Handmade Shower Invitation

handmade Shower invitaitonToday I am sharing a handmade Shower Invitation that my friend and I designed for her daughter’s shower.

I used the new Serene Garden Stamp set from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  I love the look of this set.  It is definitely very serene.  This set would be perfect for thank you cards, thinking of you and sympathy cards.  So pretty.

This set comes in a bundle with matching framelit dies.  But it also has a die that embosses the main floral image. 

The invitations are 5 x 7.  The base is a piece of the new Blueberry Bushel cardstock cut to 5 x 7″.  I was playing around with the width of the mat for this card and also the portrait versus landscape layouts.  The card on the right with the portrait layout has a piece of Whisper White cardstock is cut to 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″.   The image is stamped on the lower left corner with Basic Gray ink.  For the landscape invitation I cut the Whisper White cardstock to 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ for a wider mat on the base.

I used the Old Olive Blends marker to color the leaves on these cards.  I really like the shading effects that you can get with the Stampin’ Blends markers.  For the flowers I used the Blueberry Bushel ink with an aqua painter since this color isn’t available in the Stampin’ Blends markers yet.

So of course I had to try out the new embossing die.  So I made a card using some of the new purple colors;  Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape.  NOTE:  you do need an embossing mat for your Big Shot.  Check out the Embossing mats in the new catalog on page 221. 

For the this card, the base is Gorgeous Grape cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4.  The next layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Highland Heather cardstock. 

The next layer is a 2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock with a mat of Gorgeous Grape cut to 2 1/8″ x 3 5/8″.

For this card, I used an aqua painter and did a wash across the white cardstock for the sky.  I stamped the corner leaf image in the two bottom corners.  Next I stamped the leaf with single flower image and the larger flower above.  I then stamped the two flowers again with the butterfly on scrap cardstock and cut them out with the framelit dies.  I colored these image with Highland Heather ink and an aqua painter.   The leaves are colored with the Old Olive Blends Markers.

Then I attached the flower over the image with mini dimensionals.  You can’t tell by the pictures, but I also used a Wink of Stella pen on the larger flower so that it stands out and shimmers which it does!

I can tell that the Serene Garden stamp set is going to become one of my go to stamp sets with this catalog!

Here are the supplies that I used for these items today:
Product List

So which invitation do you like better?  The landscape or portrait?

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Happy Stamping!

Handmade Graceful Glass Card

Today I am sharing a handmade Graceful Glass Card that one of my downline made today!  I just love the look of the new Stampin’ Up! Graceful Glass suite with the Designer Vellum and the Painted Glass stamp set.  This set is absolutely beautiful!  Today one of my downlines, Ruth Tinkham, said she wanted to try an Easel card and had this idea in her head. 
Graceful Glass Easel Card
I am planning on using the Graceful Glass vellum for my Stamp Club class next week; so I was excited when she started working on her idea!

So here are the directions for this gorgeous Easel card:

Card base:  Basic Black cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.
Card Front:  2 pieces of Whisper White cardstock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″

Line up the two  whisper white pieces (do not glue them together yet) and use the half circle die from the Painted Glass dies to cut the rounded top of the window for the card.  Line up the 2 1/2″ square die to cut out the area below the half circle.  Make sure the pieces are in the center of the white pieces.  This will give you the opening for the stained glass window.

Line up one piece of whisper white onto the front half of the basic black card base (the side that has the fold).  Cut the window out again to make the window on the basic black card base.

Choose the section of the patterned Graceful Glass vellum that you want to appear in the window.  Cut around that section so you have a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece.  Use the Blends markers to color the birds on the stained glass window.

Attach one piece of the whisper white cardstock to the front of the card.  Make sure that the windows line up.  Attach the colored vellum piece over the whisper white cardstock making sure the portion that you want to see shows through the window.  Line up the second piece of Whisper White cardstock over the window and attach to hide the vellum.  You should only see the design that you want through the window.

Use the 2 1/2″ square die and the half circle die with Basic Black cardstock to cut out the pieces for the stained glass window.  Use the Fine Tip Glue pen to outline the black outline of the window.  Lay over the vellum.  Set aside to dry.

Stamp the sentiment “Thank You” with Black ink on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock.  Cut out with the layering oval die.  Cut a coordinating scalloped oval from a scrap of Basic Black cardstock.  Attach to the inside of the card near the bottom with dimensionals.  This will become the stand to hold the card open.

Slide a battery operated candle in the center of the card and turn on!


the New 2018-2019 Catalog is HERE!

Yay!! – the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog is Here for the 2018-2019 Year!  Ordering will be online at Noon MT which is 2pm East Coast time!

Want a little peak of some of the products?  Check out this video:

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I am so excited!
Happy Stamping!