Thursday, September 12, 2019

Magnolia Note Cards


No one ever said that cards had to be more than one layer.  If you are a beginner stamper you can start with a few simple supplies.

Today's design will show you how you can make cards with very few items. (note: I did use one sentiment from another set but you can easily make a set using only the sentiments from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set.)



Supplies used:

  • Note Cards & Envelopes(used here are retired Crumb Cake) 
    • current available colours are Whisper White (131527), Very Vanilla (144236), Scalloped Note Cards (149610)
  • Good Morning Magnolia stamp set (149298)
  • Clear Block F (118483) & D (118485)
  • Soft Suede Ink (147115)

Simple steps to create:
  1. Fold Note Card in half
  2. Ink up large magnolia image using Soft Suede ink and stamp on card front
  3. Ink up sentiment you wish to use in Soft Suede ink and stamp on card front.
That's it and don't they look great! 

No one said you needed to break the bank to make cards :D

Until next time!
Margaret 



Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Most Wonderful Time Product Medley Tutorial Bundle





The new Holiday Catalogue 2019 features many great products to get you in the Holiday spirit. One such item is the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley (150705).  Purchase the Product Medley through me and receive a digital tutorial with 15 different projects*! The image above is a sneak peek :D  This is such a great way to get a jump start on all your holiday gift giving and card making needs.  

The Most Wonderful Time Product Medley includes stamps, paper, dies, and accessories that are perfectly coordinated for creating cards and more. A product medley is similar to our cardmaking kits and other project kits but without the predetermined projects. Also available in French and German.

Medley includes
* 11-piece photopolymer stamp set (clear blocks sold separately)
* 48 sheets of 6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 cm) Designer Series Paper, 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
* 12 gold foil card fronts, 4 each of 3 designs
* 6 sticker sheets, 2 sheets each of 3 designs
* Gold/white tinsel trim, 10 yards (9.1 m)
* 58 adhesive-backed gold faceted stars
* 6-piece Most Wonderful Time Dies (use with a die-cutting & embossing machine).

Product colors: Basic Black, gold foil, Old Olive, Real Red, white


Be sure to order soon so you have plenty of time to get all your crafting in before December arrives!!!

You'll love the projects featured in this tutorial package!!!

You may order the Medley directly from my on-line website at www.margaretsstamphaven.stampinup.net.  Be sure to allow your contact information to be visible to me so that I am able to share the tutorial with you <3

Until next time!
Margaret 


*Digital tutorial is solely for the use of the person who has purchased the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley directly from me.  You agree not to share this tutorial in any way, shape or form with anyone else.



Monday, September 9, 2019

Gone Fishing

I didn't jump on the Best Catch bandwagon right away when the set came out. Don't get me wrong, I really liked it and know some people who fish but I wasn't sure if I would end up using it as much as perhaps I thought I should.  As you can see though, I did break down and buy it.  The dies that coordinate with the stamp set certainly help make the card creation process so much easier. 



As I often do with other coordinating sets, I stamp, colour and die cut several images. From there I will design and build a card.

If you don't already own any of the Stampin' Blends, I highly recommend them.  The more you work with them the better you will get at blending, shading and simply colouring overall :D



As I am not always confident in my colour choices I did the one thing many of us do....I googled images of fish and other peoples creations to see how some of the fish looked.   I love using lots of colour as I find it brings the fish to life!!!



Now I truly appreciate the Copper Trim as this ribbon adds a perfect shimmering touch to just about any design.  When using it on a fish card such as, by simply stretching the ribbon out it looks a bit like a fish net. A simple yet cool technique.

Since this card says "For You, Dad" you could use if for any occasion really - birthday, fathers day, just because!! <3

Do you own this set already? Have you taken the time to sit down and create with it?

Until next time!
Margaret 




Monday, August 5, 2019

Suite Magnolia

The products in the Magnolia Collection are sweet! The items each on their own are beautiful but when combined together to create projects, the end results are stunning.

Today's featured card uses:

  • Magnolia Lane Specialty Large Cards & Envelopes
  • Magnolia Lane Memories & More Card Pack
  • Good Morning Magnolia stamp set
  • Magnolia Memory Dies


I could have used the first two products with some adhesive and Stampin' Dimensionals and still created a beautiful card but I love adding extra details.



I used the stamp set and Soft Suede ink to stamp the large magnolia image in the top right and bottom left corners of the card.



I stamped the smaller magnolia image using Versamark ink on Vellum Cardstock, added White Embossing Powder and heat set. Then I used Stampin' Blends to colour on the backside of the Vellum for a little depth and dimension.



Of course I just have to share with you a photo of the card with the envelope because the envelopes have a simple touch of detail as well.

With all the projects I have already shared using the Magnolia Collection, has this made it on your wish list yet?

Until next time.
Margaret 



Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Dancing into the teenage years

When a client of mine gave her daughter a card I had made for her 16th birthday and saw the reaction of her 12 year old, she knew she wanted to order a card for her youngest's upcoming 13th birthday as well.

Her daughter is very involved in dance so naturally she wanted to incorporate that in some way. I showed her the dancing woman in the stamp set Beautiful You and she loved the idea of incorporating that image into the card.










































This card, like the previous one I made for her, is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2".

The base is Whisper White thick cardstock with a Layer of the beautiful, yet retired Wisteria Wonder. This layer was embossed with the stunning new Beads & Baubles Embossing Folder.


I love the stamp set Lined Alphabet and coordinating dies Layering Alphabet Dies. I used them here to add the birthday girls name.  Have you purchased these yet?  They are an investment but so worth it!

So I had to dig into my retired products to make this card just right and that meant pulling out my Large Numbers Dies.  I cut the numbers 5x and stacked them all together.  The top layer I smooshed in Versamark Ink, added Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and heat set.



The final bit of detail on this card is the dancing woman from the set Beautiful You stamp set.  I stamped her in Memento Ink on Watercolour Paper and coloured her in using Stampin' Blends. I then fussy cut her and popped her up on the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thanks for checking out todays creation.

Until next time!
Margaret 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Free As a Bird

There is something about the saying"Free as a Bird" that makes me happy. It evokes a feeling of being carefree without a worry in the world and when I look at the new stamp set with this name, it gels well with my thoughts.


I have been pushing myself to colour more and I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate the Stampin' Blends.  The more I work with them the better I get at shading and blending.



These sweet birds were stamped on Whisper White Thick cardstock which works well with the Stampin' Blends.  If the cardstock is too thin or even buffered like the standard Whisper White cardstock, the alcohol markers simply do not work as well as they should.



This card needed to be vibrant, perfect for that friend who is bubbly and enthusiastic, which is why I chose Calypso Coral as my focal colour to make this card pop!

Did you know you can purchase the Free As a Bird stamp set, along with the Stitched Nested Label dies as a bundle for a savings of 10%?  The dies are double stitched...how cool is that!  The negative die cut is also stitched so you can create stitched windows in your cards.  I having been using this die set like crazy.



A little bling always adds a perfect touch so I pulled out the Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots and finished the card up with these edible looking dots.



Was this set on your wish list when you received your catalogue?

Until next time ~
Margaret






Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Mini Shipping Box - Belly Band Seal

I can't believe this is the last week for the current annual Stampin' Up! catalogue and next week you all have the opportunity to begin purchasing new products from the 2019-2020 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalogue.  The fun continues for me with creating projects using the Good Morning Magnolia set and the Magnolia Memory Dies.




I chose to create a different project today and so I used the cute Stampin' Up! Mini Shipping Boxes that will be available in the new catalogue.



I really didn't want the box sealed where the recipient would have to damage the item when they open it so a belly band was the perfect solution as a seal.



The possibilities of designs for belly bands are endless but I do find the white and pink colours of the magnolia go so well with the craft colour of the boxes.

The Magnolia Lane designer series paper has so many great patterns that it took me a bit to settle on which pattern to use for the belly band itself.  I attached this to Basic Black cardstock to allow the designer paper to stand out.



Die cutting the smaller magnolia image from one of the sheets of designer paper was a no brainer for me to add some great colour to the project.



I still needed depth for this project, so I die cut the magnolia petals and stamen, layering them using Whisper White, Petal Pink and So Saffron cardstock.  To create dimension I used a Bone Folder to curl the petals.  Once all layers were ready I used SNAIL adhesive to attach each layer together.



Of course a project is never really complete until some type of bling is added.  This is where the Clear Faceted Gems came in handy.  I added a medium sized gem to the centre of the flower. Let's not forget about the cute sentiment.  'Hello' was stamped in Memento Black ink and die cut using the incredibly versatile Stitched Nested Label Dies.



Flowers never seem to appear right unless they have some leaves and the sweetest leaves are die cut using the Magnolia Memory dies.  Did you know that the set includes two identical larger and two identical smaller leaf images?  This is great for mass die cutting.  You get twice as many cut in the same amount of time it would take you to die cut one set.



The boxes are larger than I thought they would be and will be perfect for adding mini note cards inside as a little thank you gift for a hostess or even a unique birthday gift for a special friend.





What would you put in these adorable Stampin' Up! Mini Shipping Boxes?

Until next time ~
Margaret