Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Basic plain cards.......STAMP them UP!!!!

Over the years, I have found a deal on little notecard sets.  GREAT!  I love a bargain.  Once I started stamping and making my own cards, I never could send these cards out, they are so plain....and boring.  
Don't toss those cards....and certainly don't send out boring cards.  It's time to get inky!!!!!  Grab some of your favorite stamp sets and stamp on those cards!  Add some embellishments.  Make them YOUR own!  This is what I did with these Thank You notecards that I bought awhile back on clearance. 

I used my Bella and Friends stamp to add an image and add some sequin to give the card just a little bling.  I wanted to keep these cards on the simple side because these would be going in the mail (the flatter the better to mail!).


Stamping on the inside of the card makes it even more special.  
I picked an ink color that I thought looked good with the blue notecards.  Get creative!  You can even emboss your image on the card for more texture and dimension!

I decided to play with some washi tape too.  




This was one of my favorite ones, using the washi as a ribbon on a card is a great way to add interest to the card while still keeping it flat to mail it.  I love to stamp a little something on the envelope as well. 
What do you think of these notecards?  What are your favorite embellishments to use on cards that are mailed?
Leave me a comment!
Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle

Monday, September 12, 2016

Stampin' Up Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp and Punch- fun cards and Halloween gift box ideas

I love Halloween!  LOVE it!!!  Of course, I had to get the new Halloween Cookie Cutter stamp and Punch set.  One of the best things about this set is that the punch also matches a Christmas set! I love products that I can use for multiple purposes.  
So Let me show of some cute cards I made with this set.

The first card I made is a tri fold card.  Now this seems fancy right??  The easiest way to put a tri fold card together is simple: make two regular card bases, and glue them together to make a tri fold.  I didn't take pictures of that because there are tons of videos on you tube and other places of how to do it.  Very easy!
The card bases I used here are actually from an older set of watercolor note cards.  They are an older set from Stampin' Up but I had them on my shelf and thought this was the perfect time to challenge myself to use them.  After all, I bought them...need to use them!!!  This is the second "page" of the tri fold card.

This is the third "page" of the tri fold card, where I would write my note at.  I love to stamp the inside of my cards with a little sometimes.  This is a great time for me to get out all my stamps I have hoarded (yes, hoarded, I admit it....I've okay with it ;) )  and use them.  I also like to stamp my envelopes too.  I find that I need to do them AS I make the cards or I forget to do them or don't have the time to do it when I am ready to send out the card.  A fun card.  I love the mummy in this set.  I think it's my favorite.....until I work with the next image and then IT'S my favorite!  I've seen a card where the designer took the mummy image and used in it a bed for a Get Well Soon card.  I thought that was brilliant!!!















This next card is using the skeleton guy from the same Cookie Cutter Halloween set.  Isn't he cute?  I used another card base from the watercolor card set, I thought the colors was divine! 
 I used some washi and sequin to make this quick card.  


The next project I used this set on is for some treat boxes.  I want to put some heresy kisses in the treat boxes and give them out to a couple of coworkers and friends. The treat box die is from Lawn Fawn.  I used the stamp set on the tag.  But used lots of goodies on these: washi, ribbon, old Halloween DSP, glimmer paper!  Fun!!!


Notice the little bow tie?  It is part of the punch set.  I love the bow tie cut out in glimmer paper!










This stamp set is a lot of fun to play with!  I couldn't put it down!!  
Thanks for stopping by and see my links for any products used in this post.
Michelle!!!

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