Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Easy Step Card Tutorial using Stampin' Up!'s Whole Lot of Lovely Papers

This card features the charming Whole Lot of Lovely Papers from Stampin' Up! and is oh, so easy to make.   The flower diecuts and sentiment are from the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle.  

I have done a quick video, showing you how to cut the card base and layer the designer papers.  It really is a very easy card to make, but creates a great "keep me out forever" type stand up card that is sure to make the recipient smile.

I have included the template and instructions for the base on this post.    I can just imagine all the fun themes, from summer birthdays, to thinking of you, to Christmas.  This style card will surely become a treasured keepsake. 

Please, have fun creating your own Step Cards.  It really is addictive!
Molly D 
Beautiful Bouquet Bundle.  
Layering Circle Framelits Dies
Layered Circle Dies

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tab Labels for Stampin' Up! Catalog

Okay, it may seem just a little over the top, but I spent a few minutes recently and made myself some Tabs for the newest Stampin Up! catalog.

Using the Circle Tab Punch, I cut out the tabs for the pages that I own something on.  I used Lemon Lime Twist for most.  Berry Burst was used for the pages that featured papers and colors.  Then, just sprinkled in a few Soft Sky for Embellishments  and Ribbon pages, and Tranquil Tide for Tools and Basics

Originally, I typed just the titles I owned, but retyped the set combining front and back names, since I seem to be adding all to quickly to my stash.  

I got the original idea from a wonderful demonstrator's video by Connie Stewart.  Her labels are very clean, organized and I love the type she used.  When it came to making mine, I found I wanted a bit more info, so my labels are not as clean looking as hers, since the type sizes vary.  But they are really helping me find things much quicker.  

Now I need to tell you, I used my Silhouette to cut mine out.  I wanted to adhere adhesive backed sheets before I cut and didn't want to gum up my circle punch.  
Plus, I find the Silhouette got the job done in a fraction of the time.  That's why the background is gray. It made it easier for me to use the trace feature for cutting.  The labels are arranged on the sheet to allow room for Silhouette registration marks as well. 
If you use a Silhouette and would like the file, just let me know.  Plus, you could change out the names you would prefer to use.  

Well, anyhow, I am enjoying my new tabs, and want to thank Connie for her inspiration and generosity in sharing!  She has a link on her video, if  you would like to download hers.  Just love them!

Circle Tab Punch143754

Punches are a quick and easy way to add interest and depth to your projects. And there’s no better way to cut out stamped images—many of our stamp sets have coordinating punches. Fold over the punched-out piece to create a tab that can then be stamped on. Use tabs for organizing, gift packaging, gift tags, and more.

* Our punches are high quality, affordable, and easy to use
* Sleek body style
* Large surface area offers precise cutting and leverage
* Locks to store
* Slim and stackable

Have fun crafting!
Molly D

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Having fun with Touches of Textures Stamp Set

The Touches of Texture stamp set from Stampin' Up! is so much fun to play with.  From the sophisticated, impressionist florals to the grungy, yet delicate accent stamps, it is a very rich palette of styles that allow you to create beautiful cards with lots of depth and texture. 

I had so much fun playing with these, I did a video to share just how easy it was.

This set is so large it takes two boxes to hold it.  And each and every stamp in it is sure to become a favorite to be used over and over again.  

Once i got started making these Thank You cards, I just couldn't stop.  I used several colors including:  Flirty Flamingo, Berry Burst, Daffodil Delight, Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum and Calypso Coral.  

I started by cutting a card base of each color.  I just cut each into half, leaving me with two pieces, each 5 1/2" tall by 8 1/2" wide.  Then I scored at 4 1/4" and used my bone folder to get a sharp crease.

From Very Vanilla cardstock, I cut layers for the inside of each card, 4" wide by 5 1/4" tall.
Also from the Vanilla cardstock I cut two pieces for the front of the cards. 
One piece was approximately 2 3/4" wide by 5" tall.  That was the layer  I used to stamp the flowers and accent stamps onto.  The other piece was just 1" by 3".  I used the Thank You stamp from the Daisy Delight Stamp set.

Then on most of the cards I used Old Olive cardstock to cut the backing for the layers.
Those pieces would be 3" wide by 5 1/4" tall and 1 1/4" by 3 1/4" for the smaller background behind the thank you.  

Each card base was first stamped in the matching color ink with floral stamps to give it a subtle print.  Then the same ink colors were used to stamp the flowers and most of the grunge stamps.  I did use Crumb Cake to stamp the little jumbled alphabet stamp, just to add a more grungy look on some of the cards.  No two are alike.  I just had fun stamping and playing with the colors.  

So take a minute and enjoy the video.  And be sure to visit my Stampin' Up! store.  I named my store and Facebook page escapetoinspiration, and I hope this set will inspire you to just take some time to play with color and get a little inky.

Have fun crafting!
Molly D

Carols of Christmas Cards

 I know I say it too often, but this newest set from Stampin' Up! is one of my favorites!    I just love the vintage typography on the greetings  And their larger size helps add a pop of fun to a card in a hurry.

As an independent demonstrator for Stampin' Up! I was able to purchase the stamp and die set below it's official launch. 
And boy oh boy, am I glad I did.

Both of the over sized sentiments are just perfect for cards, but as a scrapbooker I love them.  They will both be perfect for page titles or embellishment pieces on any holiday layout.  

The two different stamped background papers you see on the cards were made using some great background stamps.  One is the Brushstrokes stamp and the other is the Diagonal Stripe.  

These two stamps are going to get a lot of mileage over the next few months.  I can just see  them in fall colors, copper embossing, done in dramatic ombre effects. 
I just can't wait to play more with these sets.

I will definitely be doing some more projects and videos using these fun new additions to my stash!  Please visit My Stampin' Up! store for any of your Stampin' Up! needs.  The Carols of Christmas sets won't be available for just a little while yet.  But that shouldn't stop you from getting ahead on making some easy and colorful backgrounds with these great background stamps.
Brushstrokes Clear-Mount Background Stamp
Brushstroke Stamp

Diagonal Stripe Clear-Mount Stamp
Diagonal Stripe

Just wanted to quickly share what I had fun creating today.  Hope you enjoy.

Have fun crafting!
Molly D

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Easy Watercolor Background Techniques using Stampin' Up! Inks

Oh my gosh golly, I have been having too much fun playing with all the new inks and colors from Stampin' Up!  And while I love these great products, these techniques would probably work with other die based inks.  Just want to warn you, it's pretty addictive.  And you may get a little color on yours hands...of course, I consider that an added bonus, lololol.
So, anywho, here are a few closeups of some of the cards I made with the backgrounds. The how-to video is posted above.  I loved using the rich inks from Stampin' Up!.  The colors are so vibrant and intense.  I hope you enjoy. 

Dragonfly Dreams Photopolymer Stamp SetDetailed Dragonfly Thinlits DiesThe gorgeous dragonflies you see on several of the items are made with the gorgeousDetailed Dragonfly Dies and Dragonfly Dreams Stamps.  I just love using these.  I haven't even played with largest one or the bee yet!  Just can't wait!

And if you are interested in any of these items, be sure to visit my online store HERE.

 So, as always...have fun crafting!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

 I made two quick and easy Z Fold cards yesterday, using the Big on Birthday Stamps and Delightful Daisies Designer Series Papers.  Just wanted to share with you how super duper easy making fun fold cards can be. I've attached the video so you can see just how simple making these cards is!

This fold is one of the easiest I have seen, yet lets you use bits and pieces of designer paper, to give it a "wow" impact.  And even as easy as this it to make, the fold and surprise reveal gives it a pop of fun for the receiver.  

The Stamp set, Big on Birthdays, is super fun and
Big On Birthdays Photopolymer Stamp SetDelightful Daisy Designer Series Paperjust as the name implies, has big, bold stamps that pack a punch.  But, it also has great smaller stamps to round out your birthday message. See it in the catalog HERE!

And if you haven't already seen the gorgeous new Delightful Daisies papers, here's a quick peek.  Be sure to check out the great collection HERE!

Collection has great papers, stamps and an incredible punch that you will love!

I hope you enjoy making some fun, fancy fold cards and be sure to Follow and Like my Facebook page  HERE!

Thank you so much for stopping in, and as always...have fun crafting!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Scrapbook Layout using Whole Lot of Lovely from Stampin' Up!

True story. I wanted to make some cards with this gorgeous paper collection from Stampin' Up! Took out everything I thought I would need, the Lovely Friends stamp set and the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Papers and some matching solid papers and inks. .And about an hour later, I ended up with this scrapbook layout. 

If you haven't seen my latest video on Youtube, I shared the news that I have become an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  What does that mean?  I originally signed onto a team to get a discount on my Stampin' Up! orders.  Easy to do and no strings attached.  But once I got my first two orders in, I admit it, I was hooked.  

Yes, I know, I have a craft room overflowing with beautiful papers and supplies.  So why order from Stampin' Up! ?   The papers!  The quality!  The colors!  Everything is so beautifully coordinated and great quality.  

I have been having fun the last two days making some cards and this quick layout.  And wanted to share my excitement with you.  I will be doing a tutorial on some cards using this paper line and stamps soon.  But I couldn't wait to share this layout.  Just so cheery and bright.  

If you are interested in shopping in my Stampin' Up! store, the link is HERE.

And please follow my Facebook page...escapetoinspiration HERE .

Oh well, the night is young...off to making some cards now...teeheehee.
Have fun crafting!
Molly D