Beautiful Birthday Handmade Cards

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I am super excited today, as I get to share Three Beautiful Birthday Handmade Cards using my favorite stamp set Timeless Tulips!

The Timeless Tulips Stamp set is really one of my favorites as it helps you make the most beautiful Tulips for your projects! And as you might know Tulips are my favorite flower!! So anytime I use this stamp set I get sooo happy!!

This stamp set has a coordinating punch and so cutting the larger tulips becomes very easy! 

But before we start, please know that today I am participating in a blog hop with a lot of great designers! Our theme today is Birthdays, so if you are looking for Birthday handmade card ideas you are in for a treat!! 

So hop with us and visit all the blogs participating today. I know you will get lots of great ideas and inspiration that you will want to start crafting right away!

So let’s get started!

Three Beautiful Birthday Handmade Cards!

Below you can see the Three Birthday Handmade Cards I designed for this blog hop! 

Are these not adorable? 

And didn’t I told you that the tulips in this stamp set were amazing! you can see that all three of these cards are just gorgeous! (if I say so myself)

Learn how to make beautiful birthday cards using the Timeless Tulips Bundle from Stampin' Up!

For this cards I wanted to use the True Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) which is one of my favorites!  The only colors included in this paper pack are Black and White, making it very versatile as it goes really well with any color!

The Color Combination 

And talking about colors, because I used the True Love DSP, it was super easy to make a color combo this time! I only needed to pick a color for my flowers and instantly I got a gorgeous color combination for my projects today!

Now you might looking a brand new color, in the color Combo, and you are right! The Polish Pink is one of brand new In-Color family that we will have between 2021-2023 when the new catalog is released!! 

Stampin’ Up! released 5 brand new colors each year and these are available for two years, but that also means that with a brand new in-color family, we also get 5 colors retiring every year.. 

But for this post I want to introduce you to the brand new 2021-2023 In-Color family! 

Introducing the NEW 2021-2023 In Color Family

Below you can see the Brand NEW color we are going to have for the next two years!  Are these not beautiful?? 

This year I just loved every single one of them! 

I think that all of these colors are going to coordinate excellent with the other family colors we have! And of course you know I love Purple, so I was EXTREMELY happy to see a purple shade in this selection! 

I was so sad to see Purple Posy retire this year, but all is better now that I have Fresh Freesia! lol.. 

And the best part of getting new new colors, is that we get a new set of brand new products that coordinate with these beautiful colors!

Below you can see how the ink pads, the markers, cardstock and ribbon coordinate beautifully..  I honestly think this is the best feature from Stampin’ Up! products.. I love how well everything color coordinates.

Introducing the brand new 2021-2023In ColorYou cannot see it in the picture, but there are other products available in these new colors, Gems, patterned paper, vellum paper and a set of ombre paper bags.. I know you will love them all!

And if you are loving these colors as much as I am, then you are going to love my brand new In-Color Club that will start in May!!

NEW 2021-2023 In-Color Club!

Sign up for the Brand new 2021-2023 In Color clubThere are lots of perks as part of being in the 2021-2023 In-Color Club!

Being part of this club will help you complete your full collection of new in-colors in 5 months without breaking the piggy bank.

Each month you get:

🌷  All the items in one color,

🌷 A handmade card featuring the color you got 

🍀 Plus a surprise gift from me

At the end of the 5 months you will have completed the full collection of the 2021-2023 In-Color family.  You can read more about this club here. 

Sketches & Other Details 

But back to our beautiful Birthday handmade cards! (since I digressed)

If you can’t tell I am super excited with the new colors, that I couldn’t resist myself and play with at least one of these colors for my cards today! 

And as you know I love using sketches for my cards. I think that this is the easiest way to make cards and to find your creative mojo right away! 

One more thing to note is that for all the tulips I used an easy color technique, so make sure you watch the video tutorial in this post to learn how to add even more depth to your tulips, making them look even better!

Birthday Card #1

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This first sketch has become one of my favorites and I am sure you might have noted that I have been using it more and more lately.. I just love how easy this sketch is for mixing and matching DSP.. So I have been enjoying using this sketch to use more and more of my DSP. 

Let’s be real, how much paper do you have??? If you are like me, you might have full boxes (😅 yes plural!) of patterned paper, and if that is the case, then using an sketch like this is the best to use as much as we can.. 

After all, you know you will keep buying more paper, the minute you see brand new paper being released from Stampin’ Up! next May 4th??? right?? lol 

Never in our lives would we say, I won’t buy more paper because I have enough!  So let’s use it! 

Plus when you use DSP in your cards, the whole process becomes so much easier, as you are letting the paper do the work for you! Boom! mic drop! 🤣

Birthday Card #2

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For this second card, I want to point out that I embossed the basic white cardstock in the background, as this would add so much mode texture and dimension, so consider doing this when you can plain cardstock as one of your layers.. you will see how your card looks even more professional or with a nice finished touch. 

Now did you notice that in all cards, I used a double bow? Oh my gosh! I have been liking this particular detail in cards I have been finding online! ooh and I just wanted to give it a try.. 

Don’t you think it looks even nicer? Now I know a bow is already challenging, and now two? i know.. but trust me, just have a bit of patience when you are making them.. you will see is not that bad or that hard. 

Birthday Card #3

                 Learn how to make beautiful birthday cards using the Timeless Tulips Bundle from Stampin' Up!

And for this card, I actually was inspired by a card my fellow demonstrator Antonette Bay from The Paper Papillon shared in Pinterest.. 

I was browsing thru Pinterest when I came across her card and fell in love with her layout.. She used the same stamp se, however her colors were different. If my memory doesn’t fail me, she used Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride and White.  

So the sketch I am sharing today is coming from that card.  

Shifting the background papers has also become somewhat popular in my cards, as of late.. I just love how making this small change makes so much of a difference in the looks of the layers.. 

The Video Tutorial

And as usual here is the video tutorial where I share how to make these cards step by step.

On this video I also share an easy technique for adding more depth to the Tulips when you stamp them, so make sure you check that out. I also provide two other color combinations using the brand new in-colors, so you can see more looks for this tulips. 

And you can see how easy it was doing the double bows for these cards. 

If you want to get any of the products I am sharing in the video, you can see below the full Supply List which will provide the links to my store where you can purchase all of these items!  I appreciate your support..

By the way when you purchase using the monthly host code, you get my customer appreciate gift..  

For April 2021, orders that are $50 USD  will get  the crinkled seam binding ribbon, which is the one I am using in these cards.  Orders that are $100 will get the ribbon plus one FREE Tutorial from my online store (value up to $20). And orders of $150, please do not use the host code as you will get the host rewards from Stampin’ Up! as well as my gifts. 

Remember to qualify you need to use the monthly host code that you see on right hand side in my blog and on my weekly emails..  Host code for April 2021 it is D2BW3YY3

 

More Card Samples using the Timeless Tulips 

If you love the Timeless Tulips stamp set as much as I do, and want to see even more card ideas, then check out these posts where I have shared more card ideas with this set!     

Click on the pictures to see the post and video tutorial for all of these. 

     how to make easy birthday cards with the same supplies     Three easy Mother's day handmade card ideas     Birthday card using Timeless Tulips stamp set from Stampin' Up!

 

Fun Fold Card Class featuring the Timeless Tulips bundle

And if you liked this stamp set, and you love making fun fold cards, then make sure you check out this card class tutorial.

This class features the Timeless Tulips bundle!  and it includes 6 unique fun folds that are easy to make and follow. Once you learn how easy these are, you will be making tons of these with any other set or paper that you have.

You’ll get three more color combinations for your tulips, to get that beautiful look that make them look as if the tulips were real..  I know you will love all the cards  included in this class!   You can check this class in my PDF Store here

Like I said the Timeless Tulips is one of my favorite sets!!

Blog Hop Line Up

As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog, today I am participating in a blog hop, and so below you will see the full line up of all participating blogs. 

You can go to the next post by clicking the button below or by clicking on the links below. 

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Angie McKenzie  ●  Leonie Stuart  ●  Alejandra Gomez

 Danielle Kassing  ●  Annette Ball  ●  Kirstie Pattrick

Linda Moore  ● Mo Rootes  ●  Libby Fens

Tricia Butts  ●  Jan Musselman  ●  Aurélie Fabre

Narelle Fasulo  ●  Sandra Mastello  ●  Karen Henderson

  Susan Simpson  ●  Susan Webster  ●  Melissa Faust

JoAnn Pollock  ●  Gez Carpenter  ●  Jo Blackman

Jill Chapman  ●  Rochelle Laird-Smith  ●  Melissa Gifford

Terry Hamilton  ●  Deb Macdowell  ●  Satomi Wellard

Shel Anderson  ●  Elaine de Montmorency  ●  Ann Krucek 

Chris Smith  ●  Cheryl Hamilton  ●  Teri West

 

The Supply List

You can see below the full list of Items I used to make these cards, if you click on the images below it will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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Three Easy Card Ideas with the Hydrangea Hill Suite

Looking for card ideas with the Hydrangea Hill Suite from Stampin’ Up? look no more, as I am sharing with you three easy card ides that you will want to recreate right away!

The Hydrangea Hill Suite is such a beautiful suite.. mainly because it is all purple! and if you know me, you know I love purple!! So I couldn’t be more excited when I saw this whole collection. 

The sad part is that at the time I am posting these ideas the Purple Posy has already retired, but I now that one of the coming colors will go really well with this suite! So fear no more.. you will be able to make beautiful cards if you used the newest color being released in May 2021.. 

Learn how to make three easy cards using the Hydrangea Hill Suite from Stampin' Up!

Another thing to know is that for these cards I wanted to share card ideas using the Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass Designer Acetate. This specialty paper is like a window sheet, but has a metallic look. And in this pack it comes in Pink and Purple! 

Color Combination

Anyway, as you can imagine I used the designer series paper as the inspiration for the color combination, which you can see below. 

This is the easiest way to put together color combinations that you know will look great. If you are ever struggling with color ideas, give this a try. I am sure you will see how easy this is! 

The Sketches & Other Details 

And as usual I am sharing with you the sketches I used to come up with this cards, you can see all are very simple. The focal point is really what make these cards to pop up, which as you can see it is a Hydrangea flower. 

You can watch the video tutorial below, where you can see exactly how I made this flower. Once you make a few, then it is just matter of adapting them to your sketches to come up with beautiful cards. 

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And I added an addition card here as a bonus.. this was was super easy as well to make.. you can see that it is just matter to embellish the circle of this card with little flowers that come from the die set from the Hydrangea Haven Bundle. 

Learn how to make three easy cards using the Hydrangea Hill Suite from Stampin' Up!

The Video Tutorial 

As always here is the video tutorial where you can see step by step how to make these cards. I go over measurements as well as how to put together these flowers. You will see all of these are super easy to make. 

The Supply List

You can see below the full list of Items I used to make these cards, if you click on the images below it will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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Butterfly Brilliance Bundle for an easy Thank You Card

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Are you looking for card ideas using the Butterfly Brilliance bundle? Well my friend, then you are going to enjoy today’s share.. As I am going to share with you a Thank you card that is very easy to make using the Butterfly Brilliance bundle from Stampin Up!

But what is even better is that this post is part of an International Blog Hop where my follow demonstrators around the globe will be sharing even more project ideas using this bundle. So make sure you hop around with us and visit all the blogs participating in today’s blog hop. I know you will get a ton of inspiration and will have a lot of ideas to keep you crafting with this amazing bundle.

So let’s get started shall we?

Thank You Card.

For my project today I wanted to use the dies from the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle, mainly because I love the ones with the details!

Also these dies are stand alone dies, meaning you can use them as the embellishments. And if you know me, you know I love to use the dies to embellish my cards! So any time there are stand alone dies, I am all over them! 

How to make a quick and easy thank you card using the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle from Stampin' Up!

From my card you will see that I used the Flower for every Seasons designer series paper (DSP), as this one has so many flowers in their patters.. And I believe these butterflies would go perfectly with any of the designs in this pack! Don’t you agree?

After all we see butterflies in flower beds.. right?

Color Combination 

As far as the color combo for my card, I mainly used the colors in the DSP as inspiration.. You know I love to see at the designs in the DSP’s and pick from there a color combo from my cards. 

I love doing this and today was not the exception.. If you ever struggle with color combinations, give it a try, you will see how easy this goes. 

Because I am using Stampin’ Up! products, the task to mix and match becomes so easy, as all their products color coordinate beautifully. So once I have decided the color combo, then it is just matter to pull my cardstock, embellishments and ink in the same colors to have everything coordinate. 

Like I said, this becomes so much easy, when the products color coordinate.  Do you agree?

The Sketch 

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As usual, I used an sketch to come up with my card, here is the sketch I used!

I changed the teal circles for the butterflies, which you can change for anything you want! This is the part where you should have fun and change it to whatever you want. You can use flowers, or any other shape your heart desires. 

This is why I love using sketches as they really provide me with a visual inspiration that I can change in so many ways.. Just give it a try! Challenge yourself to use one sketch to come up with 5 different cards. You will see how little by little your mind starts getting creative as you try to change things around..

If you give it a try, please let me know how you liked the experience and if you found it helpful..

I always love to hear what you think of sketches and if you found them helpful to create your cards. 

Other Card Details 

As mentioned I wanted to use the Flowers for Every Season DSP, but in all honesty, this paper pack is soon retiring, and so I was playing with the scraps I have left over in this pack. 

And while looking at the scraps I realized I had the Piece of DSP with the circle in the middle, so I just cut this piece to fit the card.  I also cut a piece of the flower pattern to fit underneath. and then I cut two other strips of the bumblebee DSP to add to the borders.. all of this was really just using scraps from this pack!

Do you save your scraps? I definitely do, but I also love to go over the scraps and see how to use them in cards, rather than cutting a brand new sheet.. 😁

And for the butterflies, I actually die cut them in Basic White cardstock, and then I used the wink of stella to add the shimmery look in all the butterflies. I then glue them with the glue dots just in the body section of them. And to finish them up, I added the gold glimmer enamel dots in its body. 

As far as the sentiment, you can see that the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle does not have sentiments, so you can use anything you already have. In my case I used the sentiment from the Prized Peony stamp set. 

Once I stamped the sentiment in a strip of Bumblebee cardstock, I punched out the ends with tailored tag punch to make the banner shape. This is by far my favorite punch ever! I think it makes it so easy to create banners in so many sizes! 

Want to see more samples? 

Click on the images below to see a few other samples I have shared using this Bundle. Please note that the DSP that coordinated with suite has sold out, however you can recreate these cards with the stamp set and other designer series paper packs, like I did on the card I shared today. 

Finally, If you want to get any of the items I am used to make the card I shared today, scroll down this post to see the supply list. I listed all items I used with the links to my store, so you can easily purchase them. 😁 Also note that the DSP I used today is at a discount and it will soon retire, so grab it while you can still can!  As always, I appreciate your support! 

The Blog Hop Line-Up! 

And if you want to see even more samples, then make sure you visit all the participating blogs on this blog hop! I am sure you will enjoy it!

Below you will see the full list of designers participating in this blog hop! I know you will enjoy visiting them while you get lots of ideas and inspiration! 



The Supply List

You can see below the full list of Items I used to make these cards, if you click on the images below it will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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Kangaroo & Company Bundle and a challenge PP534

Dropping a quick post to share a cute card I made today using the Kangaroo & Company bundle from Stampin’ Up! 

Not sure if you know this from me, but ever since the beginning of the quarantine, I started waking up earlier to spend some time in my craft room before the kiddos wake up.

I did this mainly to maintain myself calm, positive and sane.. 

I definitely believe that crafting has been the one thing that helped me remain positive, despite all going on.. 

Anyhow… The kiddos went back to school and I am still crafting in the morning after they go to school and before I go to work.. So I have about 45min – 1h for crafting time.. which I love..

And today I happened to find an online challenge that shared a sketch, and I just couldn’t resist it!! 

I had to pull my supplies and work on that sketch.. specially because this was a brand new sketch to me! Plus I have been working on a few Kangaroos during the weekend and had a few of these left over. So I new this sketch would work perfect to use one of these kangaroos!

The Sketch

Here is the sketch shared in The Paper Players Challenge – PP534 by my fellow Stampin’ Up demonstrator Anne Marie Hile, who makes the most adorable cards. And looking at the sketch, I can see why.. 

Her sketch is just fun to play with and it offers lots of options for you to change!! I am sure I will be using this one again and again!  

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Friendship Handmade Card

As I mentioned at the beginning I wanted to showcase the Kangaroo & Company Bundle on this card, since I have been playing with this cute set during the weekend.

So here is my card! 

Cute Friendship handmade card using the Kangaroo & Company Bundle from Stampin' Up!

Isn’t this kangaroo adorable? I just love her.. 

A few details here.. The Kangaroo was stamped in Cinnamon Cider cardstock using the memento ink pad, and I added a few highlights to the body, to give her dimension. 

The Kangaroo & Company Bundle comes with the stamp set and the die set, so cutting the kangaroo is very easy.

Another thing to point out is that the Kangaroo die makes a cut in her belly, so you can add cute elements to her belly; like I did with the envelope. 

The stamp set has a joey (baby kangaroo) that you can also add in her pouch!  I think that would look really nice on the card as well. 

But in my case I really wanted to have a just because card, so this is why I added an envelope instead.

The designer series paper I used is the one from the Snail Mail suite. Also I cut the rectangles in this card using the rectangles dies. This made this card so easy to put together. 

Another tip to note is that I embossed the basic white cardstock, which added texture to the card. and to finish off I added the hearts embellishments as well as a little bow using the twine from the snail mail twine pack. 

Color Combination 

Since I wanted to use the Snail Mail Designer Series Paper (DSP), I decided to use the following color combination. 

As you will see the color combo came from the sheet/patterns I want to use for my card as well as the kangaroo. 

Measurements 

Bellow you will find listed the measurements I used for this card.  However, you can modify it to get other looks as well. 

  • Card base: Real Red 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Blushing Bride  4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Card Front – Basic White 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″
  • DSP (pink pattern) – 1″ x 3 7/8″
  • Banner – Real Red 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
  • Scraps to die cut: Blushing Bride, Basic White, and Cinnamon Cider cardstock, DSP heart pattern

Final Thoughts 

Hopefully you have enjoyed the card I shared today. Even better, hope you got inspired to create a card as well.. 

If you ever struggle with card ideas, try using challenges to help you get creative. It always helps me a lot!!

One of the things I enjoy doing is using the same sketch and see how I can change it over and over again. This always helps me get even more card ideas.. some times I use the same suite but change patterns or change the elements. For instance you can use DSP where you use Cardstock and vice versa. 

You can check this post where I shared 11 cards using one sketch as inspiration. Or you can read this post where I shared how to make two cards using the same elements but changing the DSP and the Cardstock.  

So give it a try..  Would love to hear how you like using sketches! 

The Supply List

You can see below the full list of Items I used to make these cards, if you click on the images below it will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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Three Cute Easter Card Ideas

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Are you looking for cute Easter card ideas to make? if so, keep reading, as today I am sharing three super cute Easter cards that you will want to make right away.

Not to mention that soon it will be Easter, so you will see these are super easy to make, so you still have time to make them and mail them in time! 

But before we start, please know that today I am participating on a blog hope that will inspire you to craft this weekend, so make sure you visit all the participating blogs! As I know you will really enjoy seeing all the projects!

All right, so let’s get starting! 

Cute Easter Card Ideas to make!

Since we are making cards for Easter, I thought the Springtime Joy stamp set would go perfect! 

I love the little bunny included in this set, and I just couldn’t resist using her on all the cards.. Not to mention this image is very easy to color if you make them white bunnies like I did 🙂

Three Cute Easter Card Ideas with the Springtime Joy Stamp set from Stampin' Up!

As you can see these cards featured mainly the designer series paper and the bunny image with a sentiment. Like I said it was pretty easy to put together these cards. 

Color Combination 

Once I had decided on the stamp set to use, I started brainstorming on the color combination to use.. I wanted to use the Rococo Rose pattern from the Love you always specialty paper pack, so I needed to have a color that would go well with it. So I thought that shades of Grey would well with it.. 

This is where the Peony Garden designer series paper came in mind.. and I picked the Smoky Slate color, since I loved how the pattern on this paper coordinated with the Rococo Rose design. 

Sketches and Other Details 

For these cards I actually used the layouts from previous cards as inspiration.. If you took my Card Making Made Easy Workshop you know that this is the first step I show you.. Select a few cards that you like and define what you liked from them, so you can create brand new cards..  And this is exactly what I did for these cards! 

Handmade Card #1

Here is the card I used for inspiration on my card.  You can see that I use exactly the same layout!  I just changed the paper and texture. For instance in the card on the left (pink/blue) the card has embossed cardstock on the two layers, and on the second card, I used instead patterned paper. 

Also the sentiment on the first card is on a designer series paper, and on the second one it is on cardstock. So you can see how one card will help you get another card, that looks totally different.. right?

How to make Birthday handmade cards using patterned paper      Three Cute Easter Card Ideas with the Springtime Joy Stamp set from Stampin' Up!

If you are interested in seeing more details about the inspiration card you can find more information in this post. This post is about birthday cards using patterned paper.

Handmade Card #2

For the second card you can see the inspiration below.. 

Learn to make your own designer series paper to make these cute Birthday cards      Three Cute Easter Card Ideas with the Springtime Joy Stamp set from Stampin' Up!

The inspiration card is a card I made recently where I share how to make your own designer series paper using stamps. I loved so much the layout, that I wanted to make it again, however you can see I changed the shape for the sentiment and I made a larger banner to go underneath it. Plus I added a bow.. 

Again think of ways you can change the layouts when using a past card for inspiration.. 

You can read more about the inspiration card on this post, where I shared how to make three cheerful birthday cards from the patterned paper you create with stamps.

Handmade Card #3

And for the third card you can see the inspiration card I used.. This is one of my favorite cards I made using the Forever Fern Suite!

How to come up with card ideas easy      Three Cute Easter Card Ideas with the Springtime Joy Stamp set from Stampin' Up!

I love the texture on this card and the balance between cardstock and designer series paper. 

Being very honest here, I used this specific layout mainly because I had a smaller scrap of the specialty paper, and I new this particular layout was perfect for it.. not to mention I would recreate the same layout as one of my favorite cards.. 

If you are like me and love the Forever Fern suite, then check out this post, as I share three easy cards using this suite! I know you will love them too! 

Sketches

And here are the sketches I made from the inspiration cards, if you want to use them for future reference  😉

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Sketches to play

The Video Tutorial 

And as usual you can watch the full video tutorial below, where I go into detail about how to color the bunny with the stampin blends. I provide some tips about how to make the images finished even when they are all white, as well as how to add those cute cheeks on the white image. Not to mention I provide all the measurements in the video tutorial. 

If you want to purchase any of the items I am using to make these cards, you will find a full supply list of items below.  If you click at any of these images, it will take you to my online store where you can buy these items. 

Also if you have any questions, post it on the comments, I will go back and reply 😊

The Blog Hop Line Up!

Make sure you visit all the blogs participating in this blog hop! I know you will get lots of ideas and inspiration to keep you crafting.. 

below you will find the full line up. 

The Supply List

You can see below the full list of Items I used to make these cards, if you click on the images below it will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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Handmade Cards for your Friends

Ever wanted to come up with handmade cards for your friends, but then felt frustrated as you couldn’t come up with a card to make? Well my friend, today I will share with you how you can overcome this by following a challenge.

More specifically a color combination challenge, which is the theme of today’s Crafty Challenge blog hop. 

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So make sure you follow along and hop with us to see all the participating blogs’ projects. I am sure that when you see what we all created for this challenge, you will get lots and lots of ideas and inspiration to make handmade cards for your friends! 

Plus you know I love a good challenge, and sketches and color combinations are always calling my name!  So I am super excited to share with you the cards I made for this challenge. 

Let’s get started!

Handmade Cards for your Friends 

Whenever you feel like you can’t figure out where to start when making a card, try to look for a challenge. There are multiple challenges and these always give you an idea of where to start. 

In this case, I use the color challenge provided by Stefanie from The Crafty Medic, which you can see below 

Once I see the color combination, I usually go and look for patterned paper in these colors, as well as the cardstock. Plus I like to add some basic colors, like Basic White as well as maybe a specialty color that could go well with it, or that I can use for embellishments. 

In this case, I thought that silver would go really well with the color combo. Not to mention, that doing this helps me as well to pick gems or ribbon to go with my cards. 

Stamp sets

Once I have the patterned paper, cardstock and embellishments I want to use, I look for a stamp set to coordinate.

I will be very honest, it seems like a lot of the times I go for flowers, but you can be picking so many other sets, specially like patterns or something more generic that could go in any color.  Additionally, I love to select sentiment sets, to have extra sentiments for my cards either to go for the inside or as the focal point itself. 

And once I have defined the stamp set, then I just start playing with sketches and the products I selected.. At this point making cards, end up being super easy. 

For these cards, here are the stamp sets I selected: 

  1. Pretty Perennials
  2. Fancy Phrases 
  3. Floral Essence 
  4. Happy Thoughts 
  5. So Sentimental 

Finished Cards, Sketches and other details 

So here you have all the cards I have made for this challenge, what do you think? 

All look different and each has a different theme, but all are perfect as handmade cards for your friends, don’t you think? 

Using Color combination challenges when making handmade cards for your friends

 

Handmade Card #1

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For this first card, I used the designer series paper from the Dandy Garden Suite for a strip in the card as well as for the envelope.  I don’t think I share a lot of cards where I have embellished the envelope, but I can honestly say that this makes a card looks even more professional and as a part of a card set. Little details as this will always help you make cards look even better.. 

Also note that I used the flowers from the pretty perennials to make my own designer series paper, in the colors that were provided. If you want to learn more about how to make your own patterned paper with stamps, you can read to this post, where I actually provided lots of tips using this same stamp set, but in different colors. So you can get even more ideas for this set in other colors while making your own designer series paper. 

The sentiment was stamped in a circle from the stitched shapes dies and a little banner, using the same stamp set. And for the bow, I used the metallic edge ribbon (silver) which is white and would complement the card beautifully. 

Handmade Card # 2

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For this card, I decided to make another stamped background using the Fancy Phrases. I used the larger of the flowers, but I rotated the image as I stamped it. And to finish this card off, I embossed it  using the subtle embossing folder. 

The sentiment came from the So Sentimental stamp set, and I used the dies from this bundle to make the labels for the sentiment. 

Finally, please note that I colored the same ribbon I used in the previous card with the stamping blends. This allowed me to have the ribbon in the same color as the label. In this case it was Misty Moonlight. 

I love to do this as it helps me get all the elements in my card color coordinate, making even easier putting cards together! 

You can see another card example using this same stamp set in another blue card in this post, however this time, I did a watercolor pattern using the Aqua painters. So you can think of other ways to make your backgrounds while playing with the same supplies. 

Handmade Card # 3

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For this card I used the Night of Navy sheet from the designer series paper in the Neutral pack. Having the paper packs in the family colors always helps me for color challenges, specially if I don’t have a paper pack using the colors needed for the color combo challenge. 

So it is always a great idea to have the family color paper packs as you can use them for random color combinations you want to try.

As far as the layout, it seems like lately, I have been loving shifting the layers in an angle, so I can see a little bit more from the layers in the card. Give it a try, it changes the looks an I think it makes it look even trendier. 

Anyway for this one I use the flowers from the Floral Essence as the embellishment of my card, plus these flowers added dimension to the card, as you can curled them before gluing them out.  And for the bow, I used the white backer’s twine from the snail mail twine combo pack. 

The sentiment came from the Happy Thoughts stamp set, and the labels came from the hippo & friends dies. 

Handmade Card # 4

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And for this final card, you can see I only used the one color – Misty Moonlight with Basic White. If you are starting out, and feel intimidated by the color combination, you can always dial down and use one color with a neutral color.  

And when you do this, then you just pull cardstock and embellishments in the one color, in this case I use the Misty Moonlight for the cardstock, the designer series paper as well as the ribbon..  Color coordination for your projects always makes it easy to put the cards together, plus you will see they look amazing every single time! 

The Designer series paper I used is the one from the Dandy Garden Suite and the sentiment came from the So sentimental stamp set! 

If you want to see more Thank you cards with the Dandy Garden Suite, you can see this post. These ones are using the Green and Yellow patterns. 

Final Thoughts

Hope you have enjoyed all the projects using the color combination from this challenge. I shared with you different ways to use this color combination in your cards. So next time you are struggling with finding where to start making cards, give it a try  and play with color combination challenges.. Just look for a color combo and start making cards.. 

I try to put color combinations in my blog posts, so you can use any of these to start the process..  

Finally, If you want to get any of the items I am showing in my cards, you can get them at my store, so make sure you see the full supply list below. When you click to any of the images, it will take you to my store where you can purchase any of the Stampin’ Up! supplies.. I really appreciate your support 🥰

The Blog Hop Line Up

And as mentioned at the beginning, this post is part of a blog hop, so make sure you visit all participating blogs.

I know you will get lots of ideas for your next handmade card for your friends! 

See below the full line up! 

The Supply List

You can see below the full list of Items I used to make these cards, if you click on the images below it will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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