Double Card

Sometimes making a regular card is very difficult for me.  More the idea than the execution!  LOL!!!  But today I have gone a step further and made what I call a Double Card.  It is simple and easy, just takes a minute to get the placement correct.  Please let me know what you think.

 

Stampin' Up! Southern Serenade Jackie Beers, stampinup, southern serenade, jackiebeers

Southern Serenade, 145921

 

If you can tell from the photograph, there is an oval cut in the front layers so that you see the flower on the inside of the card.   When you open the front flap, you see just the flower, and then it opens again to show the sentiment and where you sign.  That is why it is called a Double Card.  The next two photos show this probably better than I explained it.

 

 

So after all of that, I think it is really an unusual card and a nice way to showcase a larger stamp.  The most difficult part of this card is lining up the layers so that the ovals are properly lined up.  I found that securing the top and middle layer together with temporary adhesive and then cutting is the best.  I cut the size of the black layer first.  Then cut the larger oval in just the white layer.  The die leaves a small indented frame around the opening and this is very helpful in lining up your larger oval.  I then repeated the process with the black layer and the base layer by temporarily adhering them and cutting the same size oval from the base layer.  Theoretically all will now line up properly….. Hopefully!!

The background stamp is Sahara Sand and is stamped off first.  The flower is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and then colored with markers.

Thank you so much for visiting today!  I hope you liked this little bit different card.  The supplies I used are listed at the bottom of the post.

MEASUREMENTS:

  • Base card in Sahara Sand is 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 folded in half
  • The black layer is 5 1/4 X 4
  • The white layer is 5 X 3 3/4
  • The inside card is 8 X 5 1/4 and folded in half

 



 

 


 

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A Perfect Surprise

When I saw the little panda holding the balloon, in the Sale-A-Bration catalog, it made me think of a baby.    But I could not find a “welcome” sentiment that I liked in my collection. So I started thinking……Have you noticed all of the special ways that expectant parents are doing their pregnancy announcements or baby gender reveals?  I love the “thinking outside the box” that goes into some of these reveals.  This thought led me down a different road and I did find in the “Message In A Bottle” set what I think is the perfect sentiment.

 

Stampin' Up! Party Pandas, Jackie Beers

Party Pandas, 147221

 

I believe a card like this could be used for pretty much any occasion.  But I like to think it would be great for a pregnancy announcement or  (in the case of my color choices) a little girl reveal.

I got my color choices from this beautiful Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The gold foil on these sheets are beautiful, but hard to photograph.  I added the extra layers to emphasize the coordination of Stampin’ Up! colors and the DSP.

The balloon is colored using the Stampin’ Blends in Rich Razzleberry.  I used the color lifter to lighten the center just a bit. Can you see the way the eyes are lit up in the photograph?  I used the Glitter and Clear Epoxy Shapes again.  The clear, small, round ones are perfect to put over the little dot of an eye.  It seems to really highlight the precious eyes of this baby panda.  The sentiment is on a strip of paper that I placed the end into the Classic Label Punch going the wrong way to make the banner tips.

Thank you so much for visiting today!  I hope you enjoyed this little girl and her surprise.  The supplies I used are listed at the bottom of the page.

MEASUREMENTS:

  • The base card is Melon Mambo cut to 11 X 4 1/4 and folded in half
  • The first layer is Powder Pink and cut to 5 1/4 X 4
  • The DSP is cut to 5 X 3 3/4
  • The center Melon Mambo is cut to 4 1/4 X 2 3/4
  • The center Powder Pink is cut to 4 X 2 1/2
  • The center Panda piece is cut to 3 3/4 X 2 1/4

 


 

 

 


 

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Happy New Year Friends!

Happy New Year!  May we all be safe, happy, and be blessed with great friends.  And along those lines is my card for today.  A very quick, but special, friend card.

 

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Peacock, Jackie Beers, stampinup beautiful peacock jackie beers

Beautiful Peacock, 147239

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This is a 4 X 4 card that packs the punch of a full size one.  The gold foil and the foil sheet of DSP from Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper makes it look extra special!  I wanted to just focus on the peacock and I believe this suite of DSP is perfect for that. I stamped the peacock before I decided it was going to be a 4 X 4 size.  So the peacock is not square.  Sshh…..don’t tell anyone!

MEASUREMENTS:

  • The base of Thick Whisper White card stock is 8 X 4 folded in half
  • The Island Indigo layer is 3 7/8 X 3 7/8
  • The DSP is 3 3/4 X 3 3/4
  • The center Island Indigo is 2 1/2 X 2 3/8
  • The gold foil is 2 5/8 X 2 1/2
  • The whisper white is 2 3/4 X 2 5/8

 

Thank you so much for visiting today!  I hope you have a great day of family, food and football !!    The supplies I used are listed at the bottom of the page.

 


 

 

 


 

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A Little Hedge Hug

The stamp set I used today is a playful set that is super cute.  I did not do it justice.  But the sentiments and characters are pure magic.  This is a super quick and easy card.

 

Stampin' Up! Hedgehugs, Jackiebeers, Stampinup, Hedgehugs,

Hedgehugs, 145879

I should have masked the top of the stump, but I hope you can see how cute this little couple is.  I stamped them with Soft Suede and then colored with the Stampin’ Blends.  The little flower is colored with Stampin’ Write Markers.

Thank you for visiting today!  I very much appreciate you checking in.  I love to read your comments.

Reminder:  There are only two days left to place your reservation for the stamparatus.  You will receive it before it goes live in the 2018 Annual Catalog in June.


 

 

 


 

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Lots of Love

I am still enjoying the new stamp sets awaiting  you in the Occasions catalog coming soon.  Today I have a simple thinking of you type card.  This set is perfect for a little, or a lot, of color and stamping.  I went for a little.

 

Stampin' Up! Hanging Garden Jackie Beers, stampinup, hanging garden, jackiebeers

Hanging Garden, 146239

 

I used a mix of greenish colors today.  I have been on a sort of monochromatic kick lately.  This is just varying shades of green or teal.  I colored the succulent plants with the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  The basket is trimmed in the Pool Party.  The DSP is Naturally Eclectic and has Pool Party and Emerald Envy.  The ribbon is Emerald Envy and the card layer is Bermuda Bay.  A very odd mix, but I think they all work together.

Thank you so much for visiting today!  I hope you like the card and maybe will try some unexpected color blends.  The supplies I used are listed at the bottom of the post.

Reminder:  There are only two more days left to place your reservation for the stamparatus.  You will receive it before it goes live in the 2018 Annual Catalog in June.


 

 

 


 

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Birdy Sneak Peek

One of the benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is getting to play with the new products first.  Today’s card is one of those sets.  When I saw the cards Brian King had made for a Stampin’ Up! event, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

 

Stampin' Up! Bird Banter Jackie Beers, Stampin' Up!, Bird Banter, Jackie Beers,

Bird Banter, 145852

 

I do believe this little guy is precious!  The best thing about this stamp set is some of the unusual sentiments.  I believe reading this sentiment upon receiving the card would just make me smile.  And isn’t that why we make cards?  Of Course it is!!

My bird is somewhat colorful I know.  I chose the card base to go with the branch so it wasn’t the only brown.  But after coloring the bird, I decided he needed a bright color to make him shine.  That is the reason for the Pumpkin Pie.  And the leafy DSP from Whole Lot of Lovely just seemed to fit perfectly.

The one special item I used for the first time today are the Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes.  They are tiny little shapes of clear epoxy.  You get two sheets. One is clear and the other glitter.  I used one of the clear over the bird’s eye.  It looks like I added one of the squiggly eyes.  I hope you can see it in the photo.  I will definitely be using these little guys again soon.

Thank you for visiting with me today!  I very much appreciate it.  The supplies I used are listed at the bottom of the page.  Clicking on any item will take you directly to my online store.

Reminder:  There are only a few days left to place your reservation for the stamparatus.  You will receive it before it goes live in the 2018 Annual Catalog in June.


 

 

 


 

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Sweet Thoughts

I hope all of you have had a great Christmas!  We spent the day with friends and just relaxed.  And then I came home and made this card for you all.

 

Stampin' Up! Friendships Sweetest Thoughts, Jackie Beers, stampinup, friendship's sweetest thoughts

Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts, 145826

When I first saw this set in the upcoming 2018 Occasions Catalog, I thought it was cute and then passed over it.  But on the second go round (2nd of about 100!)  I gave it another look and said Yes.  I believe it has a lot of possibilities.

 

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This is another fairly monochromatic card.  I love doing these.  Especially with the beautiful designer series paper that Stampin’ Up! offers.  The DSP pretty much makes the card.  All I did was stamp the flowers and color them with the Stampin’ Blends.  I debated on doing a 4 X 4 card, but I loved the DSP and wanted to have it play a larger role.  So I stayed with the regular size A2 card.

Thank you very much for visiting today!  I love your comments.  And if you have not received one of the Occasions Catalogs, or do not have a demonstrator, I would love to assist you with this.  Feel free to comment or contact me.

The supplies I used are listed at the bottom of the page.

Reminder:  There are only a few days left to place your reservation for the stamparatus.  You will receive it before it goes live in the 2018 Annual Catalog in June.


 

 

 


 

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Merry Christmas To All of You !!!

I hope you are having a Magical, Family, Merriest Christmas!!  Hopefully you all received exactly what you wanted for Christmas.  As I have gotten older, I enjoy most just being with Friends and Family.  So thank you for visiting with me on this special day.

My card is the last Christmas card of the year.  I thought it only appropriate for today.  It is another simple one, my favorite!!

 

Stampin' Up!, Good Tidings, Jackie Beers

Good Tidings, 144870

 

For some reason the berries did not photograph well.  It may be the operator!  But in person they do NOT look like a glob.  To very from the total red and green color scheme, I went with the Christmas Around the World DSP and the Pool Party. The reason I love this stamp set, Good Tidings, is that the font and size of the “Good Tidings” is large and a little different.  To me that is a stand out on its own.  The holly and berries are triple layers and do look beautiful (when photographed properly).

The DSP is one I did not use very much.  It is beautiful , it just didn’t fit into the cards I planned. This sheet from the pack reminded me of a snowy sky.  Some of you are probably getting a snowy Christmas.  But I am in the south and we only get the occasional snow.  And yesterday it was 67 here.

Again, I appreciate you every time you visit my blog and view my cards.  I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas and have a very blessed new year!

Reminder:  There are only a few days left to place your reservation for the stamparatus.  You will receive it before it goes live in the 2018 Annual Catalog in June.


 

 

 


 

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A Tiny Gift Box

I must say that gift boxes are not in my normal realm of creativity.  But I found this precious little box when I was looking for a 3-D item for Wednesday’s Inking Royalty Blog Hop.  You can see that box HERE.  I had made note of this one until I found the wonderful one that I shared for the hop.  I think this one is too cute to ignore though.  I got the directions from the same person as the blog hop box.  It is www.positivelypapercraft.co.uk

 

Stampin' Up! Year of Cheer , Year of Cheer DSP, Jackie Beers, tiny treat box

Year of Cheer Specialty DSP, 144640

 

These adorable little guys are 1 1/2 on each side.  I could see this hanging on a Christmas tree with a very special gift inside!   I envision a little tree or branch with tiny gifts inside each box for a child’s party or a shower.  It would also make a great Advent Calendar by stacking the boxes and having the lids open from the side or top to bottom.  A very versatile little guy.

While the Year of Cheer DSP is retiring with the Holiday Catalog, the ribbon I used as a hanger is new.  It will debut in the 2018 Occasions Catalog on January 3.  It is 1/4″ White Organza Ribbon.  And it is a dream to work with.  I do love ribbon!

The DSP is the Year of Cheer Specialty DSP, which is a beautiful thicker paper and perfect for boxes.  This box requires a 6 3/8 X 4 7/8 piece of card stock.  On the 6 3/8 side, score at 1 1/2, 3, 4 1/2, & 6.  Turn the paper so that the narrow band from the 6″ score is at the top ( so turn counter-clockwise).  Then score the shorter side at 1 1/2, 3, 4 1/2.

Fold and burnish all of the folds.  Then follow the diagram for cutting. I did not have a lot of time to make the template.  It is very rough, but I believe you can follow along.

 

 

HINT: The dot on the left and second from bottom box is where you use the handheld punch to make the hole for the ribbon to hang, if that is your plan.  I made a 1 1/2″ square and with my ruler found the center and punched.  That way all I have to do is lay it over that panel and punch through the hole in the template.  The small section to the left of that square is the flap that holds the box together.  It is small enough to just fold under to get the reach you need with the handheld punch.

HINT:  This second hint is one of those I learned the hard way!  Feed your ribbon through the hold prior to gluing the sides of the box together.  It is really hard to get your hand inside the tiny box to feed into that little bitty hole. HaHa!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I will be back to cards next week.  That is my comfort zone.  I very much appreciate the kind comments about the boxes.

 

 


 

 

 


 

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A Little Thanks

Throughout the making of my Christmas cards I have been sharing I used a lot of Stampin’ Up!’s wonderful designer series paper.  I have really gotten into using the paper as a background instead of using an embossing folder.  So, I have consciously been trying to not do that for a change of the look of my cards.  That idea went out the window when I received my pre-order for the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  All of the paper you will see soon is gorgeous!! This is my first card with the new Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper.

 

Stampin' Up! One Big Meaning, Picture Perfect Party, Jackie Beers,

Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper, 145559

 

Isn’t this DSP just a “WOW” ?  I wanted to make some Thank You cards for the Christmas gifts I have/will receive.  When I saw this paper, I thought it would be perfect. But then I could not bring myself to cover up that beautiful paper.  So I just made a simple banner to run across the center, and decided that was a finished product.  So super quick and easy.  And since I need several of these, that is an added bonus!!

Thank you so much for visiting today.  I hope you have an amazing day and get some stamping accomplished in there. The supplies I used are listed at the bottom of the page.


 

 

 


 

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