Thursday, June 30, 2011

Simply Stampin' Up! - Edition 3

Hey there stampers! It's Thursday and you know what that means here - yep, only one more day until the weekend! WooHoo!

Yes, that's true, but it's also time for another edition of Simply Stampin' Up!. You know, I take a project from a paper crafting publication and re-create it using all SU! supplies.

Here's my card for this week:

I call this the afghan card because it reminds me of an afghan we used to have on our couch when I was growing up. My Dad and I used to curl up under that afghan every Sunday and watch the Redskins games together. That's where my love of football came from and my love of a good Sunday afternoon nap!

And here's my card next to the magazine photo:

You might be able to see that the magazine card was meant as a Father's Day card, but as with most designs, you can change the sentiment to fit what you need. The wavy layers on their card are layers of cardstock, but I knew the perfect way to "faux" it!
Want to go step by step? Ok, let's get started!

Layer 1: My card base is Pumpkin Pie Cardstock cut at 4 1/4" x 11", folded in half to make a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card.

Layer 2: This is a combination of Whisper White Cardstock and a piece of Greenhouse Gala Designer Paper. (Today is the LAST day to get this Designer Paper, so don't miss it if you want some!) This design is one that I haven't used much this past year, but isn't it perfect for this card? Yep, I thought so too!

I took a 4" x 4" piece of the Designer Paper and trimmed along the bottom using my Paper Snips, following the pattern on the paper.

Once that was trimmed off, I used a small bit of Dotto Temporary Adhesive to attach the Designer paper to the card base. I placed the lowest points of the cut Designer paper along the bottom edge of the card base and trimmed with my Paper Snips, following the pattern.
I removed the Designer Paper from the Card Base and erased the Dotto with my Adhesive Eraser.

Then I took a 4" x 2 1/2" piece of Whisper White Cardstock and put a small bit of Dotto Temporary Adhesive on the front, right in the middle. I laid my trimmed piece of Designer Paper on the Whisper White Cardstock, taking care to place the points of the cut line along the bottom line of the white piece.

I used my Paper Snips once again and trimmed the Whisper White Cardstock to match the cut line of the Designer Paper.
(Even though the width of each stripe in the paper is different, the up and down lines are the same, so cutting it this way gave me a perfectly cut, matching layers for this card. Keep reading, you'll see!)
I removed the Designer Paper from the White Cardstock and erased the Dotto.

**TD Tip: Dotto Temporary Adhesive is perfect for times when you need to hold something in place for just a short time. I use less than a 1/2 inch, just enough to hold the piece. It comes off easily with the Adhesive Eraser. You can simply rub it off, but I've learned not to do that, because more often than not, I have ink or something on my hands and it leaves a mark. Stick with the Adhesive Eraser and you'll always have great results.

Ok, let's put the card together!

I took the Designer Paper layer and added SNAIL Adhesive to the back. It was placed on the card base, shifted up a bit to allow a bit of the cut cardstock base to show at the bottom.

Before adding the Whisper White layer, I did my stamping. The greeting is from the Word Play stamp set and I colored it with my Stampin' Write Markers - Early Espresso and Pumpkin Pie.
I then added SNAIL Adhesive to the back and layered it on top of the Designer Paper, taking care to leave an 1/8"border across the top of the card. See how the bottom cut edge matches the Designer Paper? Yep, no matter which stripe you put it on, the lines match up!

So, how did I do the stitching?
The magazine card was actually stitched with some kind of twine - not SU! Hemp Twine. I decided to "faux" it and used the Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker to draw on my stitches.

Layer 3: How about that star? Easy-peasy!
I took a 3" x 3" piece of cardboard backer from a pad of Grid Paper (always save your cardboard!) and glued on a coordinating piece of Greenhouse Gala Designer Paper with Tombow Adhesive.
Next, I pulled out my Stars #2 Die for my Big Shot and cut the star with that. See, I told you it was easy!
Listen, why spend a ton of money purchasing expensive embellishments from a craft store when you can make your own, CUSTOM ones that completely match your project? And for pennies!
A one time investment in a Big Shot and dies that you like will save you so much $$$ over time and you can make exactly what you want, when you want it. Makes total sense to me!

So, to finish it off, I took a Button from the Brights Collection and threaded it with a piece of Hemp Twine, knotting it off on top. I trimmed off the ends and used a Mini Glue Dot or two to add it to the middle of my custom made star. The star was added to the card front with more Mini Glue Dots and what do you know? There's your card!

This card really grabbed me because of the pattern - I knew I could use that Greenhouse Gala paper to re-create it and I think it turned out pretty cool! Now you be the judge - do you like it too? I'd love to hear from you!

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!
Don't forget though - if you want the Designer Paper, you need to order before Midnight Tonight! As of this morning, it was still available, but with limited supplies it may sell out, so don't wait long.

Happy Stamping!

Stampin' Supplies:

105117 - Pumpkin Pie Cardstock
100730 - Whisper White Cardstock
117167 - Greenhouse Gala Designer Paper
119680 - Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker
105115 - Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker
120973 - Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker
120651 - Word Play Stamp Set(Clear Mount)
103579 - Paper Snips
103305 - Dotto Temporary Adhesive
104332 - SNAIL Adhesive
110755 - Tombow Multi Adhesive
103684 - Adhesive Eraser
103683 - Mini Glue Dots
119747 - Brights Button Collection
100982 - Hemp Twine
113439 - Big Shot
113461 - Stars #2 Die

Place your orders at this link here: Robin's Online Store
Click the SHOP NOW button at the top right!


  1. Oooooh! LOVE this!!! Especially the fact that you cut the DSP at the bottom of the card! I am LOVING this new feature of yours. Keep up the good work!


    We all like to see how that creative mind of yours works! I know you say you are not a genius but we think differently.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Hi Robin. Love this card and the new feature! It was a pleasure stamping with you at Jan's on Tuesday.


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