Beauty Abounds Team Swap

We are a young, growing team, at The Critters’n Ink, Critters’ Den. With the catalogue launch this past month, we decided to start a monthly swap, within our group. This is my contribution. I hope you like it.

We need to first, create our butterfly background piece. I did this using a piece of whisper white card stock 5 1/2 x 4 1/4, and using a Stampin’ Sponge, I used 4 different inks to create a coloured sheet. I then take the die of choice, from the Butterfly Beauty Dies, and cut out my butterfly, with my Big Shot.

I remove the bottom right butterfly, with my paper snips as that’s where I want my sentiment to go.

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I used the Tasteful Textile embossing folder to emboss another Whisper White (5 1/2 x 4 1/4), to use as the back ground for the butterfly.

I used mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, cut in half and smaller pieces, to elevate the butterfly element.

I layered this onto my card base (I used 4 different card base colours to reflect the colours I used to create the butterfly piece.) I used coordinating enamel dots to match the card base colour.

For the sentiment, I used white embossing powder on Basic Black card stock, then fussy cut it out and attached to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals

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May Paper Pumpkin Sneak Peak

A PEEK AT MAY’S PAPER PUMPKIN KIT
The upcoming May 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit is almost here,  and will feature the new 2020–2022 In Colors!! This means that Paper Pumpkin subscribers will be among the first to get their hands on new In Color products. And that’s just the beginning of things to love about this kit!
You won’t want to miss this!!

A Kit In Color

  • Kit contains supplies for 12 cards and envelopes
  • 8 cards are traditional size
    • Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
    • Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • 4 cards are note card size
    • Notecard size: 5″ x 3-1/2″ (12.7 x 8.9 cm)
    • Envelope size: 5-1/8″ x 3-5/8″ (13 x 9.2 cm)

Coordinating Colors: Bumblebee, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Misty Moonlight, Pumpkin Pie, and Purple Posy

 

Subscription Information

  • Subscribe for the May 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit from April 11–May 10 at paperpumpkin.com.
  • Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.

Say hi with Pedal to the Metal and Geared Up Garage

I made this card to say hello to my son, Ian, who is an essential worker in the Toronto area. He is an avid dirt biker and when he gets a day off, you can most often find him stirring up the dust on his bike.

The card base is Night of Navy, and the front matte is Crumb Cake. I stamped images from Geared Up Garage and the tire treads from Pedal to the Metal with VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder. I used the Stampin’ Sponge to smudge some crumb cake randomly on the card stock, and around the dirt bike image, which I die cut with the Stitched Nested Labels. I used the Classic Label Punch for the sentiment. I used Very vanilla for the dirt bike and sentiment.

The Gang’s all Meer “Hello”

Isn’t this the cutest card ever??  I saw this card on Pinterest, and I believe it was designed by Jana Paperdreams in Germany.  The stamp set is The Gang’s all Meer, which is a free stamp set during Sale-a-bration, which a $60 purchase.  The swirly die cut is from the Painted Labels Dies, which is bundled with the Painted Poppies, in the spring Mini-catalogue.  I also used the embossing folder from the Power of Hope bundle, which is also Sale-a-bration, free with a $120 purchase.

This card is quick and fun to make.  I hope you enjoy the video.  Don’t forget to subscribe, if you haven’t already and give me a thumbs up.  Many thanks.

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Happy Birthday to You

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This Sale-a-bration Stamp set can be yours, FREE with a $60 purchase. I’m very excited that as of February 4th, there will also be a die set available for this stamp set. Life is Good!!

Card Base – Basic Gray – 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 – score at 4 1/4″
Matte – Flirty Flamingo 4 x 5 1/4″
Card front – Whisper White -3 3/4′ x 5 “
Scrap Whisper White – cake stamp (fussy cut)

I used the 2″ circle punch to punch a circle from the Flirty Flamingo. It’s going to be covered with the Whisper White, so it doesn’t matter where you punch.

I then ran the Flirty Flamingo circle through the Big Shot, in the Scripty embossing folder. Because this is a 3D Embossing folder, you might want to consider purchasing the 3D embossing plate, as it eliminates the need for shims when running through the Big Shot. I can’t do without it.

I stamped the Cake stamp with Basic Gray, onto some Whisper White, coloured it with Light and Dark Flirty Flamingo, and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends, then fussy cut it out.

A little Wink of Stella, on the flowers,and voila!! I also used a bit of Wink with some basic gray ink, to highlight the cake.

I put the cake cut out on Stampin’ Dimensionals, to give the card some “oomph”.

Isn’t it beautiful?

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Retiring Products and Year End Closeout Sale Starts NOW @ Stampin’ Up!

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Our amazing Year-End Closeout has officially started! From now until January 2, stock up on retiring and surplus items at clearance prices, including holiday catalog items and stamp sets. Some of the items will sell out fast so if you see something you love, order it as soon as possible, so you don’t miss out. Some items are discounted, as well, so this is also a great time to surprise a crafty friend with supplies for Christmas. Click on the link to see all the available items for sale

December’s Something for Everything kit includes a super-versatile stamp set complete with 13 sentiments that can be used for occasions ranging from wedding, to get well, birthdays, and more! Plus, the three full-sized card designs (four of each) are gorgeous AND multiuse—making this kit super-easy to promote. Paper Pumpkin’s December kit makes it easier than ever to give a handmade card to a friend—no matter what the occasion!
PS – just a reminder that this month’s Paper Pumpkin delivery will be a bit late

Kit details: Makes 12 cards and envelopes
Card size: 4 1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
Coordinating colors: Crushed Curry, Grapefruit Grove, Old Olive, Shaded Spruce, Terracotta Tile

YouTube Growing Pains….

I’ve got two videos on my new YouTube channel. One is a video that I made back in August, as I was making little faceted boxes for my daughter’s baby shower. It took me a few months to publish the video and several hours to figure out how to do it – but here it is. Please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel…. I’d really appreciate it.

Crafting Forever

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Fun fold cards are just that – fun! This card is for all my crafty peeps, far and wide.

Card base – Crushed curry 5 1/2 x 4 1/4, plus scrap 1″ x 5 1/4, 2 x 2
whisper white – 9 1/2 x 5 1/4, score 2 1/2, 5 1/2, plus scrap

I cut the “ribbon” out of Crushed Curry card stock to match the card base, using the Arts and Craft Dies. Just a reminder, that if you purchase the Crafting Forever Stamps, and bundle with the Arts and Crafts Dies, you can save 10%.

Then I used one of the Layering Circle dies to create the window. Finally, I used the Button Button embossing folder, just on the front fold. If you embossed before you cut the circle, your embossing might flatten out a bit when you run the circle dies through the rollers of the die cutting machine.

I did all the stamping with Memento ink, and coloured the ribbon stamped image, with the Brights Stampin’ Write Markers.

The curvy little label (Crushed curry), is stamped then die cut.

After you stamp, you can fold and burnish your score lines, and attach the fun fold part to the Crushed curry back part of the card. This is a very quick card to make.


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Sailing Home Treat Box

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Just a simple pillow box for a treat for a gift card. The pillow boxes come in a 10 pack, and all you have to do is a quick embellishment, and VOILA, instant gift box! Bundle the Sailing Home Stamp set and the Smooth Sailing dies and receive 10% off. Also, check out the entire suite on page 145 of the Annual Catalogue

I used Balmy blue ink in the High Seas Embossing folder, then ran the Whisper white card stock through the Big Shot, to get the background. Stamped the Light house in Night of Navy and used the dies from the Sailing Home Bundle to cut out the lighthouse. Night of Navy ink on Crumb Cake completed the Sentiment and a little Night of Navy and Sahara Sand twine, knotted at the bottom .


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Mediterranean Delight

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I love this card. I received it after the ON Stage in Orlando, last year from a fellow demonstrator. Carolyn is part of my “greater” team (not sure where we connect, as we all stem from the same Upline, somewhere along the line.

I feel like I need to go somewhere where there’s wine, cheese, beautiful brick roads, lovely bistros… I could go on.

This card is made using the masking technique. I stamped the woman first, in the middle of the Whisper White card stock. I created a mask of her, by stamping the same image onto Post-it Removable label tape (Amazon). You need to cut the mask out, right on the lines, so that you don’t have any blank areas around her later. Once you have her cut out, place her exactly on top of the original stamp, then stamp the background right over her. I used the Mediterranean Moments Stamp set for the background. It’s a shame this set is retiring. I love it!!

When you remove the mask, it looks as if you magically stamped the background all around her. I used an aqua painter and the same colour of ink, as the card base to give her a little colour, then a very light water colour of the Soft Suede in the background for depth. I “winkified” her dress with Wink of Stella, for some pizzazz, while she was dancing on the Piazza.

I used the “friend” from the Waterfront Stamp set, because the font is fun!

Card Base – Bermuda Bay 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
Soft Suede – 4 x 5 1/4
Bermuda Bay – 3 x 4 1/4
Whisper White – 2 3/4 x 4


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