Today I have a card I wanted to share with you that I created using all Stampin’ Up! products – and as I share it with you, I thought I’d do something I haven’t done in a long time – a photo tutorial showing some of the key steps in making this card.

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When I first became a card maker I struggled with finding inspiration for my cards, and struggled with getting in a creative “flow”.  Those of you who knew me back then know that my blog tagline was “simple stamping for the creatively challenged” because I felt as though I was creatively challenged.  In my quest to develop my creative “muscles” I used to spend a lot of time “CASEing” cards (acronym for Copy and Share Everything). After awhile, I continued to share cards that I had CASEd because I found that as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator it was a good way to demonstrate how to adapt the projects that I saw out there on the blogosphere to my Stampin’ Up! products (at that time I was SUO – meaning I only created with Stampin’ Up! products). I thought I’d revisit that with today’s card.

The inspiration for today’s card came from Maille Bells (a favourite blogger of mine).  You can see her card below, and link to the original post here.

Maille Bells You + Me Card

Some of the things I love about Maille Bells is her use of white space, the little embellishments she incorporates on her cards, and how she often adds dimension by popping up panels.

To create my card, the first thing I did was to stick a 1″ x 5 1/2″ strip of Crisp Cantaloupe DP along the bottom of a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Crisp Cataloupe CS card using regular double sided adhesive (like SNAIL adhesive).

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The second thing I did was to to stamp my sentiment onto the 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Whisper White Cardstock panel using my Stamp-a-ma-jig (a must have tool IMHO). The sentiment comes from Stampin’ Up!’s Million and One stamp set.

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Once my image was stamped I gave it a quick shot of heat with my heat tool to ensure my ink was completely dry and set.  I then placed Stampin’ Dimensionals on my card front as shown in the photo below.

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I stuck my Whisper White stamped CS panel onto my card front so that it was about 1/8″ down from the top edge of my card. Love the dimension this creates!

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My final step was to embellish using some of Stampin’ Up!’s Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Designer Subtles buttons and In Color Boutique Details embellishments.

I’ve linked to all the supplies I used in the Canadian SU store for your convenience.  Please note that in order to purchase Stampin’ Up! products you need to find a demonstrator in your area by visiting www.stampinup.com.

All in all, a quick and easy card with a very clean and graphic feel.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, I’d very much love it if you’d leave a comment (things have felt a little quite around here lately *wink*)

An Update on my Blog Re-design and a *NEW* Stampin’ Up! Section to my blog

I also wanted to take a minute to update you all on my blog re-design, and in particular – for those of you that are still following me from my Stampin’ Up! days – the new Stampin’ Up! Section of my blog. I ended up changing my blog design yet again as I didn’t like the last change I made – it was too…..I don’t know, plain for me. So I created a banner, buttons etc with a more artsy feel – in keeping with my love of art journaling, mixed media etc.  For the moment, I love it, but who knows – that may change – so don’t be surprised if you see it change again.

On a similar note – when I first talked about re-designing my blog, I talked about creating a separate Stampin’ Up! section for all my SU-related projects. A place where I could archive all my past Stampin’ Up! projects as well as add new Stampin’ Up! projects to it.  So – if you look at my top navigation bar (the “menu”) you’ll notice that there is a link called Stampin’ Up! Projects & Tutorials.  If you click on that link you should see something familiar – I kept the old Sunny Stampin’ Blog Design since that is what most of you are familiar with. Now, I am exploring the possibility of an RSS feed directly to that section – I don’t know if it’s possible, but I’ll keep you posted if I can do it.  In the meantime, for a quick and easy way to jump to my SU projects you can use that link. We’re still working on categorizing all my posts (over 1000 since I started blogging) – and tagging the ones that are SU – so that will still probably take a few weeks.

I would however encourage you to just continue to visit the main www.andreawalford.com blog as I’m going to be adding some new features – that although not SU-specific – you may find interesting. Things like Digital Scrapbooking, Art Journaling and Mixed Media how-to’s etc.

That’s it for now!