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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Stampin’ Up! Hand Sewn Woven Threads Paper and Stitched Lace Card

Hello Creative Friends!

I am back to share a pretty card with you. Today I am showing off the Woven Threads Designer Series Paper and the Stitched Lace Die with some actual sewing on the card!

Have you ever thought of sewing on your cards? I decided to give it a try with the Linen Thread. To do this you will need a relatively large sewing needle and a paper piercing tool/mat.

For the sewing portion of this card I started with a 4 x 1 inch piece of Teracotta Tile card stock. I then layered this with a 4 x 1 1/4 inch piece of Crumb cake. Next I laid the paper onto my piercing mat and then used a ruler over the top of the paper to pierce holes every 1/4 of an inch across the paper. Here is a picture for reference:

Once I had punched all the holes I checked to make sure they were big enough for my needle. If not I widened the hole with my paper piercing tool. Next it was time to do the sewing! It is a good idea to figure out how many holes you want so it comes out the way you want it to look on your card. I ended up cutting my paper down just a little (to the size noted above) to make it fit right. Here is a photo of the finished sewn paper:

That’s it, easy right? You could even make the holes in more decorative design if you wanted! Now on to the rest of the card!

The pretty die cut you see is part of the Stitched Lace die but it is only a small little portion of it. I actually cut a circle out of the die and only used that portion. Here is a photo:

This die will cut an entire card base but it doesn’t mean you can’ t use it for other shapes too, right? It was simple to get the circle out using my Take Your Pick Tool too! I cut the circle out using one of the scalloped circles from the Layering Circles Framelits and I also cut one to layer behind it in Crumb cake.

Now it was time add in the lovely Woven Threads DSP. I thought the design in the paper I chose looked very similar to the die cut so it seemed like the perfect fit. The DSP is cut to 3 5/8 inches X 4 7/8 inches. The Whisper White layer is cut to 3 3/4 X 5 inches. The card base is 4 1/4 x 11 inches and scored at 5 1/2. I chose a sentiment that could be used for many occasions from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set. I punched that out with the Classic Label Punch. I added a bow with the Linen Thread to finish it off.

Do you think you will trying sewing on a card sometime? It is much easier than you think!

I hope this gives you some crafting inspiration! Thanks for visiting my blog today!

~Kristal

Modern Heart Ombre’ Watercolor fun!

Hi Creative Friends!

Whew! It has been a busy summer which is making it challenging for me to find time to craft! I am glad to report I have something new to share with you today, and it includes fun with watercolor and pretty, copper metallic embossing!

I had only recently received the Modern Heart stamp set and it will definitely be one of my favorites! To make this card I started by stamping the geometric heart with Versamark ink on watercolor paper. I covered that with Copper Embossing powder. I heat embossed that and let it cool. I then used my Aqua Painter and started at the top of the heart with Bermuda Bay ink. In the center of the heart I added Coastal Cabana and at the bottom of the hear I used Pool Party. I lightly used the Aqua Painter to meld the colors next to each other so you could not see an ink line. Once it had the appearance I liked I fussy cut the heart out. I cut a 3 3/4 x 5 inch piece of Whisper White ink and stamped with another stamp from the Modern Heart set using Pool Party Ink. I then used the small geometric heart stamp from the set and Versamark ink to randomly stamp hearts on the paper. These were also heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder. I stamped the sentiment using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I layered the stamped paper onto a 3/4 X 5 1/4 piece of Copper Foil paper and a card base of Bermuda Bay cut to 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4. I then added some Clear Epoxy Droplets to give it a little more flare. The heart was adhered to the paper with dimensionals.

This is a very simple way to add some watercolor into your life. Have you tried watercoloring yet? It makes me feel a bit like an artist!

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find time to be crafty today!

~Kristal

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A Little Lace and a little Rococo Rose!

Hi Creative Friends!

I have a pretty simple card to share with you today that shows off one of the pretty new In Colors: Rococo Rose!

Rococo Rose is a beautiful mauve color. I think it is such a soothing color which is why I decided to make it the star of my card! I started with a 3 3/4 X 5 inch piece Whisper White card stock. I used the new A Little Lace stamp set to and Rococo Rose ink and stamped some of the pretty flowers from the set around the edge of the paper. The sentiment is also from this stamp set and could definitely work for many occasions. I layered the stamped page onto a 3 7/8 X 5 1/8 piece of Sahara Sand card stock. I then used the Rococo Rose Scalloped Linen Ribbon to wrap around the left side of this paper. I added this to a 4 1/4 X 11 (scored at 5 1/2) piece of Rococo Rose card stock. To make the bow you see here I cut a piece of the ribbon and folded each end toward the center. I adhered the folded part of the ribbon with glue dots. I finished it off with one of the 2019-2021 In Color Faceted Dots in Rococo Rose. I did add a little Wink of Stella on the flowers but it didn’t photograph well enough for you to see it.

Are you loving the new In Colors Stampin’ Up! brought out this year? I sure do! I have been able to share 4 of the 5 colors with you in some of the creations I have made over the last few weeks. Hopefully they are catching your eye like they have for me!

I will be back to share more creations and Stampin’ Up! news soon!

~Kristal

Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop – Summer Fun!

I am so glad you have stopped by my blog today because you are in a for a treat! I am participating in the Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop and the theme this month is Summery Fun! What makes me think of Summer? Flowers! I love all the beautiful flowers the bloom throughout the summer so I decided I would show off the pretty Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper (DSP) with my projects today.

The first thing I have to share with you is a useful project. I am often making lists and I realized I had just run out of my notepad I keep on the fridge. What better time to make my own!

I started by grabbing some of my computer paper and cutting it to 4 x 9 3/4 (10.16 cm x 23.765 cm). I am not sure how much paper I cut, but I did try to make the thickness as close to a 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) as possible. This is important because that matches the width of the Tear & Tape strip. Once I had my paper cut I made it as perfectly lined up as possible at the top. I then held the paper together with binder clips on each side. After that I added the Tear & Tape to the top of the paper. I made sure to press the Tear & Tape down hard so it stuck to the sheets of paper well. Next, I grabbed some of the pretty Perennial Essence DSP and cut it at 4 x 3 3/4 (10.16 cm x 9.525 cm). I used the Be Mine Stitched Dies to give the paper a decorative edge. I laid the DSP under the computer paper and then scored where I would want it to fold over so it would fold easier. I checked to be sure it was lined up with the paper and then folded it over the top. The Tear & Tape keeps it stuck to the top. You do not want to add any glue to the front of the paper so you can tear sheets off easily. I did add some glue to the back of the DSP so it stuck to the last sheet of the notepad. You won’t be able to use this final sheet of paper. Here is a picture highlighting the steps I took so far:

I wanted to dress up the notepad and also make it more sturdy. I first added the lovely Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon across the front. It was adhered to the final piece of paper on the back. Of course, I did not want that to show so I also cut a piece of Petal Pink card stock at 4 1/2 x 9 3/4 (11.43 cm x 23.765 cm) to make a base for the notepad. I think it also makes it look more finished. I then used a sentiment the Crafting Forever stamp set to remind myself to still be crafty everyday when I am making those lists! The sentiment was stamped in Blackberry Bliss and cut out with the Stitched Shapes Dies. I added a layer of Petal Pink card stock cut out with the layering circles Dies as well. Here is a close up of the top of the notepad:

Fun right? I even added a magnet to the back of the pad so I am ready to write out lists once again! Okay, now how about one more project?

Next up is a card I made with the same DSP and the wonderful new Bloom & Grow stamp set!

Fun fact: The DSP used on the card is actually the back of the paper used on the notepad! To make this card I started with a card base cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (13.97 cm x 21.59 cm) and scored at 4 1/4 (10.795 cm) in the gorgeous Pretty Peacock card stock. I added a layer of Crumb Cake card stock cut at 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 (13.0175 cm x 9.8425 cm). The DSP is cut at 5 x 3 3/4 (12.7 cm x 9.525 cm). I stamped the sentiment from the Bloom & Grow stamp set using Pretty Peacock ink on Very Vanilla card stock. The leaves were also stamped in the same color. I don’t yet have the Pretty Peacock Blends, but I found that the Dark Bermuda Bay Blends marker was a nice substitute. I colored in the berries with the Light Blackberry Bliss Blends marker. I added some Clear Wink of Stella on the berries as well. Next I cut out the sentiment and a layer of Crumb Cake card stock with the new Stitched Nested Labels Dies.

The pretty ribbon used on this paper is the new Pretty Peacock Scalloped Linen Ribbon. I used a slightly different way to put this ribbon on because the back of the ribbon is only a Crumb Cake color. So instead of folding it over like I normally would, I actually cut two tails so I could have the front of the ribbon showing in the lower corner. The top corner does have a fold, but you can only see the front. I used glue dots to place the ribbon where I wanted it on the paper. Fun trick, right? I finished off the card by adding the sentiment layer on with dimensionals and adding some Blackberry Bliss springs with my Spring punch.

I hope this gives you lots of inspiration, but there is so much more to go! You need to be sure to head over to the next blog and hop you way through to see all the great Summer Fun ideas.

Just click on the names below to hop on over to the next blog!

Rachael Rife

Ellen Woodbridge

Katja Ettig

Melissa Thomas

Corinne Oosterhoff

Sue Vine

Kristal Bell (you are here!)

Maureen Rauchfuss

Steph Jandrow

Barbara Welch

Thank you and happy crafting!

~Kristal

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