What is the meaning of DIY? Do It Yourself!
Create your own birthday card with some pretty paper, stamps, and imagination. This was the card design and coordinating envelope we made at the Handmade Box Class last weekend, which was a big hit! Plus everyone learned how to make these fabulous double bows!
Featuring two patterned paper designs from the Modern Medley Designer Paper collection, this card has a bold and dramatic look. The focal greeting is from Really Good Greetings (w-130330/c-130333), but I think the real stars of the show are the tickets from That’s the Ticket (w-131946/c-128075), a fun stamp set that you can use on just about any card.
To break up the neutral palette a bit I added a pop of color with some Strawberry Slush Ruffle Stretch Trim and card stock.
This would also make a cute Mother’s Day card since there’s so birthday sentiment on it.
As always, you can just click on the photo for a closer look.
What do you think?
You can easily make homemade Easter cards with the Two Step Owl Punch. This darling paper punch art peep was created using Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White card stock, with some Basic Black for those adorable eyes. I gave him a little bit of a “lift” with some sponging and Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Here’s a little secret: The “comb” on top was added by punching a foot out in Daffodil Delight.
Click on the photo for a better view.
I’m so happy with how this Easter card came out… simple and sweet. Maybe I’ll make a paper Easter basket and pop a bunch of these little guys in there. How cute would that be?
Continuing with what I believe to be the most versatile of all the Stampin’ Up! punches, how about using the Two Step Owl Punch to make St. Patrick’s Day greeting cards? Dress him up in green for good luck and send him on his way!
This card is for my son (who saves all of my homemade greeting cards). I searched traditional Irish blessings to find just the right one. When I finally did I printed it on copy paper, mounted it on card stock, and attached it to the card. It reads:“May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night.”
Of course there’s a little bit of paper punch art by assembling the owl, and then the “pot” for the “gold” is the body of another owl, trimmed along the top and bottom with other punches. Can you guess what Stampin’ Up! punch I used for the hat?
I assembled the clover using the Small Heart Punch, although I think I could have brought them in closer together… and probably should have added another to make it a four-leaf clover, right?
I didn’t have any Gold Glitter Paper on hand so I used the Champagne Glitter Paper. I think it works just fine, although you can’t see much of the sparkle in the picture. You can click on the picture for a closer view.
Which reminds me, sorry for the photos I’ll be showing this week, my photography skills seem to have left me… hopefully temporarily!
All the supplies used on this St. Patrick’s Day card are shown below:
I recently had someone ask me: What is the most versatile punch in the catalog? While I assured her that all of our punches can be very versatile when coming up with your own Stampin’ Up! card ideas, I wasn’t satisfied with that answer. So, it got me thinking: What IS the most versatile punch we sell? I’ve come up with my answer. What’s yours?
What’s my answer?
After quite a bit of thought I’ve decided it’s the Owl Builder Punch! You may have another opinion, but what CAN’T you do with him? Not only can you dress that little guy up in all sorts of outfits, he can morph into animals and all sorts of creative things. He’s a chameleon for sure! And over the next week or so I will be showcasing a number of paper punch art ideas you can use this punch for, so be sure and check back in!
I designed this dramatic yet easy card for a friend of mine who is leaving one career to start another. I used the Owl Punch body to create a tulip for the focal point. I also used a circle punch to help fashion the petals from the body, but it was quite simple to do.
The tulip is mounted on card stock I cut using the Big Shot and the Deco Labels Collection. The greeting is from Really Good Greetings (w-130330/c-130333), and the polka dot patterned paper is from… you guessed it!… Modern Medley Designer Paper.
What do YOU think is the most versatile punch in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog?
Leave your ideas below.
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Start making envelopes that coordinate with your beautiful cards with the Envelope Punch Board. You can make up to 66 different sizes! Plus you can make so many other things with it: file folders, tags, books, and more!
See what it can do below.
You may have missed this little gem since it’s not in the catalog. It will be in next year’s Stampin’ Up! Catalog, but why wait?
Start making custom envelopes for all your handmade cards now.
I’m having a class this weekend in Maple Valley, WA where we will be making this handmade box and a yet-to-be-designed card… I’m sure it will be beautiful! :-) The class is at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday March 1st., the cost is $15, and all supplies are included.
You have two days left to sign up for this class. There are only four spots left, and if you’d like to attend be sure and contact me to reserve your spot and get all the details.
Making flip cards has truly never been easier with the Circle Card Thinlits Die and the Label Card Thinlits Die. A piece of card stock ran through your Big Shot with your die and — voila! — you’re ready to decorate!
You’ll notice the butterflies are back. -) It’s one of the stamps in Backyard Basics (w-129255/c-129258), stamped on one of the designs from the Watercolor Wonder Designer Paper collection and then cut out. Super quick!
The greeting is from Happy Watercolor (w-133188/c-133191), featured on page 22 in the Occasions Stampin’ Up! Catalog, and was also stamped on the same patterned paper design. The flower and watercolor “wash” came from the same stamp set.
I sponged around all the edges so the background wasn’t so one-dimensional.
You may have noticed this card has an extra panel added to it. That’s because I started with a longer piece of card stock and slipped the long end up through the back of the die so it wasn’t cut, but creased instead. I’ll have to dig my video equipment out and make a video one of these days… if I can find everything!
Pick up one of these fun dies in my online store and you can make easy flip cards, too!
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Today’s simple birthday card uses images from Happy Watercolor (w-133188/c-133191) featured in the 2014 Occasions Catalog. Everything you’ll need is in this wonderful set, including a few greetings, although for this card I pulled the birthday greeting from Wetlands (w-126695/c-126697).
The bold image appears to be a watercolor wash painted across the lined floral image, but it’s really just stamped in different colors of ink. A simple way to achieve a watercolor look without even using a brush… or water! I love the look, and with this stamp set you can effortlessly create handmade cards that LOOK like you watercolored them.
You can click on the photo for a closer look.
Are you interested in creating elaborate or easy handmade cards?
Leave your response in the Comments section below.
These bright, fresh flower cards are perfect for any season. In these card making tutorials you can use the Secret Garden Framelits (129372) with the Simple Stems stamp set (w-133098/c-133101) and still enjoy the convenience of die cutting when making your handmade cards. Don’t you love it when you can get double value from your craft supplies? Of course, if you don’t have the framelits yet you can just cut the images out by hand.
You can purchase this 14-page color card making tutorial below, or you can save by joining the Stamp4Joy Card Making Club.
Backyard Basics (w-129255/c-129258) is a wonderful collection of nature stamps suitable for any occasion or project… they make me eager for spring! (Did you notice the butterfly?) I can already envision a few lovely homemade Easter cards using this set.
With That’s the Ticket (w-131946/c-128075) you’ll be able to create homemade Christmas cards, baby shower invitations, and more! There’s even blank ticket options to fill in with YOUR favorite holiday. How about celebrating Absolutely Incredible Kids Day on March 15th? You might have to write really tiny to fit it all on one ticket. :-) Or maybe No Socks Day on May 8th. Use your imagination!
Other Supplies Used:
- Modern Medley Designer Paper (126926)
- Strawberry Slush Ruffle Stretch Trim (130023)
- Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
- Big Shot (113439)
- Backyard Basics Framelits (129380)
- Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad (101406)
- Very Vanilla Card Stock (101650), Basic Black Card Stock (121045), Strawberry Slush Card Stock (131295)
Pick up these two stamp sets and you’ll be on your way to creating many fabulous diy birthday cards and more.
Now you can create a custom monogram, address, or business stamp using Stampin’ Up!’s new personalized rubber stamps. They come in a variety of new styles — you can check out all the personalized rubber stamps HERE – but my favorite is the Circle Monogram Stamp. You can play around with and view it before placing the order.
Use your imagination when creating these stamps. They’ll make a great address stamp, but how about:
- Save the date cards
- Welcome baby
- Custom Christmas greetings
- Personalized library stamps
- Hand Stamped by…
Here are a few ideas I came up with:
Order your very own Personalized Name or Business Stamp today!
I have more Stampin’ Up! card ideas than I have time for these days it seems, which is better than hitting an artistic wall, right? :-) I haven’t decided who will be receiving this card yet. My dad enjoys reading Louis L’Amour, but so does my sister… so who knows?
I really like the mix of vibrant and washed out blues in the two patterned paper pieces that were selected from the Soho Subway Designer Paper collection. They look great with the Early Espresso, don’t you think?
Horse Frontier (w-132019/c-126347) is a great rubber stamp set for creating those “man cards,” which we always seem to need but often lack ideas for, right? And super easy, too. No intricate coloring needed (unless you want to!).
If you’re in need of these or other arts and craft supplies for YOUR Stampin’ Up! card ideas, please visit my Online Store.
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I was able to spend some time in my stampin’ studio this weekend, and when I was done I realized I had created a number of butterfly cards. I must be ready for spring! Or maybe it has deeper meaning, something about the transformations my life is going through… but it’s about 3:00 in the morning and I might be a little punchy, so I don’t think I have the brain power to go that deep right now.
Sometimes we just want to make quick and easy handmade cards, and I like the simplicity of this one: a butterfly stamped and cut from patterned paper, mounted on a punched piece of card stock, with a greeting. You can’t really see it in the picture, but I did add some glitter to the edges of the wings (click on the photo for a closer view). I think everything looks better with a touch of sparkle, don’t you? A super simple handmade thank you card.
- Stamps: butterfly – Backyard Basics (w-129255/c-129258), greeting – Happy Watercolor (w-133188/c-133191)
- Paper: Naturals White card stock (102316), Basic Gray card stock (121044), Watercolor Wonder Designer Paper (132994)
- Ink: Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad (101406), Island Indigo Classic Ink Pad (126986)
- Stampin’ Up! Punches/Die Cuts: Curly Label Punch (119851), Backyard Basics Framelits (129380), Big Shot (113439)
- Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter (102023), 2-Way Glue Pen (100425), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Do you like butterfly cards? I hope so… you’ll see a lot more of them in the coming days.
Are you looking for last-minute Valentine card ideas? I put this one together in about ten minutes, and most of it was deciding what I wanted to use for a design.
I used the small heart punch for the flower petals, punched from the red patterned paper in Polka Dot Parade designer paper. I finished it off with a large pearl.
Backyard Basics is where I got the stem, and the greeting is from See Ya Later, a stamp set you can pick up for FREE during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 order.
I hope you all have a wonderful day with your loved ones.
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The banners came from the whimsical stamp set Banner Blast, which you can find on page 13 of the Sale-A-Bration Catalog. For the longer banners I just put one end in the punch.
The greeting “Thankful for You” is from the Hostess set Banner Greetings, which you can get for free with your Hostess Dollars just by having a party or catalog show of $150 or more, or placing an order of $150 or more.
I punched the flowers from card stock using the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, and added a pearl to the centers.
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Ribbon can really add an elegant touch to your card making projects. Why not pick up the beautiful Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon and the Whisper White Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon at a discount? Just in time for those St. Patrick’s Day greeting cards.
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