Clean and Simple Greeting Card

Clean and Simple Greeting Card

Don’t you just love the look of a clean and simple greeting card?  Today’s project was inspired by a swap I received at the Stampin’ Up! Founders Circle trip earlier this month.  This card will also be the make-n-take at Cottage Crafts tomorrow.   (this card was cased with the tiniest of changes from Dawn Olchefske’s swap) Very Vanilla cardstock is used for all the layers which measure as follows: card base:  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″ 1st layer:  5-1/4″ x 4″ 2nd layer:  4″ x 2-3/4″ 3rd layer:  3-3/4″ x 2-1/2″ Here are the supplies: Stamps:  Ornamental Pine, Gorgeous Grunge, Wetlands Ink:  Old Olive, Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso Paper:  Very Vanilla Accessories:  Early Espresso Twine, Dimensionals Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog   This technique for layering on this clean and simple greeting card is SO simple too!  Lay the smallest piece of the Very Vanilla cardstock (3-3/4″ x 2-1/2″) on top of the first layer (5-1/4″ x 4″) directly in the center.  You could lightly “tack” it down with temporary adhesive but I simply set it on top.  Ink up the branch from Ornamental Pine in Old Olive and stamp it where the image is very close to the top and sides of the larger layer.  Press very firmly and hold the smaller cardstock in place when lifting up the stamp.  Stamp the Gorgeous Grunge image in Baked Brown Sugar at an angle so the image overlaps both layers.   Stamp the pine cone in Baked Brown Sugar and the greeting in Early Espresso. Adhere the smaller stamped piece to the slightly larger Very Vanilla cardstock (4″ x 2-3/4″) and add Dimensionals to the back (about 6).  Add the Early Espresso Baker’s Twine to the largest layer and adhere to the front of the folded Very Vanilla cardstock.  Add the smaller panel with Dimensionals to the center of the front of the card.  That’s it – told you it was easy 😉  I also stamped the inside of the card and the envelope to match:       Even though this stamp set is from the Holiday Catalog, I think the images work great for nature and masculine cards too.  If you don’t have a copy of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog, you can click the link in the right side bar to view all of the stamps and accessories. Leave me a comment below if you’d like me to upload a video tutorial for this project.  If you’re in the San Jose area, please stop by Cottage Crafts tomorrow (11:30-1:30pm) for the make-n-take and create this clean and simple greeting card with me...

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Quick and Easy Birthday Card

Quick and Easy Birthday Card

Do you need a quick and easy birthday card?  How about this one using the Choose Happiness stamp set?!     (Inspired by Simone Bartrum, Australian Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator)   The base of the card is Blackberry Bliss and measures 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″.   This card starts out as a typical A2 card but you’re going to tear off about 2/3’s of the front.  Don’t let tearing scare you – it’s not hard and you don’t have to be perfect   Just hold the card in your left hand, start tearing with your right hand and inch it along, tearing a little bit at a time.  I purposely left the right side wider than the left so I’d have room for the greeting.  After you tear, you can rough up the edges a bit to give it more texture. Add some Pear Pizzazz 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon in two pieces.  One piece (about 6″) goes across the front with the ends adhered to the back of the torn flap – this will be covered up later.  Tie a separate piece to the ribbon on the front and add Glue Dots to secure it in place.  I didn’t actually tie a knot, I only tied it once to keep it flatter but the Glue Dots will make sure it doesn’t come undone. The Whisper White cardstock for the front (4-1/8″ x 5-1/2″) is stamped with the images from Choose Happiness in Blackberry Bliss and Pear Pizzazz and then glued under the torn front flap of the card.  I cut it slightly smaller than 4-1/4″ and lined it up to the bottom of the card before adhering. I also stamped some tiny flowers using the image from Something to Say which coordinates with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  When you stamp that flower image, make sure to stamp the two petals with two little “bumps” near the bottom of your cardstock so that your punch will line up perfectly. I added Rhinestones to the flower centers for a little sparkle but Pearls would also be nice This quick and easy birthday card would also works well for a variety of other sentiments but I chose the birthday greeting from Hey You.  All of the greetings from that set will work with the Decorative Label Punch too.  I stamped the flower and leaf on the inside of the card (Whisper White 4″ x 5-1/4″) and also the envelope. I popped up the greeting and the little punched flowers with Dimensionals – one in each corner for the greeting but had to cut little pieces of Dimensionals for the flower centers. I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy birthday card and will be...

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How to create a masculine card

How to create a masculine card

Have you ever wondered how to create a masculine card?  I have a “thing” for flowers and my stamp collection is decidedly slanted to the more feminine styles but we can’t forget about the guys, right?!  I recently purchased the “World of Dreams” stamp set with the hope that it could work for both masculine and feminine cards and I think today’s project proves that this set is perfect for guys and gals  The sample below was a make-n-take at Cottage Crafts on Monday and everyone LOVED how easy it was to create.  I chose Crumb Cake as the base because it’s a neutral color and also kind of a “woodsy” one that I think works well with the images in this set.     Stamps:  World of Dreams, Wetlands Ink:  Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Black Stazon Paper:  Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White Accessories:  Stampin’ Sponges, Linen Thread, Deco Labels Framelits, Dimensionals   All of the images are from the World of Dreams stamp set except for the greeting.  I love bold images as they are super quick and easy – just ink and stamp!  We sponged Crumb Cake ink around the edges of the Crumb Came and Whisper White cardstocks and the little bow is added with a Glue Dot.  The little strip of Mossy Meadow cardstock was 1-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and after the top and bottom were torn, ended up being about 1″ wide. This card would really work for a variety of occasions and some of my customers purposely left the greeting off so they could decide on the greeting later. When you’re trying to figure out how to create a masculine card, consider these tips: keep it simple (resist the urge to “fussy” it up!) use one or two neutral colors along with a “middle-of-the-road” color (one that’s not too bright or too soft) add elements of texture (like sponging, tearing, crinkling or embossing) choose images that are geometric or nature-like keep embellishments to a minimum   Here is another variation of the same card with slight changes in the layout but a more vibrant color combination:     The “Hello Honey” background is a lot brighter and very cheerful but I think it still works for a masculine card.  This card was cased with a few changes from a sample I found online by fellow demonstrator, Mercedes Weber.  My customers will be creating this version at my stamp camps this week I hope you enjoyed todays project and would love to hear your tips on how you create masculine cards so please leave me a comment...

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Kinda Eclectic greeting card

Kinda Eclectic greeting card

I was at the 2014 Stampin’ Up! convention in Salt Lake City this past week and we received a lot of great products including the Kinda Eclectic stamp set.  It’s a kind of eclectic set of images – hence the name 😉 and it lends itself to collage stamping which is one of my favorite techniques.  We got to use this set for a make-n-take very similar to my sample here:       I made a few changes from the Stampin’ Up! one (hey, that’s what stampers do, right?) in order to simplify it a bit for the Cottage Crafts make-n-take on Monday, July 21st.  The hexagon background is meant to look a little “splotchy” and was very easy to create. I applied Sahara Sand ink on the smaller side of the Hexagon embossing folder and placed the Whisper White cardstock on the other side.  I carefully closed the embossing folder and lightly pressed to apply the ink to the cardstock.  If you like a more uniform look for the Hexagon background, you would simply press more evenly. The leaf image is stamped in Mossy Meadow a couple of times – first full strength and then again without re-inking for the lighter shades.  The notch at the end of the greeting is punched with the Hexagon punch. Here’s the complete list of supplies:   Stamps:  Kinda Eclectic Ink:  Sahara Sand, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey Paper:  Whisper White (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″), Sahara Sand (1 1/8″ x 3″) Accessories:  Linen Thread, Bitty and Elegant Buttefly punches, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Hexagon Punch, Pearls, Dimensionals, Stampin’ Sponges   Here’s a few pictures from the Stampin’ Up! convention:   (Karine Gonzales, Laura Leonard, Anne Elizalde, Janet Bell) These lovely ladies are in my downline and this was the make-n-take using the Stampin’ Up! Kinda Eclectic stamp set   I had three roommates (to save money and also have more of a “slumber party” feel and this was the first convention for all of them but the 12th for me!  Debbi Gentry is on the right and I found her online when searching for a 4th roomie.  She was brave enough to join us and was a great addition to our group If you would like to see more convention photos, please check out my Keenan Kreations Facebook page and be sure to like and share any of the photos or projects with your stamping friends! Thank you for stopping by – I hope you enjoyed today’s project using the Stampin’ Up! Kinda Eclectic stamp set   ...

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Great Paper Sale from Stampin’ Up!

Great Paper Sale from Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up! is having a great sale this month on their gorgeous designer series papers: Buy 3 DSP, Get 1 Free!! During the entire month of July, when you purchase three Designer Series Paper packs, you’ll get one free. That’s like getting $10.95 off your purchase! Keep in mind: There is no limit to the number of free Designer Series Paper packs you can receive. For each three purchased, you will receive one free. To get your free DSP, enter it in your order separately from the three packs you’re paying for. For example, if you want four packs of the same type of paper, put in the three you’re paying for and enter the fourth as a separate item. These items don’t qualify for the offer: Designer Series Paper Stacks Specialty Designer Series Paper Designer Series Paper from the holiday catalog preorder Designer Series Paper ordered through hostess benefits     Orders may be placed on any order type (customer, workshop, or online order) Check out our Designer Series Papers in the annual catalog pages 186 &187 Promotion Dates and Deadlines: July 1-31, 2014   Item # Description Price 133698 Flowerpot Designer Series Paper $10.95 133699 Flashback Designer Series Paper $10.95 133693 Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper $10.95 133692 Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper $10.95 133694 Park Lane Designer Series Paper $10.95 133696 Maritime Designer Series Paper $10.95 133695 Lullaby Designer Series Paper $10.95 133700 Back to Black Designer Series Paper $10.95   If you’d like to have a 6″ x 6″ sample of ALL the $10.95 Designer Series Papers, contact me regarding my Paper Share.  You’ll get six 6″ x 6″ pieces from each of the above papers (48 pieces total) for only $9.84!  Long distance customers will pay additional shipping. Want to see some pretty greeting cards using the Back to Black Designer Series Paper?!   All of the above cards are basically the same with variations in the paper design and color choices.  The Back to Black Designer Series Paper is cut to 2″ x 5 1/2″ so you can make 12 cards from one 12″ x 12″ sheet. The largest and smallest flowers are from the new Beautiful Bunch stamp set which coordinates with the following punches:  Fun Flower, Petite Petals, 1/2″ Circle and 7/8″ Scallop Circle.  The medium flower is from the Flower Shop stamp set and coordinates with the Pansy Punch. The greeting is from the Tag Talk stamp set which coordinates with the Label Bracket punch. I used the Bone Folder to slightly curl the edges of the large and medium flowers and popped everything up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The last card with the Lost Lagoon color scheme will be the make-n-take at Cottage...

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Stampin’ Up! Flower Patch Card

Stampin’ Up! Flower Patch Card

How do you like this quick and easy card using the new photopolymer Flower Patch stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  This is going to be the make-n-take at Cottage Crafts on Monday, June 30th.  I’ll be at the store from 11:30-1:30pm with all the supplies you need to create this card for only $2     Stamps:  Flower Patch, A Dozen Thoughts, Beautiful Bunch Ink:  So Saffron, Tangelo Twist, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow Paper:  Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso, Whisper White Accessories:  3/4″ Circle Punch, Dimensionals   I really like the color combination on this card – it reminds me of fall!  I’m not sure why but I find that sometimes I’m drawn to colors of the season that are coming up next instead of the season we’re currently in.  This new Mossy Meadow is from the 2014-2016 In Colors and is a MUST have green.  It’s much richer than Always Artichoke and Garden Green.  If you decide to purchase the new In Color ink pads (Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss), be sure to buy the ink pad/cardstock bundle:  #133673 $29.95 and get the cardstock for free: I purposely kept this Stampin’ Up! Flower Patch card clean and simple for the make-n-take at the store but this stamp set also comes with matching Flower Fair Framelits so you could die-cut the flower layers for more dimension.  I recently posted a video tutorial on my Keenan Kreations YouTube channel sharing a tip on how to easily line the framelits up with the flowers too:     Here’s a couple of samples using the Flower Patch stamp set with the Flower Fair Framelits:     Stamps:  Flower Patch Ink:  Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack Accessories:  Flair Fair Framelits, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Circle Card Thinlits Die     Stamps:  Flower Patch, A Dozen Thoughts Ink:  Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist Paper:  Hello Honey, Whisper White Accessories:  Tangelo Twist Satin Stitched Ribbon, Dimensionals, Flower Fair Framelits   Flower Patch is a VERY fun set to play with and if you purchase it with the framelits as a bundle (#136788 $43.25), you’ll save 15%!  You can contact me to place your order for you or you can shop 24/7 at my online store by clicking the link to the right. Leave me a comment below if you enjoyed these projects using the new photopolymer Flower Patch stamp set from Stampin’...

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