Thursday, June 16, 2011

Simply Stampin' Up! - Edition #1

Hey! I'm glad you stopped by the blog today - I'm introducing a new, regular feature and I'm thrilled about the first installment!

One of the things I hear from my clients and demos alike is that they love many of the samples shown in popular paper crafting magazines, but they don't love that Stampin' Up! supplies aren't used with any regularity to make the things that appeal to them. So, I thought it would be kinda fun to do a weekly feature called "Simply Stampin' Up!". I'll be taking a card or other paper crafting design that has caught my eye in a magazine, using other supplies, and re-create it using Stampin' Up! ONLY! Does that sound good to you? I hope so!

Here's my design for this week:

I love these collage type cards and I really loved the one shown on the last page of a magazine that I received in the mail last week.
Here's my card compared with the one in the magazine:

You can also see the inspiration piece the original artist used in the photo. That's something else I love to do - find inspiration in things around me.

So, how did I do today's card?

Layer 1 is the card base. I used Pink Pirouette cardstock, cut at 4 1/4" x 11" to make a Tent style card.

Layer 2 is Very Vanilla cardstock cut at 3 3/4" x 5" giving a bit wider pink border around it from the card base.
I inked up my En Francais background stamp with Pink Pirouette ink and stamped it on the cardstock.
**TD Tip #1
- when using a background or other very large stamp, lay the stamp on your stamping surface with rubber side up. Ink up the stamp then lay your cardstock on the surface. Place a piece of Grid Paper or other paper overtop and smooth over it with your hands. This fully inks the cardstock and keeps your fingers clean in the process.**

Next, I inked up the floral spray stamp from Elements of Style using Basic Gray ink. It's pretty dark, so to achieve the look of the magazine card, I stamped off on my Grid Paper one time to soften the ink. I stamped it in the lower right hand corner on top of the background.
The greeting, from Sincere Salutations, was stamped in the same way with Basic Gray ink stamped off one time.
That piece was sponged along the edges with Crumb Cake ink and a Stamping Sponge.
To color my flowers, I used my Stampin' Pastels and simply colored them in with Pink Pirouette chalk and a sponge tip applicator. Very easy!

Layer 3 is another piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut at 3 3/4" x 2". I used my Eyelet Border Punch for the bottom edge and then sponged all around this piece with more Crumb Cake ink. Taking my Music Notes Standard Wheel, I inked it up with the Pink Pirouette ink pad and wheeled it across the cardstock three times. I did use my Wheel Guide for straight placement.

At the top left, I used the swirl stamp from the Strength and Hope stamp set. Again, it was stamped in Basic Gray ink and stamped off one time.
This layer was adhered to Layer 2 using Tombow Adhesive, then both layers were adhered to the card base with more Tombow.

For the embellishment, I took a length of Pretty in Pink 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (which is retiring along with many of the other colors of 3/8" Taffeta!) and tied it around the whole top of the card, finishing with a pretty, floppy bow. My little accent piece is a button from the Neutrals collection that I've inserted an Antique Brad in the center. It's attached to the card with Mini Glue Dots to finish it all up.

This card made me so happy the other night when I was making it - I did a little happy stamper dance around the studio! I think Stampin' Up! makes the most beautiful and versatile products on the market and I love being able to show them like this.

If you want to recreate this card on your own, you now have the directions, you just need the supplies. Everything that I used can be found in my ONLINE STORE. It's open 24/7 so you can shop anytime that's convenient for you. I love being able to do that, don't you?
I've included a handy shopping list for you at the bottom of this post. That makes it even easier!

Happy Stamping today!

111351 - Pink Pirouette Cardstock
101650 - Very Vanilla Cardstock
111838 - Pink Pirouette Classic Ink Pad
109120 - Basic Gray Classic Ink Pad
121030 - Crumb Cake Classic Ink Pad
109521 - En Francais Background Stamp
123660 - Strength and Hope Clear Mount Stamp Set
120327 - Music Notes Wheel
102971 - Standard Wheel Handle
109067 - Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon
119743 - Neutrals Button Collection
117273 - Antique Brads
110755 - Tombow Multi-Adhesive
103683 - Mini Glue Dots
120962 - Stampin' Pastels

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  1. Robin,

    This is beautiful! So soft and feminine.


  2. Hello Robin,

    I too like this simply Stampin'Up-idea of yours a lot. I think your card looks much nicer :o)

  3. That is soo pretty!!!! I can't stop looking at it! I love the "Simply Stampin' Up" idea too! Thanks for sharing!

  4. That is so gorgeous. You did a great job.

  5. Great feature. I did something similar with a card I saw on another blog that did not use any SU supplies. I recreated it with only SU supplies and posted it to Stampin' Connection. I'll email it to you in a minute.

    I look forward to your future posts.

    Antoinette Bay

  6. This is a great idea. Thanks for doing it. I look forward to checking out what you do to change cards into SU exclusives.

  7. OMG! Your card is just stunning! I love the idea and can't wait to see what else you will come up with! Just too, too awesome! TFS!

  8. OMG! Your card is stunning to say the least! I love your idea and can't wait to see what else you will share with us! Thanks!

  9. I so love this idea. I usually get card magazine or scrap magazine as subscriptions as gifts. I never thought to use the ideas to resurrect a SU image! I guess I'll be dusting off the shelves and getting to work!! Thanks for sharing - simply breath taking card!

  10. What a fantastic idea!!! I love it and might have to try my own hand at 'Simply Stampin' Up!' Thanks for sharing! :-)
    Ps - I think your card looks much nicer then the magazine's.


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