On the CASE: Vintage Leaves

I am so excited to share today’s On the CASE file with you! Vintage Leaves is one of my favorite sets, and the sample in this year’s catalog is just a stunner – and easier than you might think!

Ann is CASE-ing out another carry-over set – Sheltering Tree (page 150 of the Annual Catalog), and this time, I’ve picked out another botanical – Vintage Leaves. I love that this set has a nice variety of realistic leaf images. They look amazing stamped, or embossed. And, of course, with the coordinating framelits (Leaflets Framelits), there’s no excuse to skip this set. Though, the shapes are easy enough for fussy cutting if you prefer.

Since Vintage Leaves doesn’t have a sentiment set, it’s likely that you’ll combine it with a sentiment from another set, or from a die. The catalog sample uses a diecut from the Lovely Words Thinlits, and a stamped sentiment from Lovely Inside & Out. I don’t have that stamp set, so I opted for Sunshine Sayings. That’s the beauty of this design – you can pair up any sentiment for any occasion. It would work as a sympathy card equally as well as a birthday card!

The last element I’m really diggin’ in this CASE is the embossing paste – white on white – and the white diecut leaves. So elegant!!!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Vintage Leaves, Sunshine Sayings
Paper: Thick Whisper White Cardstock (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″), Whisper White Cardstock (4″ x 5″), 2″ strips of Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron & Emerald Envy, Silver Foil Paper (2″ x 3″)
Inks: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Emerald Envy
Accessories: Metallics Sequin Assortment, Silver Metallic Thread
Other: Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Palette Knives, Big Shot, Leaflets Framelits, Lovely Words Thinlits

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

It’s easiest to break this into three distinct sections, then assemble at the end!


  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. Put the diamond mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks on top of the folded card base and use the angled knife from the Palette Knives set to smear paste across the mask. Set the card base aside to dry.

***Nit-picky details: Note in step three that you see some of the paste on the mask. You really want to scrape the knife across the mask so there’s no paste on the mask. That’s how you’ll get a nice, thin layer on the cardstock underneath. Too thick and it will take forever to dry!


Move on to the leaves. You only need scraps of the colored cardstock as you’ll be cutting out strips and re-assembling.

  1. Stamp the corresponding ink color onto each piece of cardstock. Note where you will cut out the shape eventually. You don’t need whole leaves, so this is a great opportunity to use up scraps!
  2. Once the strips are stamped, cut them out with the Leaflet Framelit and trim down to smaller strips.
  3. Use a stamped image (I did mine on some grid paper) as a guide to glue the strips together into the full leaf image.
  4. The last leaf step is to cut out a maple and an oak leaf in Whisper White using the Leaflets Framelits.


Remember that you can totally customize this part, so, this is only a guide for the actual CASE.

  1. Cut the “friends” image from the Silver Foil using the Lovely Words Thinlits. You’ll snip the word from the circle.
  2. Stamp the rest of the sentiment on a scrap of whisper white and snip out with Paper Snips. I used a sentiment from Sunshine Sayings – it was “so happy for you” and I cut it down to “for you” and added the comma with a Cajun Craze marker.
  3. Affix the white leaves to the card base. I opted to glue them down directly, though they may have been popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals
  4. Add circles of Silver Metallic Thread to the back of the colored leaf. Affix to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  5. Adhere the “friend” diecut and the stamped sentiment (as shown)
  6. Add three silver sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment (as shown)


How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 – There’s lots of steps, but breaking it out like I did makes this card totally manageable! You could even do this one in multiples with an assembly-line approach. If you want to make more than one, I would recommend changing the center leaf to a single color vs. taking the time to put all the layers together. That’s the most time consuming part!


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!

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Creating Love That Fits In A Pocket

Hey everyone! Thanks for hanging in there, and welcome back for another Pals Paper Arts challenge. As you know, life ebbs and flows, and right now we seem to be in a major swell with our business, so, I’m juggling the best I can. I know you all understand, but it feels good to get out here and share some with you!

This week’s sketch challenge is brought to you by the talented Amy Lazzell. Isn’t it fun? This is our first official square design for the year.

Pals Paper Arts 288 - play with us today! (www.palspaperarts.com)

Whenever I see square designs, I instantly think of the lovely 3x3 “love note” form factor. They can be just as difficult as larger cards, and can contain just as much detail and extra stuff. For this week, I decided to keep it pretty simple, but it’s stunning none the less! I’m pretty sure this will end up in someone’s pocket sometime soon! What a fun way to surprise someone you love!


By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA288): Going Places Product Suite, coaster board, metal rimmed pearls; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #3x3 #lovenote

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USE your DSP!

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again! Cut into that gorgeous stuff! I promise, it won’t scream when you do. DSP was made to be cut, used and admired by its recipient. So do it! Today’s design features not one, but TWO layers of the Going Places DSP.

Flip It, Flip it Good!

Did you notice? I flipped today’s sketch! I knew when I decided that I was going to use the Going Places product suite that I would use one of the sentiments across the top, and the compass rose. Worked out pretty good, huh?! Remember, sketches are for inspiration, so flip it, turn it upside down – do whatever works for you!

Time to Coast...

With our coasterboard! I love this stuff. It’s nice and thick, but still cuts out great with punches and dies. The Compass Rose is stamped in Archival Black right onto the coasterboard, and then cut with the 2″ Circle Punch. Of course, since a 3×3 note can’t be mailed, I decided to add one of our metal rimmed pearls. It’s a little bulky for regular mailing, but for this, it’s perfect!



Calling All Creatives!

It’s your turn to play along with the Pals! What will you design using this week’s sketch? Remember, it doesn’t have to be exact – just use the sketch as a guideline and see where it takes you! You can post to a blog, sites like SplitCoast Stampers, or even Pinterest, then link back to the challenge!

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Gorgeous Grunge to the Rescue

Do you need a quick card this week? Well, if not, keep this one in your arsenal ’cause it doesn’t get much easier than this!

By Nicole Watt a Quick and Easy card that will still impress...; Gorgeous Grunge, Six Sided Sampler, Blackberry Bliss Stitched Satin Ribbon @PMRetreat #stampinup

Let some layers of white allow the faux ombre technique shine through!

Maven’s Mastery Tips

– Stamping Off = Ombre: All I did to achieve the progressively lighter look (or Ombre) to the Gorgeous Grunge stamp was to ink up in Melon Mambo, then just keep stamping without re-inking. Melon Mambo is one of those really saturated colors that let’s you re-stamp a few times before the color left on the rubber is too light.

– Punch up with Punches and Pop-ups: I broke up the otherwise monochrome design with some deliberate pops of contrasting color in two of the three hexagons. Sticking with the same flower stamp on the back two helps pull the design through. Then, pop up the sentiment on some “pop-ups” otherwise known as Stampin’ Dimensionals.

– Anchor the design with another line: This just wouldn’t look complete if the Blackberry Bliss ribbon wasn’t there. In a way, it helps support the hexagons, otherwise they’d just be floating. (And we all know hexagons can’t float!)

How did I pick the colors for today’s design? Well, it’s no secret that any colors in the same color family (Brights, Regals, Neutrals, Subtles and In Colors) look good together, and these are mostly Brights. But, if you really want to get creative – download my Color Combinations Chart and pick some adjacent colors for something new!

Last of the Petite Petals Trilogy

Drumroll please!!!!! Annndddd, here’s the third card in this week’s Petite Petals trilogy!

By Nicole Watt; Petite Petals, Petite Petals Punch, Watercolor Wonder DSP, Yippee-Skippee, Square Collection Framelits @NMWatt #stampinup #pixelmavenSince I didn’t get this posted when I’d planned, some of you may not see this gorgeous card until Saturday – but, there’s only so many hours in the day, and burning all this midnight oil is starting to catch up with me! Tonight I’m working on a whole bunch of stuff for a local home-based business show where I’m hoping to find some new local customers to attend my classes!

Today’s design is the culmination of this week’s Petite Petals trilogy. And, as you can see we’ve got some different patterns, yet again! Have you noticed that the other feature stamp set in this series is Yippee Skipee? Those are some GREAT sentiments. They seem to be the perfect match for Petite Petals!

Maven’s Mastery Tips

– Don’t have the On Film Framelits Dies but love the Polaroid look? Or, maybe you need something a little smaller or bigger? That’s where the Squares Collection Framelits come in. Cut a rectangular piece of cardstock, and select a square framelit that will fit inside the short ends. Offset the square framelit to make the signature fat bottom of the Polaroid. Cut, and go!


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Blog Hop for One (whoops!)

2013julhop_badgeBoo!!! I can’t believe that I forgot to sign up for this month’s Pals Blog Hop! I even made sure to have a super cute project ready to go! Well, I’m just gonna pretend to be on the hop so you can enjoy what I made anyway….

Thank you for joining me for my July Pals Blog Hop (for One), celebrating the 2013-15 In Colors! Are you ready to see a wonderful creation made with Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana? I loved making this project, and hope you enjoy viewing it.

So, you haven’t hopped in and out of anywhere, but I’ve posted the Hop lineup below so you can join in and hop from blog to blog to see all of the amazing creations.

I’ve been dreaming up an element in this design for a while now. Ever since I got the Dress Up Framelits, I knew I wanted to turn one of them into a bathing suit! I finally got the occasion to, and this card will be going to someone who recently decided to do something very special for herself – and I couldn’t be happier for her!


So, I know you have two questions (ok, maybe more….). First – where did I get that great punch from? And second, where did that paper design come from on the bathing suit? (And, how did you make the bathing suit?)

Ok, so, first – the punch. It’s actually the Mosaic Punch punched twice – the second time I punched, the punch is turned 90-degrees – makes a pretty cool decorative square, huh? Gotta love those strips of washi tape lined up in the hole, huh?

Speaking of washi – that’s exactly what I used on the bathing suit. This particular tape design from the Gingham Garden Designer Washi matches up from piece to piece, so I could make a seamless looking design. I lined up a whole bunch of tape on a piece of Strawberry Slush CS then ran it through the Big Shot with my new Magnetic Platform and Dress Up Framelit.

To answer the last question, I used the 1 1/4″ Circle punch to cut off the skirt and make leg holes. The Corner Rounder punch helped round off the edges. There was nothing scientific about the approach – just a bit of trial and error!

Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month! (And, hopefully I’ll remember to sign up for the actual Hop!)

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  2. Lynn Hoyt at cattaildesigns
  3. Amy Lazzell at Just a Thought…Cards by Amy
  4. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  5. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  6. Laurie Chilton at Stampin Ink
  7. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  8. Linda Callahan at Stampin’ Seasons
  9. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  10. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  11. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards.com
  12. Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness
  13. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  14. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  15. Debbie Mageed at Scrappin’ and Stampin’
  16. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  17. Mikki Sarkisyan at Mikki’s Creative Corner
  18. Kari Linder at Stampin’ Essentials
  19. Angie Blake at Angie’s Musings
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  21. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  22. Shirley Sumption at Look At My Cute Stuff
  23. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
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