Birthday Snail Mail

One of the Mini Catalog Suites of products that I will truly miss is the Snail Mail.  There is just something about those adorable little snails that make me smile.  Today I have a Snail Mail Birthday card to share.

 

 

It’s All About the DSP

You know how much I love the Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper.  It is generally the base all my cards are built on.  Today it is even the focal point of the card.  I not only used the strip of a sheet from the pack on the left side, but the snail is die cut from the DSP as well.

One of the great things Stampin’ Up! does is that they make the DSP so that you can use the matching dies to cut out a pre-colored image.  What a way to save time!  I used this little trick for the Snail.  There is no way I could make the colors so perfect!  The little heart attached to the shell is from the dies at well.  That little bit of extra adds quite a bit of Cute to the card.

Layers

After die cutting the snail and adding the heart, I couldn’t decide how to add it to the card.  I wanted a little different layer.  Going through my dies, I ran across the Painted Labels Dies.  They are another set that offer such a variety for layering!  I chose to make the layer in White to blend the white around the die cut snail.

I went one step further with the layer and did something I usually forget to do.  Quite a lot of the dies have an embellishment die in the mix.  I rarely use these simply because I do not think of it.  Today it sort of jumped out at me.  So I cut the little lace look in Real Red to match the heart from the Snail’s shell.  I love the added little bit of color and fancy it gives to a fun card.

Finishing Touches

The sentiment is from the Oval Occasions stamp set.  It fit perfectly on the little envelope die from the Snail Mail Bundle.  Everything is glued directly down with the exception of the snail.  It is adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  And of course, there is a little bling in the form of a Rhinestone next to the sentiment.

Generally for birthday cards I will stamp an image from the set I use on the envelope for mailing.  Just to let the person know there is something fun inside.  For today’s card I stamped the Happy Mail stamp and used the Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch to cut it.  So that it stands out just a little bit, I went around the edges of the postage edge with the Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blend.  That way it doesn’t blend in totally with the White envelope.

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Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed today’s project and will come back.  I do read and reply to all of the comments individually.  They mean a lot to me.  Please reach out if you have a question.

Smile and Keep On Stamping,

Jackie

 

 


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Slim Puffin Party

Today’s card is a Slim Line card starring the Party Puffins.  I could not decide if the card needed MORE.  Do you ever have those thoughts?  For this time I decided to ignore that thought and go with it as is.

Also,  I have a couple of pictures to share with you from my beach vacation.  The weather was better than expected and a wonderful, relaxing, few days were enjoyed by all.

 

Stampin' Up!, Party Puffins, Tailor Made Tags, Jackie Beers

 

Make A Wish

I believe these little guys are just adorable!  Stampin’ Up! and their extremely talented artists do amazing animals with movement and adorable faces.  There is quite a lot of white space on this card.  Slim cards sort of lean that way for me, but I decided not to compete with the cute guys and left them to shine alone.

I paired the adorable Party Puffins with the stand alone die set of Tailor Made Tags.  These are two different styles of tags that have multiple layers for each.  I used the same tag for each layer here.  This was mostly due to limited space as I did not want to crowd in on that right side Puffin too much.  The partial showing of the Balmy Blue tag underneath works pretty well.

The too cute little fish is part of the Party Puffin stamp set.  I colored him with Stampin’ Blends and then fussy cut him.  Even though he is small, it is pretty easy to cut out.  Plus layering him over white helps the edges of white left behind to blend into the background.  He really draws your eye to the tags.

Measurements:

  • Base of Mint Macarron is 7 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 3 3/4
  • Balmy Blue is cut to 3 1/2 X 8 1/4
  • White is cut to 3 1/4 X 8

 

God’s Artwork at the Beach

Ok.  Here are a couple of beach and sunset shots to show why I was not thinking of posting this past week.

 

Thank you for coming back to see me after my vacation.  I have posts ready for all week long, so please stop by tomorrow for another new project.

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Your Day

Today’s card is the last time I get to share the Kangaroo & Company Bundle with you.  Sadly it’s time is almost over.  I think these stamps are some of the cutest ever in regard to the animals.  And the versatility with the images that fit with it are simply adorable.

 

Stampin' Up!, kangaroo and company, jackie beers

 

My plan

This little Kangaroo is so cute.  My thought with the circles is that they match the DSP.  The Designer Series Paper is the Ice Cream Corner DSP.  It is the green ice cream for the stick on the opposite side.  The front of the card was intended to make you wonder what is on the inside.  I think the little envelope, which is part of the stamp and the die sets, lends to that thought.  And the little butterfly is perfect for the delivery!

Here is the inside of the card.

 

 

I gave the Mom some gifts to deliver in her little pouch.  I could not decide on the sentiment, so left that off until I needed it.  The gifts could work for either a birthday or a baby shower in my way of thinking.  The gifts are attached to the little piece from the die set which allows the item you are using to be pulled out of the pouch and then returned as well.

Original Idea

My first thought for this card was the same overall, but to be made a square card.  That was great right up until I was going to add the kangaroo on the inside.  Yes, you guessed correctly.  The Mom Kangaroo is too tall.  But here is a picture of that card as well.

 

 

 

The only difference on the front is the cardstock strips.  I felt with the extra space on the larger card, the circle needed to be grounded.  Other than the strips, the layout is the same.  So you get two ideas for the same project and supplies!  What a deal!!

Measurements

  • card base in Soft Sea Foam cut 5 1/2 X 8 1/2
  • Old Olive layer cut 5 1/4 X 4
  • DSP layer cut 5 X 3 3/4
  • White strip cut 4 1/2 X 1/2
  • Old Olive strip cut 4 1/4 X 1/2
  • A White and Old Olive Circles cut with the 2 1/4″ Circle Punch

 

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you like the Kangaroo & Company as much as I do.  If so, grab this sweet bundle before they are sold out.

 

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Birthday Snail

Every time I use the Snailed It Bundle I love it a little bit more.  I cannot help but Smile when I look at the precious Snail and the paper.  That is always my goal is to send someone a Smile with my cards.  I hope this one helps you to Smile!

 

 

The Bundle

The Snailed It Bundle includes the stamp set and matching dies.  Both include great images that can be stamped and die cut.  The die set has a matching envelope that is so stinking cute.  The stamp set has a stamp which pairs with the Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch.

I chose the Snail carrying her gifts with her as the focal point of this card.  She is colored using Stampin’ Blends in Soft Suede, Cinnamon Cider and Petal Pink.  The gifts are colored using Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight.  I added a few hearts that are also part of the die set.  They are cut using Flirty Flamingo with the addition of Resin Hearts for texture.

The Papers and Colors

If I have DSP on a card, that is where my color choices generally come from.  This Snail Mail Designer Series Paper has so many fun colors in it that making the choices are pretty difficult.  I finally decided on Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight.  I added a banner of Daffodil Delight that is punched using the Triple Banner Punch as a grounding layer for the Snail.  The Snail is raised using Stampin’ Dimensionals for some added depth.

Thank you for visiting today.  I hope you did have a Smile from this card.  Remember that this entire suite of products is on the Retiring List.  As of this post, everything is still available.

 

 

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Waterfall Card

I have a Waterfall Card to share today.  To be honest, I had not made one of these in many years.  But I had a request for a class I was doing for a group of ladies.  They all loved it.  I hope you will as well.

 

Waterfall Cards are so much fun to play with.  However, there are several steps to getting them to work properly.  The first thing you need is stamps that all work together.  My preference has always been animal stamp sets.  Having the same type animal in different positions and expressions is perfect.  With that in mind, I chose the Way To Goat stamp set.  These goats are so adorable to play with and are wonderfully drawn by the Stampin’ Up! Artists.

 

Stamps and Paper

I chose the Way To Goat because of the adorable little goats.  I chose the DSP because of this pin stripe piece from the Well Suited Designer Series Paper.  Goats are not at all sophisticated, but the color worked perfectly with the gray outline and white cardstock.   But the more I looked at the card, the more I thought it was a perfect match!

The yellow was for a touch of contrast with all of the gray.  And it matches the flower the first goat you see is ready to eat.  The tip of the pull end was punched using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch .

Measurements and Instructions

This picture shows the fully extended Waterfall.  Click on the picture to get the PDF of instructions and more pictures.

 

 

This was my first time adding a PDF to the post.  It did not go as well as planned. I will improve before I add the next one!!!  If you have any questions, please contact me.

 

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Adventure

My card to share today is another one which has a cute little critter and a touch of whimsey.  It began with the Walk In The Woods stamp set.  After debating on how to showcase the stamps, I came up with a bit of fussy cutting and some DSP to create the scene.

 

 

The mushrooms and little hedgehog ( at least I think that is what he is?) seemed perfect for a watercolor look.  They are made almost like a pen and ink drawing, so a bit of watercolor goes well.  I used Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends along with Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends for the mushrooms.  The hedgehog is colored all over with Light Crumb Cake Blend and highlighted with the Dark Crumb Cake.  For the finishing touch I colored the background , white area, with Pool Party Light Stampin’ Blend.

After fussy cutting the stamped images, I found the perfect piece of DSP in the Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper.  I love how the green fades from one shade of green to another to.  I added a piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock as a layer on a Granny Apple Green card base.

The sentiment is from the stamp set.  Since I have the white edge of the fussy cutting, I simply stamped the sentiment and cut using the Classic Label Punch.  Can you believe this punch is retiring?  So sad!

This card is not for a high school graduation.  But I think it would be great for a elementary or middle school graduation.  It would work for anyone off on a new adventure.  And we all need that right now!!

Thank you for stopping in today.  Please come back on Monday for another new project!

 

 

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