Over The Moon

Over The Moon Stamp Set

How cute is this stamp set?? I’m sure it was made for all of those people in our lives that enjoy cuteness! As I have mentioned before, I have many grandchildren, and one of them enjoys all things purple. This is where the Purple Posy In Color cardstock and Designer Series paper came into play.

The dimensions for the card base are: 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”. Score at 4 1/4”. For the Designer series paper: 4” x 5 1/4”. I cut a scrap of Whisper White at 3” x 3 1/2“. The tag is 1” X 3” in Purple Posy and 3/4” x 2 3/4” Whisper White. I always say those scraps of paper will come in handy.

Once my image was stamped, I colored in the image using our markers. I am thinking the Blends might have worked better here, but I was already on a roll. And, to be honest, my people know I never color between the lines..haha. A few Woven Thread Sequins (I do like my bling) and some twine completed this card.

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It is easy to look at product lists and think “cha-ching…that’s a lot of money”. What I always suggest is to start out small. Try a card kit. Or, find a set you just have to have and shop around that. You will be amazed at how many different cards you can design with one stamp set, a few ink pads and matching cardstock/ designer paper. If new to stamping, look to our New Stamper brochure. You can get creative with just a few items. If you are interested in looking at the catalog, please visit my online store: cardsbycoco.stampinup.net. You will find wonderful card examples in the catalog to help you plan your project.

Slightly different using Terracotta Tile colors. The flower pot was punched from the Above the Clouds bundle and the flower is from the Varied Vases Stamp Set.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!

Father’s Day and Watercoloring

Father’s Day is definitely a day to be celebrated in our home. Not only did I marry a fabulous guy who brought two amazing children with him, but he has also been a kind, loving and generous stepfather (I really dislike saying “stepfather”, because he has been so much more). All of our girls are grown women now, but Kevin’s positive influence continues.

This card, though, is for my Dad. I grew up in a beach community in Brooklyn, New York. I have so many wonderful memories of fishing in and around the ocean with my father. As you can see, his birthday and Father’s Day often fall together.

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It was much easier to make this card than it looks. Again, for me, it’s always a little of this and a little of that. I LOVE Stampin’ Ups! Watercolor paper and this card showcases that paper so well. I started by using the Sale-A-Bration stamp set “By the Bay” (the Sailing Home Bundle in the new catalog would work beautifully here and it comes in a bundle!). I inked my image with Stazon, and then began the watercoloring process with our watercolor pencils and an aqua painter. I did want to add a little color to the background, so Stampin’ Write markers to the rescue again. This is such an easy process: take the “fat” end of the marker and rub it across one of your blocks. Pick up the color with the aqua painter and lightly “paint” your background. I felt it was the subtle touch needed for this beachy background.

I completed the card with some twine and a starfish embellishment from a Paper Pumpkin kit. Use what you have in the house. Craft supplies are meant to be fun!

Always save your scraps of paper to make your expression tags with. Nobody likes to cut into a 12×12 piece of cardstock for a 1” tag (haha).

Happy crafting and enjoy the special Dads in your life!

Quilling is Not as Easy as it Looks

The card I am sharing today is a quilling card. I only make these for special occasions because they take me a long time to make. (For those of you who do not know, I suffered an injury 3 years ago and have limited neck mobility and limited fine motor coordination in my left hand, etc.). I started making cards as my own form of occupational therapy (once a nurse, always a nurse).

My husband and I have a large, blended, crazy fun, extended family. Between us, we have happily blended six girls together (alright, adult women now, but forever my girls). The card I am sharing is for a 31st birthday that is coming up soon. The years sure pass quickly, don’t they?

I have taken a few classes from a master quiller (her work is amazing). You can find her card kits at her Etsy shop @HeirloomQuilling (Heidi Theon). If you find yourself in the Longview, Washington or the Portland, Oregon area, I suggest you take a peek at her card class schedule. You can also access a few good beginner videos on YouTube.

Of course, I am always happy I have my stash of Stampin’ Up supplies. Dimensionals, a small banner, pearls, ink, Wink of Stella and a few other supplies allowed me to modify the design of the card and make it my own.

Birthdays should always be celebrated! Now to find the perfect gift…

Let’s talk Paper Pumpkin

~This month’s Paper Pumpkin arrived in a pretty box~
~May Paper Pumpkin included all of this! Enough to make 12 cards~

Today’s cards will feature the May 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit. For those of you not familiar with Paper Pumpkin (PP), I’ll give a quick explanation. PP are monthly subscription kits which are designed for anyone that wants to quickly and easily make handcrafted projects/ cards. Everything you need to get started is in the box! Each month has a different look and theme. For the beginner paper crafter, this is a great way to try different styles.

I made the above four cards using only what came in the kit. No extra glue, paper or embellishments (and, I love my bling). The Stampin’ dot ink pad is Early Expresso. It’s such a nice, warm color.

~Don’t forget to add a special touch to the envelopes~

I made one alternative using some of our In Colors. To make this card, I cut the card base (Roccoco Rose) at 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”. Score at 4 1/4”.

The 2nd layer is Very Vanilla cardstock: cut at 5 1/4” x 4”. I cut the floral card from the PP kit at 4 3/4” x 3 1/2”.

The tag is 1” x 3” Roccoco Rose and 3/4” x 2 3/4” of Whisper White. I used the “Hello” stamp (stamped in Roccoco Rose) from May’s PP along with the twine. I used the floral stamp from the kit on Whisper White (5 1/4” x 4”) for the inside layer of the card. I embellished with three of the In Color Faceted Dots.

***Helpful Hint*** Save your scraps of paper. They always come in handy for tags, banners, etc.

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So, I told you I like my bling and embellishments. This card needed more. It just did not look finished. I used some Wink of Stella which added a little bit of sparkle and a few more of the goodies from the PP kit.

~Finished Product~
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