Thursday, August 4, 2011

Simply Stampin Up! - Edition 8

Hi Stampers!

Yes, you're in the right place - it's Thursday here on the ol' blog and I've got a lovely project for you for my weekly Simply Stampin' Up! feature.
BUT first, I just had to share a picture with you that had Mark and I chuckling last night:

It's a dog's life isn't it?
And a kid's life too, cell phone in hand - texting away. They both seem pretty comfortable, don't they? Oblivious to the camera, that's for sure!

Well, here's a card you can get comfortable with:

I took my inspiration from a page in a magazine that was highlighting a competitor's product - they obviously don't realize that you don't need anything besides Stampin' Up!
(I was having trouble photographing my card with the magazine page last night, the original card says Congratulations in silver, has a large rhinestone on the bow and uses textured gray cardstock with a pink vintage paper layer.)

So here's my card all up close and personal:

I used a mix of Stampin' Up! old, new and preview!
Let's get started shall we?

Layer 1 - I cut Basic Gray Textured cardstock in a 4 3/4" square and ran it through my Big Shot - textured side down - with the Scallop Square Die. That created the full front panel.

The folded card behind this layer is made with a piece of Blushing Bride Cardstock cut at 4 1/4" x 8 1/2". I folded it in half to make a 4 1/4' square. Laying the folded cardstock on the Scalloped Square Die, I ran it too through the Big Shot. The trick to getting a folded card is the positioning on the die. I simply laid the folded edge one scallop in from the edge, preserving the fold as the rest of the card was cut.
The sample card had a pink inside that I could see from the photo, so this was the easiest way to replicate it.
Using my Tombow Multi-Adhesive, I glued the top layer to the folded card base, setting them aside.

Layer 2 - I cut a piece of the NEW and AWESOME Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper at 3 3/4" square.

**TD Tip #1 - Did you know that you can get 9 squares of Designer Paper from one sheet by cutting at that measurement? Since each pack of Stampin' Up! Designer Paper has two sheets of each design, you can get 18 pieces of the same design allowing you to make 18 cards just alike. If you did that with all 12 sheets of Designer Paper in the package, you could make 108 cards from one package! I love making the most of my supplies! (Right now, SU! has a Designer Paper Sale going on too - Buy 3, Get one FREE of all $10.95 Designer Paper! Click this link HERE to learn more!)

My next step was to add the greeting to the Beau Chateau Paper.
I took out one of my NEW, Pre-Order stamp sets from the upcoming Holiday Mini - Hand Penned Holidays - you're gonna want to add that one to your wish list right now! Go on, write it down, you'll be glad you ordered it I promise! September 1st friends - hold on, it's coming!
I inked up the With Love greeting with my Versamark Ink Pad and stamped it directly onto the Beau Chateau Paper.
Then, I reached once again into my box o' Holiday Goodness that Mr. Brown was so kind to deliver yesterday and pulled out my NEW Pewter Embossing Powder!
Stampers, here's one more to add to your list! It's a gorgeous warm silver color, just beautiful for achieving a soft, elegant look in your embossing! Fabulous!

So, I added some of this inviting new embossing powder to my stamped image and heat embossed it with my Heat Tool. I LOVE how it turned out!

The ribbon embellishment was next. I cut a length of Pink Pirouette Taffeta Ribbon and simply wrapped it around the Designer Paper layer.

**TD Tip - I cut a 3 3/4" square of Whisper White cardstock and glued it to the back of the Beau Chateau Paper to give it a bit more 'body' that would hold up to the ribbon and brad embellishment a little better - especially here, where the top layer is popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals.

I took another length of ribbon and tied my bow around the wrapped piece of ribbon, then I added the Antique Brad by opening the prongs and wrapping them around the knot of the bow. A Mini Glue Dot was used to adhere the back of the brad to the paper.
Here's a close up of the greeting and embellishment:

Lastly, I simply added Stampin' Dimensionals to the four corners of the Designer Paper layer and adhered it to the card front.

So there you have it - another project remade Stampin' Up! Style! How do you like it? I was pretty happy if I do say so myself!

Here's a few of the products I used on this project:
122357 - Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper
122981 - Pink Pirouette 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon
115950 - Bigz Clear Scallop Square Die for the Big Shot

All of these items plus everything else I used for today's project can be found in my one stop Stampin' Up! shop - my Online Store!

Thanks so much for stopping by today - I'll be back tomorrow with a fun, clean and simple project. Something sweet from the Summer Mini!
AND, if you live in the State of Virginia - I have a great weekend special for you! It's Tax Free weekend in Virginia - August 5 - 7 - for back to school shopping. There are many Stampin' Up! items that qualify for the Tax Free savings and I'll have a little special of my own for you too! Be sure to check back!

Stamped blessings,

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  1. What a beautiful, elegant card! I love it, Robin! You did an amazing job making it simply SU yet again.

  2. This card is just beautiful!! You do such an awesome job each week converting these cards to all SU!! Keep it up, I look forward to this post each week!!

    Miss ya!! You never replied to my email from yesterday!!:(

  3. Robin this card is stunning. I really love how you do this on your blog every week, and I am now kicking myself for not pre ordering this set and embossing powder:)


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