I hope you were able to take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s 24 hour Free Shipping promotion last week. Don’t forget that the Spring/Summer Mini Catalogue retires on Wednesday, 30th June 2021. This means that the Last Chance Product Sale will also finish on Wednesday! The latest offer from Stampin’ Up! begins on Thursday 1st July and runs through to 2nd August 2021 and is a Designer Series Paper (DSP) Sale. There will be nine different packs from the new annual catalogue which will be available with a 15% discount! This is the link for the DSP Sale Flyer so you can check out which packs will be available at discounted prices!
I was asked by one of my crafty friends in the US if I would make a video of a card she had designed. It was for a challenge set by her team leader. Kimy joined Stampin’ Up! as a savvy shopper, otherwise known as a hobbyist, i.e. a crafter who joins just for the discount! Kimy joined my Facebook Group called Happy Crafters because I welcome all crafters, not just paper crafters, and I don’t insist that paper crafters have to use solely Stampin’ Up! products. This is the link if you would like to join JanB’s Happy Crafters – please make sure you answer the two membership questions.
In the video I showed four printouts from my computer of four cards that Kimy has made using this design. It’s a fabulous design and the Christmas card is absolutely stunning! I was hoping to share the photographs here but I transferred them where I needed them to be and they disappeared. I will get hubby to find them for me sometime today and I’ll share them with you on Tuesday. The photograph above shows the sketch that Kimy’s team leader set for the challenge. If this challenge had been set for me I would probably walked away because it’s very busy! Fortunately, Kimy decided to turn it into a fun fold card and wanted to share with other crafters.
My prototype card is the Rococo Rose LOVE card which I made to the US sizes Kimy sent me. I needed to know how the card went together before I could start working out A4 measurements. Although I am really pleased how this card turned out, I made one big mistake! As you know, I like my layers and included my regular middle and top layers. I also made my card landscape with a side fold but all the layers made my card front-heavy and it toppled forward! If I had put the fold across the top, it wouldn’t have been a problem but hey ho, it’s all part of the learning curve – good job I used all retired products! LOL!
My second card was my first card in A4 measurements and is the Calypso Coral Sweet as a Peach card. This time I made a portrait card with the fold across the top. I had noticed on Kimy’s cards, sometimes she made the three top layers in the same DSP with a complimentary design for the main layer on the base card. For my first card I followed suit but decided to change to four different designs of DSP. Although I think all four designs go together well, I feel my card looks too busy.
For my third card – the card before the video – I went back to just two designs. I stayed with Sweet as a Peach and used Balmy Blue and white. Apart from the colours, I kept the designs of the two cards the same. As you know I struggle with straight lines and I’m always trying to find ways that are almost fool proof to help me achieve them! In the video I demonstrate how I manage to get the flags on the banner – all three layers! – equal! YAY!
For the video card, I wanted to make a masculine card and my go-to stamp set is Sailing Home. I decided to go through my stamp set reference folder to see what other stamp sets – apart from trees – make great masculine cards. As soon as I saw the Wild Cats Stamp Set, I knew that was the one. The only problem I have when I’m designing a card while I’m making it on a video, is that I never know beforehand exactly what I need for images and the sentiment.
While I was prepping for today’s video, I started by fussy cutting all the tigers that couldn’t be die-cut from the large cat design from the In the Wild DSP pack. The previous Wild Cats card I made, I used quite a bit of the greenery that can be die-cut with different dies from the Big Cats Dies. I chose two of the dies and die-cut a number of each of them in Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen. Fortunately, I prepared more than I needed ahead of time.
The only thing I did that I hadn’t planned to do was popping the tiger on the front of the small card under the banner, up on Dimensionals. As it happens, It hasn’t caused any problems and if anything it has added to the overall look of the card when it’s standing on the shelf – it’s very 3D! If you like this card but don’t like using two layers leave out the middle layers and increase the size of the top layers! I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Kimy for asking me to make a video to showcase her card design. xx
Today is my first non-singing, socially-distanced day back at Church! It’s an experiment to see how it works because the service will also be live-streamed for those who are not ready to come back in person yet. I hope you have a very blessed Sunday. Take care and stay safe and I will try to be back with you on Tuesday with Kimy’s photographs.
Products used for this project: please click on any of the links to be taken to my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop. The Hostess Code for JUNE 2021 is SDKKYXRC Thank you. xx
NA = North America Letter-Size Cardstock
Cajun Craze Cardstock – card base 4 1/8” x 11½” (10.5cm x 29.2cm) NA 4¼” x 11”
Score and fold at 5¾” (14.6cm) NA 5½” on landscape side
Cajun Craze Cardstock – banner 2½” x 5¾” (6.4cm x 14.6cm) NA 2½” x 5¾”
Score and fold at ½” (1.3cm) NA ½” on landscape side
Cajun Craze Cardstock – topper 3” x 3” (7.6cm x 7.6cm) NA 3” x 3”
Cajun Craze Cardstock – card under banner 7½” x 2¾” (19.2cm x 7cm) NA 7½” x 2¾”
Score and fold at 3¾” (9.6cm) NA 3¾” on landscape side
Crushed Curry Cardstock – 2 pieces: middle layers for main card base 3 7/8” x 5½” (9.9cm x 14cm) NA 4” x 5¼”
Crushed Curry Cardstock – middle layer for banner 2¼” x 4 7/8” (5.8cm x 12.4cm) NA 2¼” x 4 7/8”
Crushed Curry Cardstock – middle layer for topper 2¾” x 2¾” (7cm x 7cm) NA 2¾” x 2¾”
Crushed Curry Cardstock – 2 pieces: middle layers card under banner 3½” x 2½” (9cm x 6.4cm) NA 3½” x 2½”
In the Wild Designer Series Paper – design 1 top layer front of card base 3¾” x 5 3/8” (9.6cm x 13.7cm) NA 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
So Saffron Cardstock – top layer inside card base 3¾” x 5 3/8” (9.6cm x 13.7cm) NA 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
In the Wild Designer Series Paper – design 2 banner top layer 2 1/8” x 4¾” (5.5cm x 12.1cm) NA 2 1/8” x 4¾”
In the Wild Designer Series Paper – design 2 topper top layer 2 5/8” x 2 5/8” (6.7cm x 6.7cm) NA 2 5/8” x 2 5/8”
In the Wild Designer Series Paper – design 2 top layer front card under banner 3 3/8” x 2 3/8” (8.7cm x 6.1cm) NA 3 3/8” x 2 3/8”
So Saffron Cardstock – top layer inside card under banner 3 3/8” x 2 3/8” (8.7cm x 6.1cm) NA 3 3/8” x 2 3/8”
Basic White Cardstock – scraps for sentiment and images
Soft Succulent Cardstock – scraps for greenery
Evening Evergreen Cardstock – scraps for greenery