Best thing ever: Pop-up cards!!

Okay, maybe not the best thing ever (Braum’s limeade on a hot summer day, my Texas friends?), but still pretty stinking cool. See, this is the outside:

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And this is the inside:

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Neat-o, right?

The best part is that they’re simple to make. Stampin’ Up!’s Pop ‘N Cuts dies make a card base in one step and the pop-up insert in the next step. They’re so easy but look really hard and make the giver look amazingly talented.

I chose the colors and papers so I could play along with the Fab Friday color challenge.

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I’m in love with Sweater Weather paper, as you know. I even bought the digital download for My Digital Studio so I can use it in my hybrid scrapbook pages. Look at the close-up of this paper.

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The pattern looks like a knit sweater; I adore it.

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The “twigs” behind the leaves on the pop-up are from the yummy Burlap ribbon in the Holiday catalog. I pulled it apart strand by strand, then glued the strands onto the pop-up using the Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Then I added the leaves, using Dimensionals between each layer.

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The sentiment and the other stamps on the card are from the Best of Autumn stamp set. Stampin’ Up! has released a Best-of stamp set each month in 2013 to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary. If you buy six of the sets, you can send in a card with your proofs of purchase and receive a seventh set for free.

So these pop-up cards have a big wow factor but not a big work factor. I love tools that make things so easy! You can purchase any of the items used to make the card in my Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7.

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Sahara Sand (item#121043), Soft Sky (131203), and Very Vanilla (101650) cardstock; Sweater Weather designer series paper (132184); Champagne Glimmer paper (127885)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (126979), Crushed Curry (131173), Tangerine Tango (126946)
Stamps: Best of Autumn (134390)
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot (113439), Card Base Pop ‘N Cuts die (130099), Label Pop ‘N Cuts die (130160), Extended Cutting Pads (113478), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Adorning Accents edgelits (125595)
Embellishments/Adhesives: Crushed Curry 3/4″ Chevron ribbon (130019), Regals Designer Buttons (130029), Linen Thread (104199), 1-1/4″ Burlap ribbon (132140), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Glue Dots (103683), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

Simply Sketched Hello Card

simply sketched hello card

At Stampin’ Up! Convention a couple weeks ago, they were going for a world record — the most greeting cards sent from the same place at the same time. I made this card and planned to send it to my BFF, but the line was so long (they sent over 2,900 cards!), and it was my first convention, so I didn’t want to spend my entire first evening in line. (They did set the world record, BTW.) My BFF will understand when I finally send it to her.

I found the sketch at Splitcoast Stampers. This was my first time to use the new Simply Sketched stamp set (available for hostesses of a qualifying workshop) and also my first time to use the watercolor paper and markers.

I stamped the image in StazOn black ink, then colored the grass in with a Pear Pizzazz marker. I outlined the bird with an Island Indigo marker, then used a blender pen to color in the rest of the bird, and finally sponged the background with Soft Sky ink. The window was cut using the Window Frames framelits, and I popped that layer up on Dimensionals just to give it a little extra… um, dimension.

Do you love that button? I can’t get enough of the Very Vintage buttons. And I did have the twine tied in a neat little bow, but it got all smushed in my bag before I took a picture of it, and I didn’t notice until just now. Oops.

The “hello” sentiment is from Pennant Parade, one of my favorite sets for tiny words, and also a great set in general — very versatile, so many uses, especially when you pair it with the Perfect Pennants builder punch.

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Have a great evening! I’m hoping my evening is much less eventful than last evening, when we had to take my daughter to the ER to make sure her finger wasn’t broken. Poor little sweetie has a bad contusion from getting her finger caught in a collapsing step stool.

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Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, and Whisper White cardstock; Subtles Backgrounds designer series paper stack, Quatrefancy designer series paper; Watercolor paper
Ink: StazOn black, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz and Island Indigo markers
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Window Frames Collection framelits, Stampin’ Sponges, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Island Indigo Ruffled ribbon (retired), Very Vintage buttons, Island Indigo baker’s twine, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Truly Grateful Thanksgiving Card

Truly Grateful handmade Thanksgiving Card

I’m severely gluten-intolerant; a crumb of bread will make me sick for a week, no kidding. So I was amused at Stampin’ Up! Convention when I won the Truly Grateful stamp set, the one stamp set with the giant bunch of wheat in it. I did want the set (available this Thursday in the new Holiday catalog), but I still laughed that I won the wheat stamp.

It’s a really pretty stamp, though. And Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday, after Christmas, and it’s only four months away, so I clearly needed to make my first ever Thanksgiving card.

I found this fun sketch at the Paper Players¬†and had to play along. I pulled out the Sweater Weather paper (also available this Thursday) since it is so perfect for fall cards (and baby cards, masculine cards, baby books…) and chose my colors from there.

The card base is Soft Sky, one of the new-ish colors. I then embossed a piece of Very Vanilla using the Woodgrain folder and lightly sponged on some Sahara Sand ink to give it a birch-y look. For the horizontal strip of paper, I used Chocolate Chip, which I embossed using one of the Needlepoint Borders folders. I think it adds a little something, and the Needlepoint Borders have that kind of homey country feel that a Thanksgiving card should have. Before I adhered the Chocolate Chip strip, I attached a piece of Champagne Glimmer Paper underneath it, just to give my Thanksgiving card a little bit of unexpected sparkle. I love the effect that just a little bit of glimmer paper gives to a card! Then I added those wonderful little Soft Sky Candy Dots.

I added the strip of Sweater Weather paper using Dimensionals. I stamped my poisonwheat in Chocolate Chip on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. “Why, Sarah, you’re an amazing artist to be able to make that so pretty!” Oh, thank you, but the stamp does all the hard work. I stamped it, then colored in the image with Crushed Curry and Soft Sky markers. And I didn’t spend a lot of time coloring. I cut the wheat out using one of the Ovals Collection framelits, then lightly sponged the edges in Soft Sky ink and added the wheat to the card using Dimensionals.

For my sentiment, I first punched 3 little chevron arrows out of the Regals Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack using the awesome new Chevron Border punch (available Thursday!) and attached those. The sentiment is from the Truly Grateful set, stamped in Chocolate Chip. I cut the sentiment using one of the Chalk Talk framelits, then cut off the bottom half with a pair of scissors.

I hope you enjoyed my card! Please visit my Stampin’ Up! store, and Prepare to Dye!

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Sweater Weather designer series paper and Regals Backgrounds DSP stack, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky marker, Crushed Curry marker
Stamps: Truly Grateful
Tools: Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Ovals Collections framelits, Needlepoint Borders embossing folder, Woodgrain embossing folder, Chevron Border punch, Stampin’ Sponge
Embellishments/Adhesives: Subtles Candy Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals