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.

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On the CASE: A Big Thank You

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On the CASE: Country Home

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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

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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

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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.

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 in A Big Thank You. If you need a masculine thank you, follow today’s directions to a “T”. Or, change up the colors to create a design that’s just right for the recipient! If you have a Stamparatus, you’ll even get to try out a fun technique – the “step-down”.

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (October 2018 - A Big Thank You - 2018-19 Annual Catalog). Featuring, A Big Thank You stamp set, Thank You Thinlit die, Stamparatus. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #thanks #CAS #thankyou #handstamped #masculine

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On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score your card base at 4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder. Adhere the Crumb Cake panel to the base. Set aside.
  2. Adhere the multipurpose adhesive sheet to the Night of Navy panel. Diecut the “Thank You” sentiment. Use the Precision Base Plate for best results.
  3. Set up the lines image on the Stamparatus. Be sure to have the plate aligned to the right so you can “step-down” the notches.
  4. Stamp in Pool Party first. Move the Stamparatus plate down one notch and stamp again. Repeat this for a total of four lines.
  5. Clean the stamp and align it just below the first Pool Party line. Re-adhere to the Stamparatus plate and repeat the step-down process in Pear Pizzazz.
  6. Repeat the step-down process one last time, this time with Mango Melody.

***Nit-picky details: I left my piece of cardstock slightly larger than the finished size so I could keep a magnet in place the whole time. After I was finished stamping, I cut it down to the proper size.

  1. Adhere the finished panel to the card base.
  2. Adhere the diecut sentiment to the card base.
  3. Stamp out the rest of the sentiment on a scrap of Whisper White. Snip out the words.
  4. Pop up the sentiment using a small piece of Foam Strips.
  5. Add a Whisper White Baker’s Twine bow.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 – There is a bit of technique to this card – it’s not just a stamp & stick! I was grateful that I have a Stamparatus, because it made quick work out of the striped background pattern. This “step-down” technique is definitely a fun one to try! I love that the colors in this card are totally interchangeable. You can use any color set you have on hand – not just the colors from the CASE. Go monochrome, bright, neutral or regal – any combo will work! The diecut and simple snipped sentiment really help to make the stamped background shine.

#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!

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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.

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. I’m sure it’s one of the samples that really got you hooked on this amazing stamp set and spectacular coordinating Suite products. I haven’t splurged much on purchases from the Holiday catalog. I just don’t have time to make a billion different holiday cards — but, this stamp set seemed like a real winner to me. I’m hoping to see it carry over into the Spring, and maybe even into the next Annual Catalog.

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (October 2018 - Country Home - 2018 Holiday Catalog). Featuring, Country Home stamp set. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #christmas #CAS #cotton #country #handstamped #floral

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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. Set aside.
  2. Stamp the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss on the 5/8″ strip of Whisper White.
  3. Adhere sentiment to Granny Apple Green CS. Trim excess Whisper White. Leave a small overhang on the right side.
  4. Attach Galvanized Clip to the left side of the sentiment. Adhere a twine bow using glue dots.
  5. Adhere the strip of DSP to the bottom of the sentiment panel. Set aside.
  1. Make a mark on the smaller Crumb Cake panel – 1 1/2″ from the bottom. Stamp the cotton image at the mark. Stamp a second image on the right side, just below the mark. If you used Staz-on, clean your stamp right away!
  2. Color the cotton using a white watercolor pencil.
  3. Color in the rest of the flowers and leaves with watercolor pencils.
  4. Smooth out the colors (except the white) with a Blender Pen.
  1. DIstress the colored panel using the edge of your paper snips.
  2. Adhere the Gray Granite, Country Lane DSP and larger Crumb Cake layers to the card base.
  3. Adhere the stamped Crumb Cake layer to the assembled card base.
  4. Adhere sentiment panel to card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 – There were a few different paper sizes that I had a bit of trouble deciphering, but I figured it out, and the measurements provided in the post are accurate (not necessarily my pictures…). So, I basically did the hard part for you! I really love the idea of using watercolor pencils and blender pens for this project as it’s a nice introduction to that kind of “watercoloring”. Since you’re not using the Blender Pen to blend, but to smooth out the pencil lines, it’s easy to get the hang of how a blender pen works, without ending up scrubbing the paper off into little pills. There’s the added bonus of white-on-crumb cake which is a stunning look no matter what, so, for the beginner stamper, this project is a huge boost to confidence. A “wow” look, with a “wow, that was easy!” feeling.

PS: After closer inspection, there is a swipe of the Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend across the sentiment in the Stampin’ Up! sample. I did not do this step in my version. It’s totally optional…

#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!

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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.

On the CASE: Wishing You Well

Looking for simple & easy for the holidays and beyond?

Look no further! For today’s On the CASE, I dove into a stamp set who’s samples caught my eye on my first flip through the Holiday Catalog. Did you know that the Holiday Catalog has more than just holiday-themed stamps? It’s true, this set does have a seasonal greeting, but it’s also good all year ’round with some lovely well wishes. Say hello to Wishing You Well!

I love that this set is one of the new “DistINKtive” stamps, giving the images instant depth and a 3-D feel with just one color ink. I also love that the samples are so simple, it would literally take less than five minutes to make a card if you needed to send off a sympathy or get-well card ASAP. OR, if you want to get piles of holiday cards done in a weekend, or a day, this design is for you!

What’s easier, is that you can order everything you need for these cards with just ONE item number – 150096. This is fabulous – especially if you’re just getting started with stamping and need some basic supplies, like an acrylic block and ink pads.

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (September 2018 - Wishing You Well - 2018 Holiday Catalog). Featuring, Wishing You Well stamp set. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #note #CAS #cleanandsimple #distinktive #handstamped #floral
For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (September 2018 - Wishing You Well - 2018 Holiday Catalog). Featuring, Wishing You Well stamp set. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #christmas #CAS #cleanandsimple #distinktive #handstamped #floral

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On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

I’m doing a 2-for-1 today! These cards were so simple, you’re getting the step-by-step for both of them!

JUST A NOTE CARD:

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. Stamp the bouquet image in Granny Apple Green. Use your Stamparatus if you want. This will make it easier if you’re going to do multiples.
  3. Stamp the flower image twice (without re-inking so some flowers are lighter) in Tranquil Tide.
  4. Stamp the sentiment in Tranquil Tide.
  5. Add Gold Metallic Thread loops behind the sentiment. Adhere with glue dots.
  6. Trim the sentiment to length and adhere to stamped panel with glue dots for just a little pop-up.
  7. Adhere the finished panel to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

SEASON’S GREETINGS CARD

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. You can set up the images on your Stamparatus if you plan on doing multiples. Use both sides of one plate, and even use the top and side of the base so you can fit all of the stamps on one plate!
  3. Stamp the wreath in Granny Apple Green.
  4. Stamp the Bow and sentiment in Tranquil Tide.
  5. Add gold metallic thread swirls behind the stamped panel.
  6. Adhere the finished panel to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 1 out of 5 – These are total entry-level cards that are truly beautiful! If you, or someone you know, are just getting started with stamping, you can’t go wrong with these designs. So get a few people together and have fun exploring the joy of stamps, paper and ink! With the supplies in the bundle (see the supplies list below), you can make 40 cards! WOW!!!

#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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  • 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

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!

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.