Stampin’ Up! Cuckoo for You Bundle

Hello Creative Friends!

I have such a fun card to share with you today! This card also has some special meaning for me. Today’s creation showcases the Cuckoo for You bundle which allows you to make an adorable Cuckoo Clock. Cuckoo Clocks are special to me because we had one in our home throughout my entire upbringing (it is still there too!) It is so ironic that Stampin’ Up! came out with this bundle the year that I lost my father. Attending to the Cuckcoo Clock was one of his daily activities. Before I get too nostalgic, check out this cute card!

I tried to make this clock look pretty traditional in color scheme because this card was made for my sister. She actually already received the card and really appreciated the sentiment. <3

The super fun part of this card is that it has a pop up feature! Just like any Cuckoo clock, this one has a door that opens and a bird is there waiting!

To make this card I started with a base layer of Crumb Cake. The background paper is part of the Regals Designer Series Paper Pack and it was layered onto Whisper White. The clock was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Whisper White paper. I did the same for all the pieces you see including the trees, the door, the bird, the pendulum and the weights. I used many blends to color everything in including the following colors: Light/Dark Crumb Cake, Light/Dark Mossy Meadow, and Light/Dark Cajun Craze. To make it a bit easier on myself I actually colored in the entire clock with the Light Crumb Cake Blends marker, and then colored over that with the darker colors where I wanted them. I used one of the copper colored flower Designer Elements to add to the pull tab for opening the door. This gives it some extra flair. Stampin’ Up! has kindly made a video that explains how to put the Cuckoo Clock parts together to make the door open. You can watch the video below to see how I did this:

Once I had my clock all assembled, I added it to the card with dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Cuckoo for You stamp set and I decided to punch that out with my Classic Label punch and cut off one end. I also added a layer of Mossy Meadow card stock behind it with the same punch. I wanted to add some additional decoration on the inside of the card, so here is what I did:

That cute squirrel is part of the Cuckoo for you stamp set and he was cut out using the Cuckoo Clock dies. The sentiment is from the Rustic Retreat stamp set.

Is this bundle one you might consider purchasing? If you saw the card I posted about a week ago, you can see I used the Cuckoo Clock dies in a totally different way. I have also seen someone turn it into a birdhouse! There are always so many ways to use our products. Be sure to let your creativity flow when you get new goodies!

Thank you again for stopping by my blog and I will be back soon with more news and creative inspiration.

~Kristal

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Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop – Fall!

Hi Creative Friends!

I am excited that you are checking out my blog today so you can start getting lots of fall themed inspiration! I am participating in the Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop and the theme this month is Fall! Fall colors are some of my favorite colors to work with on my creative projects. I am drawn to the deep, regal colors that show up in the autumn. The projects I made today show off some of those pretty colors. I made a lovely thank you card and a useful bookmark that coordinate together and could be given as a gift set.

I knew I wanted to start by using the pretty Country Floral Embossing Folder. I quickly determined that the Forever Lovely stamp set and the Painted Harvest stamp set coordinated quite well with this embossing folder so they were the perfect sets to use for my project!

To make the card I cut a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock to 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 and rounded the corners. I ran it through my Big Shot with the Country Floral Embossing Folder. I then used my sponge daubers and the following colors to lightly color the raised parts of the embossed image: Mango Melody, Blackberry Bliss and Old Olive. These are dark colors so you want to be sure and use a light touch and small circular motions to get the ink on where you want it. It is important to remember that it is okay if it isn’t perfect too! Once I had that colored I layered it onto a piece of Blackberry Bliss card stock cut to 4 x 5 1/4. The based layer is a Crumb Cake card stock cut to 4 1/4 X 11 and scored at 5 1/2. I didn’t have any Blackberry Bliss ribbon, but that is not a problem at all since I have Blends markers! I used the 3/8 inch Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon and colored it in with my Dark Blackberry Bliss Marker. I added that along with some Burlap Ribbon to bring in more natural elements. The sentiment is from the Country Home Stamp set and was stamped with Blackberry Bliss ink on to Crumb Cake card stock. I then cut that out with the Stitched Nested Label Dies. I added this to the card with dimensionals and put some Gold Metallic Pearls on some of the smaller flowers on the card.

Now on to the bookmark!

To make the bookmark I cut a piece of Very Vanilla Card stock to 6 3/8 x 2 inches and then rounded all the corners. The Crumb Cake card stock layer is cut to 6 3/4 x 2 1/4. I used my 1/2 inch circle punch to make a hole in the Very Vanilla card stock and then laid it over the Crumb Cake cardstock to punch the hole again through that paper so they would line up better. Now it was time for the stamping. I ended up using Rich Razzleberry to stamp the images from the Forever Lovely stamp set as it seemed like it matched the card better. I randomly added the flowers and leaves from that set. The leaves are stamped in Old Olive. The sunflower images are stamped in Mango Melody and are from the Painted Harvest stamp set. Because reading can take you to far away places I thought it was perfect to add a sentiment from the Above The Clouds stamp set indicating you would be off to great places while reading! This was stamped in Old Olive. I did not add any pearls because a book mark needs to be flat. 🙂 I then added the same ribbon I used on the card around the top of the bookmark, but I tied it all together with some of the Linen Thread. Because I felt it needed just a little sparkle, I did add in some clear wink of Stella on the leaves of the bookmark.

These are pretty easy projects, so be sure to give them a try! But, before you do, be sure you hop along to see all the the wonderful fall ideas in the blog hop! Just click on the names below to hop on over to the next blog.

Rachael Rife

Ellen Woodbridge

Kristal Bell (you are here!)

Sue Vine

Katja Ettig

Cheryl Taylor

Pia Gerhardt

Anastasia Radloff

Barbara Welch

Anne Marie Hile

Melissa Thomas

~Kristal

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Stampin’ Up! Nine Lives stamp set is the cat’s meow!

Hi Creative Friends!

If you have gotten to know me while following my blog, or possibly read my About Me page, you likely figured out I am a cat lover. Of course, this means that any cat stamp set put out by Stampin’ Up! needs to be added to my collection! The Stampin’ Up! Nine Lives stamp set is a perfect set for cat lovers like me! For this card I felt like the pretty kitty needed a cat bed. The stamp set doesn’t have one, so I made one myself!

How cute is this? This card/cat was inspired my my sweet cat Jezabel. She is my only girl in the house so it seemed fitting to make this card have some pink on it!

To make this I started with a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of Basic Gray scored at 5 1/2. The pink layer of card stock is Petal Pink and is cut at 3 3/4 x 5. I ran that through my big shot with the Subtle Embossing Folder hoping it would look like a wall/wallpaper. The Whisper White layer behind the Petal Pink card stock is just 1/8 inch larger all around.

To make the cat bed/house I used the Cuckoo for You stamp set and matching Cuckoo Clock dies. I first stamped the Cuckoo clock in Memento Black ink on Whisper White. I then used my Dark Smoky Slate Blends marker to color in the outside edges of the clock. From there I cut off the bottom part of the clock in a straight line. Next I cut the inside part of the clock out so now I only had the colored outside part left. I set these aside to work on the rest of the house.

I used the Cuckoo Clock die (no stamped image) and cut it out in both Smoky Slate and Whisper white. I then used one of my Layering Circles Dies to cut out a hole to be the entry to the house. You can decide what size circle works best for you. To make the trim I simply cut a circle out of Basic Gray that is one size larger than the circle I used for the opening to the house. After that I ran it through again with the circle I used for the opening to the house to make a trim. I found the circles were to close together to run through at the same time.

Now it was time to give my cat house a little flair so I embossed the Smoky Slate cut out of the clock with my Tufted Embossing Folder. I decided to stamp little fish on the white clock cut out where the opening would be so it would appear that she has some wallpaper in her house. Of course the fish had to be colored in with the Petal Pink Blends marker. 🙂

Since all my pieces were cut, it was time to assembler the house. I layered the Embossed Smoky Slate Die cut over the Whisper White one. Then I added the circle trim over the opening and also the stamped outside layer I had colored in over the whole house. Though it sounds like a number of steps, it comes together pretty quickly as you are working on it!

Here is a close up of the house/bed so you can see it a little better:

To make the rest of the card I cut a 3/4 x 3 3/4 piece of Basic Gray and embossed it with the Pinewood Planks so it would look like a floor. I added a 1/4 x 3 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White to make it look baseboard trim. I stamped the kitty and colored her in with my Smoky Slate Blends marker. She was punched out with the Cat Punch and cut to fit in the house. I added a sentiment from the set and cut it out with the Stitched Shapes Dies. I made sure to give her a little food dish next to her house/bed. There is no die for this so I fussy cut it out. I stamped the bow from the set and colored in with Petal Pink blends. I punch it out with my 3/4 inch circle punch and layered Basic Gray behind it with my 1 inch circle punch.

That’s it! I need to be sure I give this card to someone who loves cats as much as me. I will say that this card has been Jezabel approved:

I hope you enjoyed my feline inspired post. Maybe you think it is Purrfect… HA HA! Come back soon for more inspiration!

~Kristal

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Make circles of fun with the Birthday Backgrounds stamp set!

Hello Creative Friends!

I always seem to have plenty of Birthdays in my family. This means I need a nice variety of birthday cards ready to go. I decided that the Birthday Backgrounds stamp set would be a perfect set to have on hand for the many birthday cards I might need. Here is one of the first cards I have made with this set!

Using most of the stamps from the Birthday Background stamp set and cutting it out with circles looks like there is a birthday party on the card, right? I used Mint Macaron and Gray Granite as my two main colors. I ran a piece of Gray Granite through my big shot with the Corrugated 3D embossing folder and layered that with Whisper White card stock. I used various sized of circle dies from my Layering Circle Dies to cut out the stamped images and matching card stock behind the each stamped image. I layered them on the card until I liked the way it looked and then added some of the Gray Granite Textured Weave Ribbon across the front of the circles. The happy birthday sentiment is from the I Say Hello stamp set and was cut out using the Stitched Rectangles Dies. I added that across the Ribbon with dimensionals. I then added a knot of the same ribbon next to the sentiment. The final touch was some of the Balmy Blue sequins from the Gingham Gala Adhesive Back Sequins pack. Even though they are Balmy Blue they give off a silver-iridescent look on the card!

It would be easy to re-create this card with many types of background or varied image stamps you may have so give it a try!

I will be back soon with more creative inspiration and exciting news from Stampin’ Up!

~Kristal

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Rooted in Nature Masculine Thank You Card

Hello Creative Friends!

I have a handsome, masculine card to share with you today. I really needed a suitable thank you card to give to my neighbor. You see, he was kind enough to cut up an entire tree that fell in our yard with his chainsaw. The tree didn’t even come from his yard! Needless to say, he saved us a ton of money and needed a proper thank you card to go with his gift.

The Rooted in Nature set is such a good one to have on hand to make either natural or masculine cards. I also think the Pinewood Planks embossing folder I used really ties in the rustic, wood theme I have going on this card. I started with a card base in Mossy Meadow. To get the appearance you see with the embossing folder, I inked up my Pinewood Planks folder with Soft Suede ink and ran it through my big shot using Gray Granite card stock. Inked and embossed all in one! I actually layered this embossed paper onto a layer of Sahara Sand because I thought it needed just a little something more to offset the Mossy Meadow.

Next, it was time for the stamped images. Everything but the Thank You is part of the Rooted in Nature stamp set. The Thank You is from the Accented Blooms stamp set and was stamped in Soft Suede and then punched out with the Tailored Tag punch. The Tree image was stamped in Mossy Meadow. The cut slice of a tree image was stamped in Sahara Sand and the little branches were stamped in Sahara Sand and Gray Granite. All of these were stamped onto Very Vanilla card stock. I used the Nature’s Roots Dies to cut out these images with the exception of the cut slice of the tree. There is no die for that so I simply fussy cut it. I added this to the card with dimensionals and added some Burlap Ribbon behind all the images. I finished it off with Gold Metallic Pearls.

I should make a few of these cards because it is a really good idea to have masculine thank you cards on hand. I hope this gives you some inspiration! I will be back again soon so share more fun creations!

~Kristal

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