Creative Cards by Pat

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Push the Envelope

The Envelope Punch Board has been available for a month now.

I don't have one, but plan on ordering soon.  I've heard that it's pretty cool. 

Order yours today at

Friday, September 27, 2013

There's a New Kit in Town!

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Why go to the store when a birthday, graduation, wedding, or even a time for expressing gratitude comes up? The Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit puts cards for all of those events right at your fingertips. And best of all, they’ll be handmade!  The kit contains everything you need (minus adhesive and scissors) to create 20 beautiful cards for almost any occasion, and it comes with a beautiful box to store your cards in.
Order it today in my Online Store at use Item #134797
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The Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit includes:
* Cardstock and envelopes for 20 cards
* Twine, buttons & clips
* Pre-cut paper embellishments
* Mini ink pads (Stampin’ Spots)
* Seven-piece Occasions Stamp Set & clear stamp block
* Full color Tips & Tricks brochure for making the cards
* A cool, storable, giftable box

Friday, September 20, 2013

Layered Labels - Simple but Classy!

Classy Thank You!

I just love this Thank You card.  It is simple yet very classy.

To create this card I started with Always Artichoke
card stock cut to the standard size base of 5.5" x 8.5" folded in half.

The second layer is cut 5.25" x 4" from Sahara Sand card stock.

The third layer is cut 5" x 3.75" from a piece of Always Artichoke Designer Series Paper.

I set these pieces aside for a while and grabbed a piece of Sahara Sand card stock.  I then used the largest stamp from the Layered Labels stamp set and stamped the image onto the Sahara Sand card stock with Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad.  Using my Big Shot (the most awesome machine ever) I ran the stamped Sahara Sand card stock along with the coordinating Framelit from the Apothecary Accents set through.  The Big Shot cuts the image out with crisp clean lines!!!  I love it!

Because I needed a Thank You card I decided to add another layer.
I took one of the stamps from the Four Frames stamp set and stamped it onto a piece of Always Artichoke card stock with a Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad.
The Four Frames stamps have enough space inside the stamp to add a sentiment.
I used the "Thanks so Much" stamp from my Six-Sided Sampler stamp set...again using the Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' fit just perfect!  Punch this image out with the Decorative Label punch.

Now you are ready to begin assembling your layers!!  This is the exciting part:)  I love seeing how the layers I've created come to together!  Assemble the first three layers one on top the other ...making sure they are straight and square.  To add dimension and a little interest use Stampin' Dimensionals to raise the last layer off the card a little.

Add a little bling and WOW...look at this awesome card!!  Simply but Classy!

My supplies list is shown below!  Click any item to begin shopping!


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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

50 New Items on the Clearance Rack!

We've added over 50 new items to the Clearance Rack,
including the Petal Card Double Punch!
Photo: We've added over 50 new items to the Clearance Rack, including the Petal Card Double Punch!
Simply Click the "Clearance Rack" Icon on the left side of my blog.  Awesome Savings:-)

Six-Sided Sampler

With the rainy weather we had on Sunday I was able to sit down be creative!

Here is one of the cards I made!

What could be more simple...I used Marina Mist (seems to be a fav of mine lately) 
Whisper White and Coastal Cabana card stock.

Using the Six-Sided Sampler stamp set and the coordinating punch
 ( you guessed it!!! I bundled these items when I bought them:))
 I stamped and punched out the  hexagon shapes.
 Set these aside for a minute.

Using Marina Mist ink and the Off The Grid stamp create a background for the card.  
Use you imagination... stamp off the edges of the card stock...give the card some character:)

Next layer your card stocks and apply the hexagons as you like.
Lay the hexagons out on your card stock and see what different patterns catch your eye.  
I find that I like a very symmetrical look when I put things together.

Oh ya...the cute little "thanks much" stamp is part of the Six-Sided Sampler stamp 
set and is made to fit perfectly inside the blank hexagon!!

To order your Stampin' Up! Products just click on the "Stampn' Up!" 
Logo at the top right corner of my blog :)
Happy Shopping!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Creating Custom Ribbon

Creating Custom Ribbon

Our 7/8" Cotton Ribbon  is so versatile. You can use it straight out of the package,
dye it by spritzing it with Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill and a Stampin' Spritz,
customize it with our Stampin’ Write Markers —which is what I am going to
show you today.

Since Stampin’ Write Markers come in our exclusive colors, you can customize
your ribbon with whatever color you need to coordinate with your project.

Here are some fun and easy patterns that I came up with for my custom ribbon.
I used the brush tip for all three designs. As you can see, the ribbon picked up
the ink color really well. (If you look closely, you’ll see that my free-hand lines
and polka dots aren’t perfect. And that’s okay—the imperfections give projects a
handmade look and feel!)  So pull out your cotton ribbon and markers today and
start designing your own custom ribbon!

Order from me today!  Simply click the 7/8" Cotton Ribbon link above!  Don't
forget your Stampin Spritzer...there's a link for that too:)

Monday, September 9, 2013

It's Official!

It's Official Folks!

I will be holding a Creative Card Class 
At Hobby Lobby in Sheboygan!

Thursday, October 10, 2013
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Anyone local reading this who would like to join me
Please email me at

Deadline for signing up is Ocotber 1, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Simply Sketched - Get Well Card

Hello Everyone!
I've had a great time "playing" with all the new Stampin' Up! items that came last week:)
But I've also heard that some one in the Stampin' Up! family is going through some tough times.  I put together this card for her hoping that it may lift her spirits!

Notice the format for the card is the same basic three layers of complimentary card stock as I have discussed in the past.  Easy, right?  I used Marina Mist (item 119682), Early Espresso (item 119686) and Whisper White (item 100730).
Next I took the Whisper White cardstock and spritzed it with a Stampin' Spritzer (item 126185) that had about 1/2 tsp of water in it along with one drop of
Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Ink Refill (item 119787)
that is how I achieved the raindrop effect in the background.  Give this piece time to dry!
Once dry I used the Painter's Tape technique.  You simply cut pieces of painters tape cut to any length you choose.  I stick these to my pant leg to make them less sticky.  Then stamp the tape onto a Classic Stampin' Pad.  I used the Marina Mist (126962) and the Early Espresso (item119789) and then apply the tape to your card where you want the splash of color!
I stamped the flower from the Simply Sketched stamp set ( Clear Mount item 129672 and Wood Mount item 129669) using the Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pat (item 126980).
From the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set I stamped the "Sending thoughs..." sentiment with Early Espresso.
Using a scalloped corner punch I punched out the top left corner (I held the two layers if paper together while punching so when I centered them the punched design is seen on both pieces of card stock)
Add a little ribbon, a little bling and there you go!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Can't Wait for the Weekend:)

When I arrived home from work tonight I had an expected , 
but wonderful surprise waiting for me.  
My Stampin' Up! Order had arrived!!!!   

I just love opening a box of new "toys".  :)

Check out the image below....  I may have gone a little overboard...what do you think?

The picture is a little deceiving!  You can't really see everything I ordered, LOL!

I'm so happy we don't have any plans for the weekend:)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Best of 25 Years Stamp Sets

As part of Stampin' Up!'s 25 year anniversary they have/are coming 
out with 12 clear-mount ( not available in wood mount) stamp sets.  
They have released one set per month since January 2013 and will 
continue monthly releases through December 2013.   
The most recent set released is called "Autumn".

I've added an icon in the right hand column of my blog 
where you can check for the new release each month.  
Order yours today!!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Mixed Bunch. Adding Dimension

                                             As a follow up from my last post

                         here is a picture of how using stamps and punches together 

                                            can add dimension to your project.  


I used the Mixed Bunch stamp set and the coordinating Blossom punch and the 1" circle punch along with coordinating ink colors.  The color coordination between the card stock and the ink is one of the great features of Stampin' Up! Products.  The color scheme I chose is Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive.  You may not care for this color combo, but you could use any colors you would like.  Stampin' Up! Sells a Color Coach for those of us who need a little extra help pairing colors (myself included)!

The first thing I did here was to cut my paper.  The card itself is 5.5" x 4.25" cut from a piece of Whisper White card stock.  The second layer is a piece of Old Olive cut to 5.25" x 4".  The top layer is again Whisper White cut to 5" x 3.75".  

I took the 5" x 3.75" Whisper White card stock and used my Stampin' Up! Big Shot and the Little Leaves Sizzlits to punch a negative image...meaning that I punched the little leaves out of the Whisper White...but instead of using the leaves I punched out, I used the image after removing the leaves.

I stamped the flower image on the Whisper White card stock and then stamped the same image on some Rich Razzleberry card stock.  Instantly you can tell that the Rich Razzleberry image is going to make your project "POP".  Using the Blossoms Punch, punch out the image of the flower and set it aside.  Following the same process stamp the center image for the flower onto some Old Olive card stock then punch it out with the 1" circle punch.  Set this aside as well.

This is the exciting part!! Begin assembling your layers!   Just love seeing how the project comes together!  When you adhere the punched Rich Razzleberry flower to your card, use a Stampin' Dimensional to make the flower sit a little higher off the card stock.  

I added a small jewel to the center of the flower to give it a little "BLING":)

Well, what do you think?  Leave me a comment!  I know post was quite long..sorry about that.  But I hope that those of you who are new to stamping are able to follow my directions and create an awesome project of your own:)

Supplies list:

Cardstock:  Whisper White item 100730, Rich Razzleberry item 115316, Old Olive item 100702
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry item 126950, Old Olive item 126953
Stamps:  Mixed Bunch Clear Mount item 125537, Wood Mount item 128442
Punches:  Blossom Punch item 125603, Little Leaves Sizzlit (used with the Big Shot)

To purchase your Stampin' Up! Supplies simply click the "Stampin' Up!" image in the right sidebar!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

To Bundle or Not To Bundle??

To bundle or not to bundle, that is the question. 
Personally I like to bundle. 
The advantage of bundling is that you have more creative possibilities. 
Stampin' Up! stamps themselves are awesome with their beautiful crisp images. But pair that awesome stamp with a punch and you have possibilities that are endless!  Whether you are creating cards or scrapbook pages the punched image adds a dimension that makes your project more interesting.  Stampin' Up! also offers Stampin' Dimensionals to help you create the dimensional look.  Look for this product near the back of the 2013 - 2014 Annual Catalog.
So to increase your creative options, consider bundling whenever possible!