On the CASE: Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Ready to move on from holiday projects?

I will have a few more to share this week, but for today’s On the CASE, I’m sharing a project from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog that is fun all by itself, or could be used as an element in a larger design. That’s the fun thing about the 3x3 format. You can leave the design as a small “love note” for hidden messages left in pockets and lunches, or as a small greeting to accompany a gift. Or, you can add additional background elements and add it to a larger card size. This design comes together in no time, and mixes a great birthday set with the fun Pick A Pattern Washi tape.

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (December 2018 - Happy Birthday Gorgeous - 2018-19 Annual Catalog). Featuring, Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #celebrate  #handstamped

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Paper: Crushed Curry (6″ x 3″), Shimmery White Cardstock (2″ x 4″)
Inks: Crushed Curry, Lovely Lipstick, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, Faceted Dots, Glitter Enamel Dots
Other: Paper Snips, sewing machine (optional)

On the CASE Notes

  1. Score your card base at 3″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. Stamp the flower pieces, and sentiment border in Tuxedo Black. Stamp extras if you’re not sure about your fussy-cutting skills.
  3. Stamp the large flower and sentiment in Lovely Lipstick.
  4. Use an Aqua Painter to color in the large flower. It will activate the ink from the stamped image and leave a lighter hue.
  5. Fussy cut the images.
  1. Trim the wide washi in half. Adhere it and the arrow pattern to the card base, towards the center line.
  2. Stamp the flowers and sentiment on the card base in Crushed Curry for a tone-on-tone look.
  1. Adhere watercolored flower and two leaves to card base.
  2. Pop up small flower image and sentiment using mini dimensionals.
  3. Adhere two small black faceted gems on the card base and a small pink glitter dot in the center of the flower.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 – This was a fun little love note card. It would also be a great element for a larger card. Just use this creation and add a fun pattern to a full sized card base and pop it on top – voila! Using the Shimmery White Cardstock, it’s easy to add watercoloring. This paper doesn’t pill up easily, so you can add water without worry! Today’s technique reminds us that you don’t have to be a whiz with a brush – just stamp an image and use your aqua painter to swish the ink around. Easy peasy! I did skip out on the sewing machine stitching. It’s a lovely little element, but it can be skipped without anyone noticing.

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing a project too. We’ll be On the CASE again in 2 weeks!

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On the CASE: A Big Thank You

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On the CASE: Country Home

Do you have the #1 on-trend stamp set from the Holiday Catalog? If you have the Country Home photopolymer set, you sure do! I’m really excited to share the coloring technique for today’s On the CASE.

On the CASE: Playful Backgrounds

Are you ready to look like a papercrafting genius?!

I am so excited to share today’s CASE file with you. I’ve been eyeing this project since the catalog came out, but thought that it might just take too much time. Well, wasn’t I surprised when I had it put together in about 10 minutes (with the help of a heat tool). This particular design showcases one of our background-ish stamp sets – Playful Backgrounds. It’s great “utility” stamp set because it can add all sorts of great texture to any design as it’s just a bunch of fun, random patterns. In today’s project, we’ll make a stunning multi-technique panel that really helps the sentiment to pop.

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (November 2018 - Playful Patterns - 2018-19 Annual Catalog). Featuring, Playful Patterns stamp set. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #celebrate #emboss #gold #handstamped

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On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. Adhere the Mint Macaron piece to the card base. Set aside.
  3. Watercolor a big splotch in Mint Macaron on the Shimmery White Cardstock piece. Dry (use heat tool to speed drying).
  4. Stamp spots from Playful Patterns using Staz-on Black.
  5. Stamp the circle outlines using VersaMark and heat emboss in Gold.
  6. Adhere finished panel to card base, offset about 1/2″ from the left.
  1. Stamp the sentiment in Versamark on a scrap of Shimmery White. Heat emboss in Gold. Punch out with the Pretty Label Punch.
  2. Add Gold Metallic Thread to the back of the sentiment with mini glue dots.
  3. Diecut the largest circle from vellum. Adhere the sentiment to the vellum.
  4. Attach completed sentiment to card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 3 out of 5 – I popped this up to a three because there’s some intermediate techniques like the watercolor wash and the embossing. Be sure to get the watercolor completely dry before stamping. AND, be sure to use an Embossing Buddy before the embossing steps, as I noticed that the embossing powder likes to stick to even the Staz-on ink a bit after it’s dry. This design would be fun to do in a myriad of colors, perhaps one from each color in a color family. Don’t let the huge supply list scare you, the execution is quite straightforward!

#SUontheCASE

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing the catalog too! We’re “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest) and if we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

We’ll be On the CASE again in 2 weeks!

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Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

On the CASE: A Big Thank You

This is seriously the perfect thank you for anyone! For today’s CASE, I dove back into the Annual Catalog to find the perfect all-purpose thank you design. And I found it…

On the CASE: Country Home

Do you have the #1 on-trend stamp set from the Holiday Catalog? If you have the Country Home photopolymer set, you sure do! I’m really excited to share the coloring technique for today’s On the CASE.

Festive Friday: This Little Piggy at the Fair

All I need is a good time and some fried butter stamps, paper & ink!

Can you believe that it’s already State Fair season? We’re ready to rock some carnival rides over at Festive Friday where we’re celebrating State Fairs and the color Turquoise. Take the challenge literally, or bring in some more subtle aspects – either way your entry could win a Blue Ribbon as one of our Festive Faves and some Fest Points to go shopping in the store!

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge - Earn Fest Points for free stuff! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Focus on fair fare – like ice cream, candy, bbq, fried anything…
  • Focus on fair fun – can you say yippee to stomach turning carnival rides?
  • Focus on fair festivities – like parades and judged events – go for the blue ribbon!
  • Forget the fair and fall in love with shades of turquoise – from bright and lively combos to soft and tranquil – turquoise has a place either way!

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The timing for this challenge couldn’t have been any better! My 5YO nephew just won his first fair blue ribbon! Check out this adorable dinosaur diorama. He’s an artist in the making for sure! (get that boy some stamps, paper & ink! LOL!)

So, of course I had to put together a totally adorable design to send him so he can know how proud Brian and I are of his accomplishment! Stampin’ Up!’s This Little Piggy stamp set was the perfect choice to create this blue-ribbon-inspired project. A little bit of masking on the kisses stamp and I was able to add in that single, perfectly placed smooch!

For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0013). Featuring: This Little Piggy stamp set and Stampin' Blends. #nicolewatt #pmretreat #stampinup #puns #pigs #statefair #blueribbon #handstamped

Today’s project can be completed in just a few short steps. Earn the PDF tutorial by playing at Festive Friday and earning Fest Points that you can redeem for tutorials and other great prizes! We can’t wait to see what you create, so link up today!

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Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

Festive Friday: Snowflake Sentiments

Are your holiday cards done yet?
We’re here to help over at Festive Friday where we’re celebrating Christmas (if you don’t know, it’s on December 25th).

Get everything you need to make this design!

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On the CASE: Floral Phrases

July is here and we’re deep into wedding season!

I thought that I’d put together a CASE file that would help you create a stunning wedding card. It’s a “congratulations” card, so you could use it for any other celebration you might have this summer.

Are you enjoying our CASE files? Don’t forget to leave a comment here and with Ann to let us know! We are definitely having a fun time working on these projects and bringing you all the nitty-gritty details!

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (July 2018 -Floral Phrases - 2018-19 Annual Catalog). Featuring, Floral Phrases stamp set, Detailed Floral thinlits. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #congratulations #handstamped #embosingpaste

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Floral Phrases
Paper: Thick Whisper White ( 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″), Petal Pink (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″), Grapefruit Grove (2 – 2″x2″), Pear Pizzazz (5/8″ x 5 1/2″), Mossy Meadow scraps, Whisper White (3/4″ x 4″), Window Sheets (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″)
Ink: Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Shimmery White Embossing Paste, Silver & Petal Pink Baker’s Twine
Tools: Detailed Floral Thinlits, Big Shot, Stamparatus
Adhesives: Multipurpose Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. Create a mask by using a Window Sheet, or a piece of Thick cardstock. I found that after using the window sheet, I did not save the mask, so perhaps it’s more economical (and easier) to use cardstock, preferably thick cardstock.
  3. Use the mask to apply Shimmery White Embossing Paste to the Petal Pink cardstock panel. Set aside to dry. Discard or clean the mask right away if you plan on using it again.
  1. Diecut two pieces of Grapefruit Grove using the smaller Detailed Floral thinlit. Snip out the large flower from each.
  2. Add small scraps of Mossy Meadow to the areas indicated on the dies in the picture to diecut the needed leaves.
  3. Stamp the border image using Pear Pizzazz ink on Pear Pizzazz cardstock.
  1. Stamp the sentiment using the Stamparatus for precision placement. Flag both ends of the sentiment.
  2. Adhere the border strip. Trim the edges.
  3. Adhere flower and leaf diecuts.
  4. Adhere sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  5. Adhere Baker’s Twine bow using a Glue Dot.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 4 out of 5 – This one was tougher than I thought! I figured there’d just be some diecutting and embossing, but no. Creating the embossing mask was a bit of a pain. I thought that using window sheets, I would save the mask. But, it was so hard to cut that it didn’t really turn out so great. I would recommend using just thick cardstock and making a one-time-use mask. Then, the flowers and leaves were not simple diecuts. They came from the huge floral cutouts. I had to figure out which ones they were! Once that was all figured out, the design came together pretty quickly. But, man, was that a ton to sleuth! I guess I did all the hard work for you! LOL!

#SUontheCASE

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing the catalog too! We’re “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest) and if we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

We’ll be On the CASE again in 2 weeks!

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Get everything you need to make this design!

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Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

On the CASE: A Big Thank You

This is seriously the perfect thank you for anyone! For today’s CASE, I dove back into the Annual Catalog to find the perfect all-purpose thank you design. And I found it…

On the CASE: Country Home

Do you have the #1 on-trend stamp set from the Holiday Catalog? If you have the Country Home photopolymer set, you sure do! I’m really excited to share the coloring technique for today’s On the CASE.

Festive Friday: Picture Perfect Cafe Mashup

Put an X through it, June is D-O-N-E! Hello HOT!!

We’re all ready for those hot Summer nights over at Festive Friday where we’re celebrating Ice Cream Day (it’s on July 15th). That means we’re looking for ice cream inspired projects OR you can use the element which is SPRINKLES.

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge - Earn Fest Points for free stuff! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Pick your favorite ice cream flavor and use the colors in your design – like Neapolitan would be pink, chocolate and white
  • Go literal and use paper or a stamp image that has ice cream on it
  • Sprinkles could be any kind of fun sprinkle-like embellishment like sequins, pearls, rhinestones, etc…
  • Create a shaker card full of “sprinkles”

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0011). Featuring: Coffee Cafe and Picture Perfect Birthday stamp sets, Coffee Cups Framelits. #nicolewatt #pmretreat #stampinup #celebrate #icecream #summer #handstamped

As I’m sure you can see, I went for the literal route, creating a cup of strawberry ice cream with sprinkles to go along with this fantastic celebrate sentiment. I love that this card can be used for all sorts of celebrations, not just birthdays!

Today’s project can be completed in just a few short steps. Earn the PDF tutorial by playing at Festive Friday and earning Fest Points that you can redeem for tutorials and other great prizes!

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Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don't forget to leave a COMMENT on today's post to enter!

If you loved today's project, I'd love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don't lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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  • FREEBIES!!! There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

Festive Friday: Snowflake Sentiments

Are your holiday cards done yet?
We’re here to help over at Festive Friday where we’re celebrating Christmas (if you don’t know, it’s on December 25th).

Get everything you need to make this design!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you. This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!