Thursday, January 19, 2017

So Detailed Valentine

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed Valentine. A highly textured card with a dynamic color scheme delivers a sweet Valentine message.
Smoky Slate and Real Red makes for a dynamic color scheme, though one not typically used for a Valentine card.

A standard card base was cut from Smoky Slate and a Smoky Slate matte was also cut to completely cover the card front. The matte was dry embossed using the new Falling Petals Embossing Folder.

One of the So Detailed Thinlits was used to die cut a piece of Real Red card stock which was then adhered across the top of the matte using liquid adhesive. A length of the now retired Real Red Satin Woven Ribbon was adhered across the top of the die cut. (I had planned to use the 3/8" Stitched Real Red Ribbon but discovered that I hadn't yet ordered it! Horrors! Needless to say, I immediately rectified this mistake!) A bow was adhered to the ribbon using a Glue Dot.

The "love" sentiment was die cut three times using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits. Liquid adhesive was used to adhere the three die cuts together. A coating of Clear Wink of Stella gave it a lovely shimmer. The sentiment was adhered to the card front using Glue Dots. A few red sequin hearts were also added to the card front with Glue Dots to complete the card.

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed Valentine. A highly textured card with a dynamic color scheme delivers a sweet Valentine message.

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed Valentine. A highly textured card with a dynamic color scheme delivers a sweet Valentine message.

Along with the unusual color scheme, this card is made even more dynamic by the use of several forms of texture–the lacy die cut, the dry embossed matte, a shiny ribbon, a shimmery sentiment and bright little hearts.

On a more personal note, though still related to Stampin Up, in the order I received today was a small black box.

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed Valentine. A highly textured card with a dynamic color scheme delivers a sweet Valentine message.

In this box was a silver necklace to commemorate my promotion to the level of Silver demonstrator! So exciting! I will wear this necklace proudly! I would like to thank my customers and my new recruit, Shawna Lee, for making this possible–I couldn't have done this without your help!

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed Valentine. A highly textured card with a dynamic color scheme delivers a sweet Valentine message.

Linda Vich Creates: So Detailed Valentine. A highly textured card with a dynamic color scheme delivers a sweet Valentine message.




Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January Stamping Projects with A Modified Use of the Balloon Pop-Up Framelits

Linda Vich Creates: January Stamping Projects with A Modified Use of the Balloon Pop-Up Framelits. The Baker's Box Thinlits are used to create a Sending Love Valentine Mailbox.
At our stamping group on Sunday afternoon, we worked on projects for Valentine's Day.

Our first project was a Valentine mailbox. We die cut two sheets of Sending Love DSP using the Baker's Box Thinlits, being sure to cut a slot in the top portion of one of the pieces.

Folding on all the score lines was somewhat difficult because patterned paper was being used but this was done and then the box was adhered together. The top flaps were punched with the 1/8" Circle Punch and then either a red or white ribbon was threaded through and tied into a bow.

Mini envelopes were die cut from both Real Red and Whisper White card stock and they were stamped with a variety of sentiments, lips, and hearts from the Sealed With Love stamp set. The envelopes were then glued shut.

One mini envelope was left open and a Love Note stamp was used on Whisper White card stock and die cut to form a  ruffled note. This was placed in the open envelope and glued to the front of the mailbox. A heart die was used to cut two 3D hearts which were put on the sides of the mailbox.

Linda Vich Creates: January Stamping Projects with A Modified Use of the Balloon Pop-Up Framelits. The Baker's Box Thinlits are used to create a Sending Love Valentine Mailbox.

Linda Vich Creates: January Stamping Projects with A Modified Use of the Balloon Pop-Up Framelits. The Baker's Box Thinlits are used to create a Sending Love Valentine Mailbox.






Our second project was a Valentine card that used a modified version of the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits. In planning this card, I created a mock up using copy paper. This is a technique I use quite often when trying a new or finicky technique as a paper saving measure.

Linda Vich Creates: January Stamping Projects with A Modified Use of the Balloon Pop-Up Framelits. The Balloon Pop-Up Framelits die cut is modified to create a pop-up Valentine Balloon Bouquet card.
Mock up of inside of the card.
A standard card base was cut from Sweet Sugarplum as well as a matte. The matte was embossed using the Happy Hearts Embossing Folder. The matte was then sponged lightly with Rich Razzleberry ink and then about 1/4 of the way down, it was sponged heavier with the same ink. The retired Blackberry Bliss was then sponged 1/2 of the way down and then heavier 3/4 to the bottom of the matte. This created an ombré effect. The matte was adhered to the card front.

The sentiment, from the Sealed With Love stamp set was stamped on Thick Whisper White and die cut using a square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. A larger square was also die cut from Rich Razzleberry. A scalloped square was die cut from Gold Glimmer paper using the Layered Squares Framelits. These were then layered using Dimensionals.

Three hearts were punched with the now retired Extra Large Full Heart Punch, two from Sweet Sugarplum, one from Gold Glimmer. The two Sweet Sugarplum hearts were embossed using the Confetti Embossing Folder. The Gold Glimmer heart was scored down the middle on the non-Glimmer side. Rich Razzleberry ink was used on the edges of the Sweet Sugarplum hearts to make them look more like 3D heart balloons.

The pop-up section for the inside of the card was die cut from a 5 x 7.5" piece of Whisper White using the Balloon Pop-Up Framelits. Kay Kalthoff's video tutorial was helpful in setting up the die to cut the pop-up, especially in adding Sharpie marks to the die to line up the card stock properly on the Big Shot.

The pop-up piece was folded in half on the centre score line and then the side pieces were folded inward on their score lines. Using the MISTI, the banner from the Balloon Adventures stamp set was stamped on Rich Razzleberry in matching ink. The sentiment, from the Sealed With Love stamp set was curved to fit the banner and also stamped with Rich Razzleberry. The banner was fussy cut and adhered to the banner portion of the pop-up section.

insert photo

Removable adhesive was used on the punched hearts to position them over each of the balloons on the pop-up piece. Scissors were used to trim the excess from behind the hearts and then the hearts were secured permanently with liquid adhesive.

Linda Vich Creates: January Stamping Projects with A Modified Use of the Balloon Pop-Up Framelits. The Balloon Pop-Up Framelits die cut is modified to create a pop-up Valentine Balloon Bouquet card.
Photo shows balloon section
trimmed for placement of heart.

Linda Vich Creates: January Stamping Projects with A Modified Use of the Balloon Pop-Up Framelits. The Balloon Pop-Up Framelits die cut is modified to create a pop-up Valentine Balloon Bouquet card.
Photo shows back of pop-up
after hearts are placed. Tracing
the back of the hearts is helpful
for glue placement.

Linda Vich Creates: January Stamping Projects with A Modified Use of the Balloon Pop-Up Framelits. The Balloon Pop-Up Framelits die cut is modified to create a pop-up Valentine Balloon Bouquet card.

After the hearts were in place, the pop-up section could be adhered inside the card base. First, the pop-up piece needed to be aligned on the score line of the card base, keeping both top and bottom margins equal.

Linda Vich Creates: January Stamping Projects with A Modified Use of the Balloon Pop-Up Framelits. The Balloon Pop-Up Framelits die cut is modified to create a pop-up Valentine Balloon Bouquet card.

Next, one side panel was folded back toward the centre and adhesive applied. It was then folded back into place to adhere to the card base. This was repeated with the other side.

Linda Vich Creates: January Stamping Projects with A Modified Use of the Balloon Pop-Up Framelits. The Balloon Pop-Up Framelits die cut is modified to create a pop-up Valentine Balloon Bouquet card.

Linda Vich Creates: January Stamping Projects with A Modified Use of the Balloon Pop-Up Framelits. The Balloon Pop-Up Framelits die cut is modified to create a pop-up Valentine Balloon Bouquet card.

To tie in with the Glimmer balloon and the Glimmer scalloped square, Metallic Gold Washi Tape, from the 2016 Sale-A-Bration, was used on either side of the pop-up section.

Linda Vich Creates: January Stamping Projects with A Modified Use of the Balloon Pop-Up Framelits. The Balloon Pop-Up Framelits die cut is modified to create a pop-up Valentine Balloon Bouquet card.

Lastly, the layered sentiment piece was adhered to the card front to complete the card.

Linda Vich Creates: January Stamping Projects with A Modified Use of the Balloon Pop-Up Framelits. The Balloon Pop-Up Framelits die cut is modified to create a pop-up Valentine Balloon Bouquet card.

Linda Vich Creates: January Stamping Projects with A Modified Use of the Balloon Pop-Up Framelits. The Balloon Pop-Up Framelits die cut is modified to create a pop-up Valentine Balloon Bouquet card.


I hope you have enjoyed the Valentine projects from our Stamping Group. I can envision other projects that make use of a modified version of the Balloon Pop-Up Framelits in the future. Stay tuned!



Monday, January 16, 2017

Beautiful You Trio

Linda Vich Creates Beautiful You Trio. Coordinated set of cards using Beautiful You.
I had a lovely breakfast out with my daughter this morning! It was great to catch up and hear about her nursing practicum placement from last week. She is doing really well and has had great comments from her supervisors.

Back at home this afternoon, I was able to play in my craft room for awhile. I was excited to finally get to create the cards I had been envisioning since I first saw the Beautiful You stamp set. With my love for contrast, I just knew I had to create some cards in black and white.

I started by stamping each image and sentiment in Versamark on Basic Black. Each was heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder.

The images were die cut using the largest square, oval, and circle of the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Two of the sentiments were die cut with the Banners Framelits, and one with a smaller stitched square. Each image and the one sentiment were matted with a coordinating scalloped die from the Layering Squares, Circles and Ovals Framelits, cut from Thick Whisper White.

Three standard card bases were cut from Thick Whisper White and mattes from Basic Black. Strips of polka dot paper from the Pop of Pink DSP were layered over the black mattes and the mattes were adhered to the card fronts.

Dimensionals were used to adhere the images and sentiments to the card fronts.

Linda Vich Creates Beautiful You Trio. Coordinated set of cards using Beautiful You.

Linda Vich Creates Beautiful You Trio. Coordinated set of cards using Beautiful You.

Linda Vich Creates Beautiful You Trio. Coordinated set of cards using Beautiful You.


Have you purchased Beautiful You yet? If not, you can purchase the Clear-Mount Set here or Wood Mount here.




Sunday, January 15, 2017

Stitched Thank You Cards

Linda Vich Creates: Stitched Thank You Cards. This simple thank you card makes use of gold embossed layered die cuts and a die cut sentiment thinlit.
I am so in love with the Stitched Shapes Framelits that I use them every chance I get! Of course, after you purchase them, you will want to get the three Layering Framelits sets–circles, ovals, and squares–because they layer so nicely together!

Today's cards use the smallest squares with a retired alpha–Sophisticated Serifs.

To begin, I cut a card base 8.5 x 4.5" from Bermuda Bay. I chose a piece of the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack for a matte.

Using Versamark, I stamped the letters on Bermuda Bay and heat embossed them with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. Each letter was die cut using a square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. These were then layered onto a scalloped square die cut from Gold Foil.

The letters were adhered to the card front using Dimensionals. The "you" was cut from Gold Foil using the now retired Hello You Thinlits. It was adhered with liquid adhesive.

Versamark was used to ink the edges of a Whisper White matte and then they were heat embossed using Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.

Linda Vich Creates: Stitched Thank You Cards. This simple thank you card makes use of gold embossed layered die cuts and a die cut sentiment thinlit.


Linda Vich Creates: Stitched Thank You Cards. This simple thank you card makes use of gold embossed layered die cuts and a die cut sentiment thinlit.

The second card was created using Elegant Eggplant.

Linda Vich Creates: Stitched Thank You Cards. This simple thank you card makes use of gold embossed layered die cuts and a die cut sentiment thinlit.


I can't part with my alpha stamps because I like to use a variety of styles and know that as soon as I get rid of one, I'll need it! Do you still use your retired alpha stamp sets?



Friday, January 13, 2017

Hoping For Sunshine

Linda Vich Creates: Hoping For Sunshine. The Stitched Shapes Framelits are used to  create a brightly watercolored flower that adorns an embossed matte.
Tonight I was supposed to be teaching a stamping class but it ended up being postponed until Sunday so I got some play time!

With all the frigid temperatures we've been having, most people are longing for sunshine and warmer temperatures. I decided to make a card to reflect that hope.

With this one card, I was able to use a number of products and a try a few techniques.

I started by die cutting a small circle from a piece of the Inside The Lines paper. This designer paper is one of the FREE Sale-A-Bration products you can receive by placing a $60 order!

I used my new Watercolor Pencils to color it and blended with my Clear Wink of Stella pen. If you haven't yet purchased these, you should put them at the top of your list! They are wonderful! They can be used alone or with an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen or my personal favorite, Wink of Stella. My only complaint? I want more of them–in all of Stampin' Up's wonderful colors!

After coloring, I matted it with a Mambo Melon scalloped circle and then with a Pacific Point circle. I then die cut petals from Marina Mist using an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I used liquid adhesive to adhere them to the back of the circles.

Next I stamped a bee from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set on watercolor paper using Basic Black Archival ink. I colored in the stripes of the bee with a watercolor pencil and then fussy cut the bee. Unfortunately, I cut off one of his antennas so I had to stamp another bee which I die cut with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits. I cut the wings off this one and glued it under the colored bee. I then used a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to trace the edges of the bee to cover up the white spots.

I cut a matte from Melon Mambo and embossed it with the Festive Embossing Folder. I used a piece of adhesive foam to adhere the matte to a Basic Black card front. I then adhered the flower to the matte using Dimensionals. The bee was added using Adhesive Strips.

I die cut the sentiment from both Daffodil Delight and Basic Black using a die from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits. I gave the yellow piece a coat of Wink of Stella before using liquid adhesive to adhere the black behind the yellow, offset to create a shadow effect. The sentiment was then adhered to the card front.

I cut a Whisper White matte for inside the card and adhered a strip of the Inside The Lines paper down the right side. I used my Watercolor Pencils and Wink of Stella to color the strip to complete the card.

Linda Vich Creates: Hoping For Sunshine. The Stitched Shapes Framelits are used to  create a brightly watercolored flower that adorns an embossed matte.

Linda Vich Creates: Hoping For Sunshine. The Stitched Shapes Framelits are used to  create a brightly watercolored flower that adorns an embossed matte.

Linda Vich Creates: Hoping For Sunshine. The Stitched Shapes Framelits are used to  create a brightly watercolored flower that adorns an embossed matte.

Linda Vich Creates: Hoping For Sunshine. The Stitched Shapes Framelits are used to  create a brightly watercolored flower that adorns an embossed matte.

I'm hopeful that the warm thoughts I was thinking while creating this card will bring some warmer weather our way! What's the weather like where you are? Does it affect the type of cards you make?



Thursday, January 12, 2017

2017 New Year's Cards

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 New Year's Cards. Fireworks in gold and silver embossing burst behind gold glimmer numerals on this festive New Year's card.
This year, since I ran out of time to do my own Christmas cards, I decided to try something different . . . I created and sent New Year's cards!

As soon as I saw the It's A Celebration stamp set, I knew that I wanted to use it for fireworks and I envisioned this card. Before actually creating the card, I saw several similar cards on Pinterest so it seems that many of us had the same idea!

I started by cutting a standard card base from Basic Black. I also cut two mattes: one Whisper White and another Basic Black.

Because I knew I would be cutting the numerals for 2017 from Gold Glimmer paper, I wanted to echo that "glimmer" by using a matte of the same. However, I didn't want to use up a whole lot of Gold Glimmer paper in the process.

Instead, I cheated.

I used Versamark to ink the edges of the Whisper White matte and then heat embossed using Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder by Recollections.

This technique of embossing just the edges of a matte can be used to mimic either glimmer or foil paper as well. I find that sometimes the Gold Embossing Powder doesn't match with the Gold Foil paper so this is a way to achieve a consistency between embossed sentiments with a matte of the same color. (This is similar to the old style "dickie" of the sixties where a collar with some attached fabric was worn to mimic a turtleneck being worn under a shirt!)

On the Basic Black matte, I used Versamark and the fireworks stamps, heat embossing some with Gold and some with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder. This matte was adhered to the Gold Embossed Whisper White matte which was adhered to the card base.

After die cutting the numerals from Gold Glimmer using the Large Numbers Framelits Dies, I used Adhesive Strips to adhere the numerals to the card front.

A simple Whisper White matte adhered inside the card was stamped with Happy New Year.

Linda Vich Creates: 2017 New Year's Cards. Fireworks in gold and silver embossing burst behind gold glimmer numerals on this festive New Year's card.

I hope you enjoyed this card and you are enjoying 2017–it's going to be a GREAT year!



Sale-A-Bration: A Big Opportunity For You!

Sale-a-Bration is going strong and you will want to take advantage of all the great benefits! Here's how you can take part:

Shop

For every $60 CAD you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-a-Bration product! Your purchases may come from either the Annual or the Occasions Catalog or a combination of the two! Ready to place an order? SHOP 24/7 in My Online Store.

Host

If you hostess a party of $330 CAD in sales, you'll earn $35 CAD more in Stampin' Rewards! If you choose to do so, you can apply your Stampin' Rewards toward a Starter Kit and become a demonstrator yourself! Contact Me TODAY to book your own party!

Linda Vich Creates: Sale-A-Bration: A Big Opportunity For You!

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Linda Vich Creates: Sale-A-Bration: A Big Opportunity For You!

Linda Vich Creates: Sale-A-Bration: A Big Opportunity For You!


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