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Friday, March 25, 2011

Gift card or money-holder...or "just a little note"...

Check out this card we made in class a while back...

It is folded to make it's own "pocket" ...to hold a separate note or a gift card or cash.
Below are different photos with and without the insert.


 "Pocket" Note or Gift Card: Created by Micki Daniel
All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011


                 
Pocket card with insert inside. Created by Micki Daniel
All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011

Pocket card without insert.
All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011

                               
Details of tearing, sponging and embossing.
All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011

I ran the front portion of the Old Olive card stock through my Big Shot, using the Square Lattice Embossing folder.   After tearing the top front edge...I sponged and then folded it forward.  Victoria Crochet Trim was placed across the front (flap only) and glued down at each end (underneath the flap) using sticky strip.  This also holds flap down.
I then wrapped the Daffodil Delight ribbon around complete card (from back to front) and tied it in a faux knot. This 1/4" ribbon holds the "pocket" together.  The Very Vanilla insert was die cut with the Top Note die and lightly sponged. (I used a retired punch to hold my gift card in place.) You could also use a mini glue dot to hold it in place...or write a personal note on the Top Note.
Add whatever stamped tag you prefer.  I used three different punches to make my tag...1 1/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch and the 1/2" circle punch...as well as a Rhinestone in the center. (The greeting is now retired.)

Try making your own "Pocket" Gift / Note Card...  Why not make yours a graduation or wedding card?

P.S.  For photo and details of each item used in making this card...just 'CLICK' on  name of item.

Thanks for coming by!   Don't forget to count your blessings today!  - Micki

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hey...I told you it was one of my favorites...

Compare this card to the one I posted yesterday...
("Kind and Caring Thoughts"... retired....same layout, and stamps...just different card stock color!)
 
This is one quick way to make gift card sets...using same stamp set...just different greetings!
(Thank you, Get well, Miss you, With Sympathy, Thinking of you, Happy Birthday...)

All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011
Switch out the greeting...to fit almost any occasion for sending this handmade card!
The Dafodil Delight CS and 'fruit' goes great with the Old Olive leaves and spongedscalloped oval.    Again, I used the En Francais (background) and 'stamped off' once with Crumb Cake ink, and white gel pen to add highlights to the 'fruit'.

All images ©Stampin'Up!

If you have a favorite stamp set, but have been putting off ordering it...don't wait!

If it is in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog...you have ONLY until March 31st to get it!
If it's in the Occasions Mini Catalog...you have until April 30 to order it!

P.S. View details of products...or place order...just by clicking on the highlighted word.

Try making your own version of this card layout! - Micki

Monday, March 21, 2011

One of my favorites...

Here is a card I made using the stamp set,  "Kind and Caring Thoughts" (now retired).

It is one of my "all time" favorite stamp sets...yes, I know...I have many favorites! 
But this set is one that always makes the list.   I am glad I got it when I had the chance!

Check out this card and you'll see why!

'Kind & Caring' Birthday card, Created by Micki Daniel
All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011

Close-up of 'Kind & Caring' card, Created by Micki Daniel
All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011

You could switch out the greeting...to fit almost any occasion for sending this lovely, handmade card!  The Poppy Parade CS and 'fruit' goes great with the Old Olive leaves and sponged, scalloped oval.  I also used the En Francais (background) and 'stamped off once' with Crumb Cake ink, and the white gel pen to add highlights to the fruit.

If you have a favorite stamp set...but  have been putting off ordering it...don't wait!
If it is in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog...you have ONLY until March 31st to get it!

(If  it's  in the Occasions Mini Catalog...you have until April 30 to order it!)

P.S.  View details of products...or to order...by clicking on the highlighted word.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Deciding on a FREE stamp set!

I really appreciate everyone sharing their suggestions/reasons for different stamps on last week's post.

I hadn't forgotten that many of you expressed interest in knowing which Free stamp set I decided on...for winning Act 2.   I have just recently narrowed my choice down to two sets!

Stamp sets recommended were: (click on each set to view)

      Jayne's Type Alphabet Set               
      Lovely Letters Alphabet Set
      Defining Alphabet Set                        
  *  Define your Life
  #  Word Play                                      
  * Teeny Tiny Wishes
  *  Fifth Avenue Floral                         
  * Curvy Verses
  # Snow Swirled                                    
     Any Alphabet Set

Since I already have the sets marked with an asterisk* ...and I didn't want to get a set I could earn as  free product, on an order...sets marked with # ...I was left with all Alphabet stamps from which to choose.

Since I don't have any alphabet sets...just Timeless Type Dies...I narrowed my choice down to TWO sets:

Defining Alphabet  or  Lovely Letters Alphabet  ...but I still can't make up my mind!   lol

I really like 'Lovely Letters'...it would make such beautiful Monograms......but 'Defining' has both upper and lower case letters...and  it matches the 'Define your Life' stamp set I already have. 

So, once again...I'd like your help!

If you have a recommendation...or a card or project  made with either alphabet set...please leave a comment and/or a link to your blog and project.   I'll check them out.

Thanks for your input! - Micki

P.S. This post updated: June 2011......The wining stamp set was.....Lovely Letters Alphabet!  (click to see set)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Chalk it up to experimenting...

I experimented with Stampin' Pastels (chalks)...and I like how it turned out!
I haven't used my chalks for ages and decided to pull them out and experiment.

The stamped image is from the stamp set called, Happiness Shared...and I used VersaMark ink pad to stamp the image...and the Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery chalks in the Stampin' Pastels set.

                                                                         Created by: Micki Daniel
                                                                     All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011

I used the VersaMark pad to ink up my stamp...and then used my chalks to "color" my image in two different colors, then placed it in the Tulip embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot.


Here is a close up of the embossed boarder...

                                                         Close up of embossing: Created by Micki Daniel
                                                                      All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011

...and a close up of the chalked image:
                                                         Close-up of chalked image: Created by Micki Daniel
                                                                      All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011


'Coloring' with Stampin' Pastels is fun and easy...give it a try today!
P.S. If you want details about the products listed above...just click on the name of the item. You can also
place your order directly from there...and get "preferred pricing"!


Thanks for stopping by the "Avenue". - Micki

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Total Texture...

Here is a card that is actually very simple to make...but has loads of texture and character!

This card front was made from scraps I had left over from other projects.
(Yes, I save my scrap pieces of cardstock and DSP...and now you see why!)

The close-up photo (shown below) gives you a better view of the texture of the card front.
Textured, All Occasion Card created by: Micki Daniel
All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011
Close-up of Textured, All Occasion Card. Created by Micki
All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011



Try using up some of your own scraps to make your own textured card.
To make the card front, I used the following tools to achieve this look:
The Big Shot
Square Lattice Embossing folder
3/4 " circle punch
1 1/4" circle punch
Corner rounder punch

 I punched out various circles from scraps of  Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake card stock...as well as circles from scraps of  Elegant Soiree DSP.    Or use what coordinating cardstock and paper scraps you have.

After arranging the circles in position...I sponged the edges and then glued the small circles onto big ones, and then glued each in place onto the 5 1/4  x  4" Very Vanilla piece of cardstock, using TomBo glue.

I then rounded my corners with the corner rounder punch, and sponged the edges with Crumb Cake.

Then I placed all this into my Square Lattice Embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot.
It came out ready to attach to my Baja Breeze card base.
I used Sticky Strip tape to attach it to base...to keep from flattening the embossed texture.

Stamp your greeting/verse on the inside of card, and you are done!  

I hope you enjoyed this card and that you find the time to make your own version!  - Micki

NOTE:  To purchase items used to make this card...just CLICK on the nameof the item.) 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

"Mystery Card" solved...

Before you read the answer...can you name the 5 different ways I used the Big Shot on this card?

Rich Razzleberry Birthday card: Created by Micki
All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011

Here are some gals that know stamping...and the Big Shot...they guessed all 5 ways I used my Big Shot to create the card!   Congratulations ladies!  
Anne Marie  at  Stampin' Anne
Dale Morin  at  Dale's Designs
   Maria  at  Mayi Cards

(Visit their blogs to see the different ways they use a Big Shot in creating their own projects.)

The 5  different ways I used my Big Shot on this card were...

2.  Embossed the Top Note with the Square Lattice textured Embossing folder
4.  Embossed the flowers with the Finial Press textured Embossing folder
5.  Magnetic Movers and Shapers, Punch Windows Die Set (the larger, scalloped oval)

As Paul Harvey always said, "...and now you know the rest of the story!" 

P.S. Yesterdays comments are now posted!   (I hid all comments until everyone had a chance to guess.)

Have a blessed day...and keep stamping!  - Micki

Friday, March 11, 2011

A 'Mystery Card" using the 'Big Shot'...

Can you list the five (5) different ways I incorporated my "Big Shot" to create this card?

Check it out closely...then enter your guess in the 'comments' section below.

(On Saturday, I'll show all the posts...and feature the names of everyone who guessed all 5 uses.)
Good luck!

Rich Razzleberry B-day card: Created by Micki Daniel
All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011
There are endless ways to use your Big Shot Machine!   What?...You don't have one!?
 Well...just click here to order yours today, and start taking your creativity to a new level!

Have a great (Big Shot) day...and keep stamping! - Micki

Thursday, March 10, 2011

'Mystery Card' for you to solve...

Tomorrow, I will be posting a 'mystery card' that will challenge you!

Everyone will have a chance to solve the mystery...so be sure to stop by the 'Avenue" anytime tomorrow.

On Saturday, I'll be posting the names, along with blogs, of those that figure it out!

See you then.

And keep stamping!- Micki

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Learn new techniques in class...


This card is to show that you can turn ink, card stock, punches, your Big Shot, a stamp and one brad...into: ...a beautiful and unique card!

This is an example of just one type of technique you can learn when you attend my stamping classes! 
   

'Window' *card by Micki Daniel (*retired stamp)
All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011

Start having loads of fun...by learning how to make handmade cards for yourself!
Locate a ©Stampin'Up! demonstrator near you...one who offers  monthly stamping classes.

There are so many fun things you can  make and skills you can learn! 
(And if you live in southern Ohio...'in my neck of the woods'... register for my next monthly class!)

Keep stamping!  - Micki

Monday, March 7, 2011

A "whiff of spring"...

I've a busy week coming up (with my stamp classes)...so I thought I'd share a card I made some time back.
It soooo depicts warm weather, sunshine, blue skies, spring growth...and song birds singing their hearts out! 

I am looking forward to warmer weather!  Hope you enjoy the card...and hang in there...it won't be long now, and we will have the real thing right outside our doors! - Micki


"Springtime Bird" created by Micki
All  Images ©Stampin'Up!2011

To re-create this card, you will need the following SU punches:  Two-step Bird Punch and the Jewelry Tag Punch (for the fence posts)...some card stock (whisper white, ridinghood red and chocolate chip used here), along with some glue, as well as bashful blue classic ink to sponge the sky, ridinghood red ink and soft suede inks for sponging the bird and old olive ink for the grass.
(I cut out  my own 'grass mask'.  I also used it to sponge over the bottom of the 'fence posts'). 

Don't forget the word or phrased greeting! (shown is the retired "Whimsical Words"  ...I would suggest using the current  "Sincere Salutations" ...a beautiful, multi-greeting stamp set.)

I hope you enjoyed this "whiff of spring" ...and that you will try making your very own card!

NOTE:  If you need any of these supplies, just click on the item ...and to order it directly. Quick and Easy!

Keep stamping!  - Micki

Saturday, March 5, 2011

What if ©Stampin' Up! called YOU...

Yes...they called me...

...but what if  YOU  had received the phone call from ©Stampin' Up!

...informing you, that you were a winner for Act II...

...and that you could  CHOOSE  ANY  STAMP set valued at $47.95 or less !

...WHICH  SET  WOULD YOU CHOOSE...and WHY??



Post your choice and your reason for that stamp in "comments".

(Thanks for your input and suggestions in advance!  - Micki)

Friday, March 4, 2011

"Live" butterflies on a handmade card!

That's right!  ..."live", fluttering butterflies...right on the front of a handmade card!

I actually caught these rare butterflies on video...as they sat on my card and fluttered their wings!
(OK,...so they only started fluttering after I gently blew on the card...but I did film their fluttering...)

These delicate, light-as-air, butterflies are actually a "secret type" of tissue paper.
(See the "secret" at bottom of page.)
 I sponge dyed this "secret" tissue paper with Rich Razzleberry classic ink,
then embossed /cut it with the "Beautiful Wings" embosslits die and my Big Shot.

Close-up of "live" butterfly...created by Micki Daniel
All  images ©Stampin'Up! 2011


Would you like to know how to make a handmade card like this? 

"Live" Butterfly card created by Micki Daniel
All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011

First you will need the following items:

white gel pen, snail adhesive, and a Paper Cutter for cutting cardstock...

...PLUS some of the "secret" tissue paper!

Repeatedly stamp your image on white cs ...using VersaMark ink. Emboss with clear embossing powder.
Sponge over each circle with Pretty in Pink ink. Center and stick to top of card base.  Set aside.

Sponge your 'secret' tissue paper with Rich Razzleberry ink, then emboss 6 butterflies.  
Position and attach (two layers per butterfly) to card front by adding a thin strip of Tombo glue.
(Tip: Use a toothpick to apply glue...only along the underneath "belly"! 
After glue dries...add white gel pen "pearls" to top of butterfly body.  Your done!

Now gently blow on front of card and watch your "live" butterflies flutter their wings!

The "secret" tissue paper?...
...it's the Jumbo "end wraps" professional beauty shops use for hair perms. 
 One small box contains 1000 sheets...each sheet is 2 1/2" x 4" in size.

Hope you enjoyed learning how to make a handmade card!
Keep stamping!  - Micki

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thinking of you...

I bet you know someone that could use a little cheering up!

This card just might do the trick...especially with a sweet note written on the inside. 
A double dose of happiness would be if you made this card for them!

It is as easy to make...as it is cheerful.
 
 All you need is:

...the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set.
...the Sincere Salutations stamp set (with 8 greetings).
...some Whisper White and Poppy Parade cardstock.
...an Old Olive marker and the Poppy Parade marker (from 'In-colors' set).
...plus 5 small, self-sticking basic pearls.
...Oh!...don't forget some Snail adhesive ...and the SU Paper Cutter to cut your cardstock.

 (Click on each item, to view a detailed description... or to order online.)

'Thinking of You' created by Micki Daniel
All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011


Close-up view of pearls on 'Thinking of You' card.
created by Micki Daniel  All images ©Stampin'Up! 2011


 I hope you enjoy making and sending this card as much as I did! 

Keep stamping!  - Micki

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

All Occasion card...

Here is a really easy, but cute 4"x4"  All Occasion Card.
It is a great card for making multiples...maybe as a gift-set of boxed, all occasion cards... for a teacher,   friend or for mom on Mother's Day. 

This sample could be for a "guy", and for just about any occasion. (See the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set)
I stamped the greeting with early espresso ink then punched it out and attached with sticky strip.

Change out the greeting...or the Designer Series Paper , the ribbon, or the button embellishment...or change all of them, and you  end up with lots of different looking cards! 

You  get four (4"x4") cards from one sheet of the 12x12  textured, baja breeze card stock...plus a 4x4 piece left over, for punching out or embellishments! 
(Don't forget to order your Snail adhesive, some glue dots and stampin'dimensionals!)





I hope that you will try making your own version of this easy and fun card! 

Keep stamping! - Micki

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My gift to you...simple, springtime hope...

I have been trying new "types" of cards...trying to see if I can keep them "simple"...yet with lots of attraction and character. This is hard for me, as I usually end up adding layers, ribbons, embellishments, etc.

With this card, I wanted to portray the beginning of spring...when everything is still "bleak and bare" ...yet we start to see a spot of color...here and there...bringing us the first gifts of color, after a bleak, cold winter.

If these past wintery months have seemed long to you, I hope spring (and this card) will bring you the 'color of hope' ...back into your world.   - Micki

The 'color 'of  hope...created by Micki Daniel 
http://www.avenueofart.com/
Images ©Stampin'Up! 2011

Created by Micki Daniel  http://www.avenueofart.com/
 Images ©Stampin'Up! 2011 

I used soft suede ink to stamp the girl from the stamp set Easter Blossoms  on whisper white cardstock
 I used the melon mambo and old olive markers to color just the portion of the flowers on the stamp first. ...after I had masked and sponged the 'sky and clouds' with bashful blueGreeting is also from set.

(Yes...I very carefully seperated her little basket...so I could use her both with or without it.)

(Click on the item name, to read a detailed discription of each item used in creating this card...or to order it.)

Visit the 'Avenue' often...and keep stamping!