WPLUS9 "Big Deal" Birthday Box Card

Hello friends!  I wanted to share with you today a festive 3D box card that was such a joy to make!  When I first spotted WPLUS9's "Big Deal" stamp set, I immediately fell in love with it!  How can you not adore all of those cute little animals and the sweet circus theme?  I decided to make a fun Birthday Box Card for my sweet little niece using this set.

To start, I first stamped my images using some Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto white cardstock and then colored them with copic sketch markers.  I then created the base of my card by using a 12"x12" piece of red cardstock to create a box.  I usually follow this tutorial by Splitcoaststampers to get the right measurements but once done, I make a few adjustments of my own (such as trimming the bottom panels of the box card to be the same length as the side flaps).

For the decorative paper panels on the flaps and bottom of the box, I trimmed 6 pieces of white cardstock to 2.5" x 2.5".  I then used the 6"x6" "Hip Hip Hooray" patterned paper pad by Doodlebug Designs to trim 6 different 2.25" x 2.25" panels of patterned paper to layer on top of the white panel pieces.  I used the same paper for the large back panel of the card but the pieces were 2.5" x 5.25" (white piece) and 2.25" x 5" (patterned piece) respectively. 

Before adhering my animals to the box base, I added some shimmer to the balls and flags with a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Marker.  For the acrobatic panda, I trimmed a few long, thin pieces of dark brown cardstock and adhered them together for added stability.  I added a piece of twine between these two pieces and glued my panda (holding the flags) to this twine.  I then simply added the rest of the pieces to the inside "shelving" of the box base.  For the bear tossing the ball, I used a clear piece of acetate to attach the ball to his hand so that it actually looked like he was throwing the ball into the air.  So much fun!

I hope you've enjoyed my card!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!



Pudgie Mouse - The Stamps of Life

Hello friends!  I am so excited to share with you a newly released stamp and die combo from The Stamps of Life!  It's called mousepudgie2stamp and it's the first in a new line of "pudgie animals" designed by Stephanie Barnard.  This set was so much fun to work with!

For my first card, I started with TSOL Box Card for my base.  I then added some layers of patterned paper & solid cardstock to the flaps and sides.  Next, I die cut some pieces of grass using TSOL Grass Die and then glued them into the box.  For my mouse & cheese pieces, I stamped them all with Tsukineko Tuxedo Black ink and then colored them with my Copics.  I used the coordinating dies to die cut the images and then added them to the inside "shelves" of my box card.  The cute little camera is from an older (but awesome!) stamp set called camera2stamp.  I glued this to the mouses hands (or paws) and then used the smaller banner stamp from morechalksayings2stamp upon which to stamp my sentiment.   

This next card was super simple to make!  For my background, I die cut a piece of white cardstock to 4x5.25".  I then did the same for the dark yellow piece of cardstock.  Following this, I used a variety of circle dies from TSOL and laid them on the yellow cardstock in various places to cut "cheese holes" once I ran them through my diecutting machine.  After I stamped my sentiment, I then used some foam tape for added dimension and adhered this to the back of the yellow cardstock before placing it over the white piece of cardstock.  Once complete, I stamped, colored and cut my mouse & cheese and simply added them into the largest "cheese hole" on the bottom right-hand corner of the card.  Done in no time!

Lastly, I created this fun little flip-its card that says "I Have A Secret" on the front. Once flipped open, it then reads, "Can you be a quiet as a mouse?".  I used the Sizzix Playful Flip-its Die Set for my base.  I added some panels using TSOL "Awesome" Collection patterned paper (which came in a recent Card Club kit).  For my sentiment, I simply die cut a few ovals using both TSOL Stitched Oval Dies and regular Oval Dies and then stamped my sentiment on top.  Once again, for the mouse, I stamped him/her with Tuxedo Black in and then used my copics to color.  

Head on over to The Stamps of Life to check out this new and fun stamp & die set!   You can click HERE to check out The Stamps of Life gallery for more ideas using this set.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  Hope you all have a wonderful day!



Stamps of Life - Sizzix Border Words Set

I absolutely love all of the new Sizzix Dies that Stephanie Barnard has designed this season.  And two new ones have been released today at a special FLASH SALE price on The Stamps of Life website! They are called the Sizzix Border Words Die Set and the Sizzix Thank You Drop-in Set (which I will blog about separately).

I used the Sizzix Border Words "Life Is Sweet" Die for the card shown above.  Also included on this card are some scrumptious strawberries that I stamped and colored (with my copics R17, R46 and R59) using TSOL morestrawberries2stamp stamp and die set.  I used a white gel pen to add some little white dots to the strawberries in hopes of making them look more realistic.  For the leaves, I diecut them on TSOL Kiwi Cardstock and then used a blending tool to add Kiwi Ink on the top of the leaf and Green Apple Ink along the edges.  The patterned paper if from TSOL "Me & You" Collection which should be available for purchase within the next few weeks.

For my second card, I used the "You Are Beautiful" Border Word Die.  Both border word dies come together as a set, so it's a really good deal!  For the base of my card, I used the Sizzix Royal Stand-Ups Card Die Set.  I added some patterned paper from TSOL "Thank You" Collection.  For the blue background, I blended some Sky Blue Ink around the edges of the piece of blue paper.  The ladybugs were stamped from the Ladybugs2love stamp set and cut with their coordinating dies.  I also colored these with Copic Markers (R17, R46 & R59) before diecutting them.  I used the Sizzix Rectangle/Gift Card Flip-its Card Die Set to die cut some large flowers with white cardstock.  Once cut, I then blended some Lemonade Ink around the edges to give them a little more depth.

These dies really are amazing!  They make cardmaking so easy...especially when you're in a pinch and need to make a card quickly.  Not many of us have a lot of free time into making very tedious cards, right?  Quick and simple, yet elegant!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you all have a wonderful day! :0)


Pretty Pink Posh - Easter Box Card

Hello friends!  I would like to share with you a sweet little Easter Box Card that I made using some amazing and newly released stamps and dies from Pretty Pink Posh.  Since I'm fairly new to card making, I first discovered Pretty Pink Posh near the end of last year.  I had been ordering embellishments by Pretty Pink Posh from other companies for my shaker cards but it wasn't until later that I realized that this company also offered super cute stamps and dies!

For this box card, I was hoping to make a cute little Easter Egg Hunt scene.  For the base of my box card, I followed this easy tutorial (from Splitcoaststampers) to create the base using a 12"x12" piece of purple cardstock and my scoreboard and paper trimmer.  The amazing plaid patterned paper is called The Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Petite Paper Pack from Lawn Fawn.

As for the cute little characters and accessories that are in the box card, I used the PPP Friends Forever stamp set and coordinating dies for the little boy and girl.  The Easter eggs and cute little Easter basket came from the PPP Easter Friends stamp set and coordinating dies.  The pink flowers and cute little bumble bees came from a PPP stamp set called Bee Friends that is currently free with qualifying purchases.  I stamped all of my images with Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with copic markers.

Lastly, I added a little banner stretching above the box from side to side.  I used the Fishtail Flag Banner Die by Your Next Stamp to cut the banner from white cardstock and colored it with some shades of blue Copic markers and then glued it to two paper "posts" on each side of the box.

I made this card as a little surprise for my daughter (in her Easter Basket) who, like most children, loves to hunt for Easter Eggs.  I will be playing along and entering this card into the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: For A Special Lady/Girl

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  Please feel free to leave any comments or questions!


Stamps of Life - Sheep2stamp

Hello!  Have you seen the new sheep2stamp club stamp set and coordinating dies from The Stamps of Life?  Talk about super cute!  There are also two coordinating stamp sets called sayings4sheep and patterns4sheep that were just released today!  I'd like to quickly share a few cards with you that I created using these sets.  All stamps, dies and patterned paper are from The Stamps of Life.

For the above card, I decided to make a z-fold card base to create a pasture full of sheep.  Check out my previous blog post (here) to see how to create a z-fold card base similar to this one.  For the sky background, I simply cut some patterned paper from the "Happy" Collection.  I then added the white picket fence using the Sizzix Flowers & Fence Stamps & Dies.  I added a tree in the background and some grass along the fence.  The cute little yellow flowers came from the Mini Flower Dies.  To finish off my card, I added a few happy little bumble bees from the bee4me stamp set and coordinating dies.

For this next card, I used the same sheep stamps and dies but achieved a bit of a different look than my previous card.  Instead of stamping and coloring the sheep, I die cut their bodies from wool felt.  The heads of the sheep were die cut (using the coordinating dies) from white cardstock and colored with different tones of grey (using Copics).  The base of the card is from the Sizzix Kind Sentiments Step-ups Card Die Set.  The background patterned paper is from the "Make A Wish" Collection and the flowers from the Flowers With Stems Die Set.  

If you've never tried any of the Sizzix Flip-its Card Die Sets, they make cardmaking super easy!  I love this set (shown above), called the Sizzix Circle #2 Flip-its Card Set.  I added some purple & white floral paper panels cut from the "Sunshine" Collection Patterned Paper.  The flowers came from the Mini Flower Dies and the leaves from the Quarter Flowers with Leaves Die Set.

And last, but not least, I have this cute little "unique" sheep card to share.  I just love that pink hair!  It reminds me of when I was in college and would constantly change my hair color or makeup colors just to be different.  I never was into "following the crowd", so I absolutely love this saying!  The swirls on the sheep came from the patterns4sheep stamp set.  The card base is from the Sizzix Greetings Scallop Edge Drop-ins.  I used paper from the "Thanks" Collection Patterned Paper Pad.  Also used in this card were the Sizzix Circles, Scallop Framelits Die Set and The Stamps of Life Stitched Circle Dies.  

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  Enjoy the rest of the week and hopefully the weekend will get here soon!


Sizzix Half Card Panels and The Stamps of Life Mini Handle Box

Hello!  It's the first of the month and that means new stamps and dies from The Stamps of Life!  I'd like to quickly share with you a few cards that I made using some newly released products.  Check out The Stamps of Life website as both of these products are available at a special FLASH SALE price today only!

For this first card, I used the newly released Sizzix Half Card Panels designed by Stephanie Barnard.  I just love the intricate design on this panel.  I stamped a cute teapot from the tea4two stamp set and embossed some swirls with clear embossing powder.  The swirls came from a special Stamps of Life stamp set that they used to send out to club members after your first club-year anniversary.  I then painted the teapot with some distress inks. Also used on this card:

I used the same Sizzix Half Card Panels for my next card and the following products:

Also available today at a special flash sale price are these super cute Mini Handle Box Dies!  They are perfect for party, shower, and/or bridal favors.  I used this die and paired it with both the Sizzix Window Stamps & Dies Set (for the ladybug) and the Sizzix Tags & Words Stamps & Dies set (for the tag).

Lastly, I created one more Mini Handle Box using the "Blessings" Collection Patterned Paper from The Stamps of Life.  Super quick and easy!

For the fun of it, I will be entering some of these cards into the following challenges:

Addicted To Stamps and More Challenge #251: Anything Goes

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Tag You're It

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  I appreciate all of your comments and questions!  Have a wonderful day!