On the CASE: Freshly Squeezed Hugs

Winter doesn’t have to be all cold and snowy…

The weather outside may be seriously brrrr, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wish for warm Summer days! In my exploration of new (to me) craft products I ran across this great stamp and die set from Concord & 9th that was just too cute to pass up! I decided that I would send more “just because” cards to friends this year, and this one really fits the bill for a lot of different people and occasions. Of course, I always look at the samples on the product page to get good ideas and today’s CASE was one of my favorites. 

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For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (January 2019). Featuring, Hugs stamp set and die(Concord & 9th), and no-line watercoloring with Pima Classics watercolors. For more details including step-by-step instructions for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #concordand9th #hugs #citrus #pimacraft #handstamped

So cute, right?! You definitely need to check out the stamp set because it has the cutest bear (bear hugs, lol!) and the sentiments are fabulous. Here’s the inside of the card:

So punny! And, such a heartfelt sentiment 😀

So, enough talk, let’s get down to the details! (Because I know you want to know all about the watercoloring and making this card!)

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Hugs (Concord & 9th)
Paper: 12″ x 5 1/2″ Watercolor Paper (Strathmore)
Inks: Fog Hybrid Ink (Scrapbook.com), Black Hybrid Ink (Scrapbook.com), Classics Watercolor Pans (Prima)
Accessories: None
Other: Stamp Positioning Tool (Tonic), Acrylic Block, Aquapainter brushes, Big Shot (Sizzix), Hugs dies (Concord & 9th)

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. The dies will cut off either end of the card base, and then hook together to close the gatefold card. So, you need a piece of cardstock that measures 12″ x 5 1/2″ to make a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ finished card.
  2. Make 4 score lines. The outside two will be to align the dies, the inside two will make the gatefold for the card base. The score lines should be at: 1 3/4″, 3 7/8″, 8 1/8″, 10 1/4″
  3. To set up the dies, use the outside score lines to anchor the bar on the die. This will actually cut off the edge of the cardstock, and leave the letters behind. I used a Post-it to keep the die in place.
  4. Once the dies are secure, cut them out! You should end up with a card base with an HU and GS hanging off either side. At this point, you can fold the card and test out the letters to make sure they hook together ok.
  1. Once you’ve tested the card closure, fold the card so that the HU or the GS is folded inside. This will allow you to stamp the fruit images on the card front without inking on the letters. I used Scrapbook.com FOG Hybrid ink so I could have a light outline to do no-line watercoloring like the CASE sample.
  2. I started by making little triangles in each fruit – the watercolor was fairly watered down to achieve a lighter wash. Then I came back and made a darker circle or semi-circle for the rind. I worked from Orange to Yellow to Green, just like the CASE sample. Using the Fog colored ink worked perfect. Once complete, I could not see any lines from the stamps!
    **NOTE: for this watercoloring, you do not want to put water on the paper first, just work with well-watered inks. This way, the triangles and the rinds won’t bleed into each other.
  1. Add three fruits along with the juice drops to the inside of the card. Use the Fog ink again. Watercolor as you did on the front of the card.
  2. Use a stamp positioner to stamp the sentiment with Black ink. Because the watercolor paper has a lot of texture, you will probably have to stamp the image a few times to get good coverage. That’s why the stamp positioner is a must!

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 3 out of 5 – The most difficult part of this CASE was figuring out the best technique for setting up the card base. Concord & 9th suggested using a 8 1/2″ card base spacer to set up the dies, but I found the scoring technique to be a little less fiddly. I did go through 3 card bases before I got it right, so don’t despair if you have problems at first. It’s worth it for such a cute card! Then, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the watercoloring process. Don’t rush those little triangles – it can be easy to get them too close together. AND, don’t be worried about perfection – the beauty is in the hand-painted imperfection.

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing our projects, or another project you’ve been eyeing!  We hope to see you again in 2 weeks when we’ll be On the CASE again!

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On the CASE: Oh, Hello!

It’s a new year, with new adventures!
Happy 2019! Ann and I are back with another On the CASE.  Last year,  Ann and I worked our way through Stampin’ Up!® catalogs, breaking down samples step-by-step, providing you with free tutorials so you could CASE your own. This year, Ann is still working on unsolved Stampin’ Up! CASEs, but I’ve been “reassigned” to a new unit!

On the CASE: Detailed With Love

It’s time to celebrate!
This is the last CASE file for Ann and I this year! Wow! How time flies 😀 I thought I’d revisit a past suite and share another quick and simple design.

On the CASE: Oh, Hello!

It’s a new year, with new adventures!

Happy 2019! Ann and I are back with another On the CASE.  Last year,  Ann and I worked our way through Stampin’ Up!® catalogs, breaking down samples step-by-step, providing you with free tutorials so you could CASE your own. This year, Ann is still working on unsolved Stampin’ Up! CASEs, but I’ve been “reassigned” to a new unit! Since I am no longer a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, but an Affiliate Crafter, I’m using my investigative skills to solve CASEs throughout the crafting universe as I explore and learn about all the other great crafty stuff out there.  So, let’s get started!

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Today, I’m exploring Concord & 9th’s Oh, Hello Turnabout stamp set. Turnabout stamps are unique in that cardstock can be rotated around so that each time the image is stamped, it appears on a different part of the cardstock to create a full pattern. The Oh, Hello stamp set was one of the first Turnabouts from C&9th. The key is to create a 6″ x 6″ template to rotate around in a stamp positioning tool (like my Tonic Stamp Platform).

I recommend watching these two videos to learn more about Turnabouts. If you’d like me to make a video to answer any other questions you have, be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you’d like to see!

Turnabout Stamp Tips – This video shows how to set up the stamp and a template. That’s when I had my “a-ha” moment.

Flower Turnabout Thank You – This video is for a different Turnabout, but it shows you how the actual stamping process works. 

Please note that going forward, for my CASE projects, I will be guessing a lot on the ink and paper colors. So, in most cases, I will get close, but won’t be as exact like Ann can be with the Stampin’ Up! CASEs. For instance, today, I didn’t know what kind and color cardstock to use from the sample, so I just picked two colors I have that were close in color. But, that’s the beauty of CASEing. You can be inspired by a design and follow it as closely or loosely as you want!

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (January 2019). Featuring, Oh, Hello turnabout (Concord & 9th), and Heat Embossing. For more details including step-by-step instructions for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #concordand9th #hello #handstamped

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Oh, Hello (Concord & 9th)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Solar White 110lb CS (Neenah), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Poppy Parade CS (Stampin’ Up!), 4″ x 5 1/4″ Calypso Coral CS (Stampin’ Up!), 1 3/4″ x 3″ Solar White 80lb CS (Neenah), 1/2″ x 3″ Poppy Parade CS (Stampin’ Up!)
Inks: Abandoned Coral Distress Ink (Ranger), Candied Apple Distress Ink (Ranger), Versamark (Tsusinkeo)
Accessories: Gold metallic thread (Stampin’ Up!)
Other: White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger), Anti-static bag, Heat Tool, Stamp Positioning Tool, 6″ x 6″ Turnabout template, pop-up dots.

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score the card base at 4 1/4″. Adhere the Poppy Parade CS and set aside.
  2. Set up the Turnabout template and stamp in a stamp positioner. Set up the cardstock on the template using temporary adhesive.
  3. Stamp the first image in Abandoned Coral. You can use Distress Inks or Distress Oxides. If you use Oxides, be sure to heat set before the embossing steps.
  4. Turn the whole template 90-degrees clockwise. Stamp in the Candied Apple.
  1. Turn the whole template 90-degrees clockwise. Use an anti-static bag, then stamp in Versamark. Heat emboss in White.
  2. Turn the whole template 90-degrees clockwise (this is the last turn). Use an anti-static bag, then stamp in Versamark. Heat emboss in Gold.
  3. Adhere to the card base.
  4. Stamp the “hi there” portion of the sentiment on the 1 3/4″ strip of lightweight Solar White CS.
  1. Stamp the “friend” part of the sentiment in Versamark and heat emboss in gold.
  2. Mark the center of the strip (7/8″). Freehand snip from the corners to the center mark to make a flagged end.
  3. Snip the 1/2″ Poppy Parade strip at an angle.
  1. Attach the Poppy Parade flags to the back of the sentiment, allowing them to peek out from the bottom.
  2. Use a gray marker and ruler to make faux stitching (C&9th used a die, but I don’t have one that shape. I’m guessing it was a hexagon).
  3. Add pop-up dots to the back of the sentiment.
  4. Add rings of metallic thread to the back of the sentiment.
  5. Adhere the sentiment to the card and admire your work!

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 3 out of 5 – I’m calling this a “3” because of the learning curve to do the Turnabout. Now that I know what to do, it wasn’t that hard, so the technique gives you a really great bang for your buck. It’s also a 3 because of the embossing in some of the steps. Want to take it down a notch? Avoid the heat embossing and just use 4 different ink colors to create a beautiful multi-colored background pattern. 

I love that this particular design can be done up in any color combination! So, pull out your Color Coordinator and mix up some fun combos. If you don’t do Stampin’ Up! colors, would you like to see me do something similar with another brand? Let me know in a comment and I’ll see what I can work up for you!

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing our projects, or another project you’ve been eyeing!  We hope to see you again in 2 weeks when we’ll be On the CASE again!

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On the CASE: Oh, Hello!

It’s a new year, with new adventures!
Happy 2019! Ann and I are back with another On the CASE.  Last year,  Ann and I worked our way through Stampin’ Up!® catalogs, breaking down samples step-by-step, providing you with free tutorials so you could CASE your own. This year, Ann is still working on unsolved Stampin’ Up! CASEs, but I’ve been “reassigned” to a new unit!

On the CASE: Detailed With Love

It’s time to celebrate!
This is the last CASE file for Ann and I this year! Wow! How time flies 😀 I thought I’d revisit a past suite and share another quick and simple design.

On the CASE: Detailed With Love

It’s time to celebrate!

This is the last CASE file for Ann and I this year! Wow! How time flies 😀 I thought I’d revisit a past suite and share another quick and simple design. With the holiday hustle and bustle, it can be good to have a few quick cards ready to go. 

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (December 2018 - Detailed With Love - 2018-19 Annual Catalog). Featuring,Delightfully Detailed product suite. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #celebrate  #handstamped

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

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Detailed with Love
Paper: Delightfully Detailed Notecards & Envelopes, Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper, Vellum (3″ x 3″), Mint Macaron CS (1″ x 5″)
Inks: Grapefruit Grove, Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: Faceted Dots
Other: 2 1/4″ Circle Punch, Sponge Daubers, Stamparatus

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Grab one of the Blackberry Bliss watercolor wash notecards from the Delightfully Detailed Notecards & Envelopes pack.
  2. Trim out the spiral floral pattern and a bit of the dotted scallop trim from the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper.
  3. Sponge some Grapefruit Grove ink on the white side of the scallop trim using a sponge dauber.
  4. Stamp the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss. Trim the dots off the bottom of the sentiment.
  1. Adhere the scallop element to the bottom of the sentiment.
  2. Thread the sentiment through the laser cut piece.
  3. Add a 2 1/4″ vellum circle behind the sentiment.
  1. Adhere the finished sentiment panel to the card base. The laser cut piece should fit exactly. If not, trim the card base or the laser cut to fit.
  2. Add some Faceted Dots for some extra bling!

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 – Once I realized that there was no way this card was actually white, but vanilla, the project came together quickly. Sometimes SU has their product samples put together and photographed before they finalize designs and colors. Seems like they originally thought to use Whisper White as the primary neutral for the Delightfully Detailed suite, not Very Vanilla – hence the white looking sample images in the catalog! I really love the detail of weaving the sentiment through the laser cut image. It really makes the whole thing look pretty complex, but really, it’s just about having the patience to weave through and adhere. Give this project a try this weekend and you’ll have lots of nice notecards to use in the coming weeks!

We’ll be back!

We’ll be On the CASE again in 2 weeks – in 2019!! Be on the lookout for fresh, new projects, and a NEW assignment for ME! But, until then…

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On the CASE: Oh, Hello!

It’s a new year, with new adventures!
Happy 2019! Ann and I are back with another On the CASE.  Last year,  Ann and I worked our way through Stampin’ Up!® catalogs, breaking down samples step-by-step, providing you with free tutorials so you could CASE your own. This year, Ann is still working on unsolved Stampin’ Up! CASEs, but I’ve been “reassigned” to a new unit!

On the CASE: Detailed With Love

It’s time to celebrate!
This is the last CASE file for Ann and I this year! Wow! How time flies 😀 I thought I’d revisit a past suite and share another quick and simple design.

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

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

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: Oh, Hello!

It’s a new year, with new adventures!
Happy 2019! Ann and I are back with another On the CASE.  Last year,  Ann and I worked our way through Stampin’ Up!® catalogs, breaking down samples step-by-step, providing you with free tutorials so you could CASE your own. This year, Ann is still working on unsolved Stampin’ Up! CASEs, but I’ve been “reassigned” to a new unit!

On the CASE: Detailed With Love

It’s time to celebrate!
This is the last CASE file for Ann and I this year! Wow! How time flies 😀 I thought I’d revisit a past suite and share another quick and simple design.

On the CASE: Make a Difference

Here’s a quick getaway from the holiday hustle & bustle…

For today’s On the CASE, I have a fun little 3x3 card that you can make in a few minutes – perfect for a quick getaway from all the extra people and an opportunity to let your mind empty out while you focus on some fun and simple crafting.

I popped back into the Annual Catalog and a suite of products that you probably saw a lot of early on – the Share What You Love suite. There’s lots of fun little projects in the catalog, and that Specialty DSP is just amazing, so, let’s dive in!

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (November 2018 - Make a Difference - 2018-19 Annual Catalog). Featuring, Make a Difference stamp set, Share What You Love Specialty DSP. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #hello #handstamped

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

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps : Make A Difference Photopolymer Stamp Set [146676]
Ink : Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Pad [147095]
Paper : Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper [146926] – 2 3/4″ x 3/4″, fussy cut flowers & leaves, Share What You Love Cardstock Pack [146345] – 3″ x 6″ Mint Macaron,Whisper White Card Stock [100730] – 2″ x 2″
Tools: Big Shot [143263] , Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies [145372]
Accessories : Share What You Love Artisan Pearls [146927] , Share What You Love Embellishment Kit [146928] , Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder [148048]

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score your card base at 3″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. Emboss one side of the card base with the Lovely Floral DTIEF
  3. Stamp the word “hello” in Granny Apple Green on Whisper White.
  4. Diecut sentiment with the smallest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits
  1. Fussy cut two large flowers, a small flower and three leaf fronds.
  2. Arrange the fussy cut images around the diecut sentiment.
  3. Add two turns of white thread from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit.
  1. Adhere the Specialty DSP strip to the card base.
  2. Adhere the finished sentiment element using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  3. Adhere three Artisan Pearls to the center of the left-most flower.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 – This was a lovely little card that could be easily stepped-down by omitting the embossing folder and using a 1 1/2″ Circle Punch instead of the die. No Big Shot required! That makes this design a bit more accessible to the beginner stamper. To make it even simpler, the fussy cut pieces could be omitted all together!

#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: Oh, Hello!

It’s a new year, with new adventures!
Happy 2019! Ann and I are back with another On the CASE.  Last year,  Ann and I worked our way through Stampin’ Up!® catalogs, breaking down samples step-by-step, providing you with free tutorials so you could CASE your own. This year, Ann is still working on unsolved Stampin’ Up! CASEs, but I’ve been “reassigned” to a new unit!

On the CASE: Detailed With Love

It’s time to celebrate!
This is the last CASE file for Ann and I this year! Wow! How time flies 😀 I thought I’d revisit a past suite and share another quick and simple design.