in a hurry for the Father’s Day card….) I kept the pieces that are square-ish. I discarded the smalll plaid bits and any pieces along the edges from the stripe piece.

The larger pieces from the stripe die cut are about 1″. They are NOT symmetrical, just be aware when you are gluing things down (the standard “ask me how I know” warning). One side is just under 1″ and the other direction is just over 1″.

I suppose I should have kept all of the waste pieces from the brass foil sheets, but I wasn’t thinking (they can be used for smaller die cuts, for example). But, that is what convinced me to save the waste pieces.

Card 1:

This is the first card I finished, but not the card I started with. Wow, isn’t it amazing what a convoluted path you end up taking when making a card?

I dont’ usually tell stories, or overly elaborate explanations of my card process. But, I thought it was funny, so want to know what happened?

  • I started with the landscape orientation.
  • I picked Seaside Spray as a card base, with a piece of Misty Moonlight DSP.
  • I added a pattern to the squares (not these).
  • I punched flowers.
  • I stamped different patterns on the flowers.
  • I tried butterflies next.
  • I swapped out the squares for the Brass foil squares.
  • I changed the color of the butterflies.
  • I changed the card base to Bumblebee, and the DSP to Cinnamon Cider (all the warm colors go so well together!)
  • I changed the orientation of the card to portrait.

I like the result! 🙂

Card 2:

Not willing to toss the card base, DSP strip, and squares I started with earlier, I thought of other elements to put on the squares. I decided upon an old standby: spelling out a word or phrase. I used the new Playful Alphabet dies for the letters and the Stitched Be Mine dies for the heart. Love!

These two cards show that you can easily incorporate squares into your card designs. Having them pre-cut makes it even easier.