Stampin’ Dreams Blog hop – Case a card

Stampin Dreams Blog Hop

Hi there!!! – Here we go again, it’s me participating in the Stampin’ Dreams blog hop for January!! make sure you hop with us as you will get lots of inspiration as you visit all participating blogs!!

I know it seems like lately I am participating in a lot of blog hops, but honestly I have fun at these and I get lots of inspiration when I play with them.

Also being very honest, I have my new resolution for 2020 that I need to step up on my blog and be more consistent with posting my cards in my blog. 

Committing to the blog hops keeps my behind on task.  It forces me to write even when I don’t feel like doing so to meet the deadline and therefore it helps me with consistency and accountability. 

Don’t get me wrong, I create cards on a regular basis, and in fact I share lots and lots of ideas on my Facebook page but I know I can do way better if I share those ideas as well in my blog!! what do you think?

What do you do to keep yourself on track on your NEW YEAR resolutions? for me is commitment with others..  It always force me to do better as I know others are counting on me and I definitely don’t want to let them down.

Blog Hop Theme – CASE a card!

OK, so back to our card project!!! The theme for this blog hop is actually CASE a card.  If you are not familiar with this term, let me explain it a bit. 

CASE means Copy and Share Everything! To be honest this is my favorite way to design cards! there are so many ways to CASE that I can go on and on for hours, but today I want to share with you one way I design my cards using patterned paper and CASE-ing (is that a word??? 🙄 )

Designing your cards with patterned paper 

This post has excellent ideas on how to design easy cards using patterned paper

For my cards today, I want to show you a quick an easy way to come up with your ideas with the CASE method. 

This was the idea I found on Pinterest to come up with the projects shown on my postFirst you find an idea for inspiration, in my case I found this Pin on Pinterest.  

Then, you see the elements that you like in the idea you are using for inspiration. 

In this case, I loved the layout and the fact that it was a card set. I also loved the use of designer series paper (DSP) for the background and the focal point. 

Finally, I loved how easy and simple these cards looked.  So when I decided this was the idea I wanted to CASE, I created an sketch to follow for my cards. 

 

The Sketch!!

Below is the sketch that follows the basic elements on the cards from the pin I wanted to CASE. 

Please note: I do not add all the elements from the card into the sketch, as you want to have a simple sketch to stretch your creativity, by thinking how you can play with it, how you can change it, or how you can exchange elements.

Sketch from Allie # 5

Having a sketch always helps you to follow a layout for a card. Additionally, it helps you to focus on the products you want to use.  I tend to do this a lot, to avoid copying exactly the same design.

You see, when you are watching the original card it sometimes can overwhelm you, thinking you might not have some elements on the collection of items you want to use to replace the ones you see in the card you are casing.

 Therefore, having a sketch takes that noise away, as a result you can think of what you have from the collection of products you want to use into your card. 

For example, the cards on the pin used linen thread under the circle, and in my case, I did not  add this to the sketch.  Similarly, you can see that for the sentiment, I added a banner on the sketch, however the cards on the pin do not have banners for the sentiment. 

Different sources to help you design your cards 

Since we have been talking about getting card ideas for you to CASE, I thought it would be helpful to share a list of sources you can use.

  • Old cards you have made in the past 
  • Stampin’ Up! catalogs (past or current)
  • Card magazines
  • Pinterest 
  • Sketches 

Additionally think of other ways you can CASE, in these cards, I used the layout for inspiration and that is what I copied for my cards. However, you can copy other things when CASE-ing.

The following ideas might be something to consider when designing your cards and CASE-ing. 

  • Color combos you liked 
  • Layout – as shown on these cards
  • Copy the same card, but change the colors or stamp set
  • Rotate the layout – if the card was made horizontal, try to make it vertical
  • Make the same card using another patterned paper collection 

I am sure these ideas will help you get your mind thinking on other ways you can design cards and make it easy, while getting a lot of sources to get lots of inspiration. 

Products used in these cards 

This post has excellent ideas on how to design easy cards using patterned paper This post has excellent ideas on how to design easy cards using patterned paper This post has excellent ideas on how to design easy cards using patterned paper

 

 

 

 

 

In the cards I am showing today, I wanted to focus on the Bird Ballard Suite from Stampin’ Up!, as I adore the designer series paper (DSP) and stamp set included in this collection. I then used the Follow your Art embellishment kit to compliment the cards. 

As usual, I looked at the back of the patterned paper pack (DSP) to get the color combo for my cards. This is the number one tip I can give you if you struggle with color combinations. Believe me, it never fails! 

For these cards I used the following color combos:

  • Calypso Coral, Basic Gray, Pool Party
  • Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Calypso Coral
  • Petal Pink, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party 

At the end of this post you will see the full supply list of the products used for my cards. If you are interested in getting any of these products you can click at the pictures, and you will be taken to my online store, where you can purchase any of these items. As always I truly appreciate your support, this keeps me motivated in creating and sharing card ideas with you. 

Step-by-step instructions

Here is the Video tutorial where I show step-by-step on how to make these cards, I go over how I create the sketch from the pin I found in Pinterest and how I go about making decisions on mix and matching the designs from the designer series paper a.k.a. DSP or paper pack collection. 

Also, I go over the measurements and colors of the ink and cardstock. As a result you will get lots of information on this video. However, the downside is that the video is around 42 min. Therefore, I recommend you watch this one when you are winding down from your day so you can relax and enjoy it. 😉 

Blog hop line-up!

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Full Supply List of Products

And as promised, you can see below the full supply list of products I used when creating these cards. Thank you so much for your support and for stopping by today!

 

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Valentine’s Card using Heartfelt Bundle from Stampin’ Up!

Hello there!! I know it has been a while since I last posted cards on my blog, however I have been sharing lots of fun and easy-to-make cards on my Facebook page and over on YouTube, I just have been extremely busy to actually blog about all the cards I have made, but I promise you that during 2020 I will do much better.. at least that is one my resolutions this year 😉😉😉

You know, it is really hard at times to do all things, considering I have also a full time job, as well as two little ones and a husband, there is a lot of demanding attention going to all places, and so sometimes blogging takes a back seat..

Funny as it sounds, I truly believe making videos is way easier for me than actually writing.. I guess cause I have never been a lady of too many words… or at least of too many written words! ha! 

I love to make quick and easy cards, as crafting really keeps me calm when life is coming at me in all directions. I feel like making cards is a great therapy! so even though I am not constantly blogging, I am always creating a card! 

And today I am sharing with you a quick and easy Valentine’s card!! This card is using the brand new bundle Heartfelt  from Stampin’ Up!

Quick and easy Valentine’s card!

As usual, I am sharing with you a quick and easy card, as I know that you are like me and I know that your crafting time is very limited! so you want to create something cute but fast at the same time, as we don’t have unlimited crafting time.. at least not now.. 
Valentine's card using Heartfelt bundle from Stampin' Up!

As you can see from the picture above, the new suite “From my Heart” from Stampin’ Up! makes it so easy to make your valentine’s cards, you can see I used the brand new heart doilies, which are adorable and they come in two color’s, well actually three, as you can flip it and get a white doily, but you get these cute doilies in Real Red and Flirty Flamingo.. 

This cute embellishment really makes it so easy to put cards together. You just glue the doily down to your card and it adds a lot of detail to your project!! seriously.. that easy!.. 

On this card I added another heart layer on top of the doily. This heart came from the From my heart designer series paper, and it was punched with the scalloped punch included in the Heartfelt bundle! I love having punches as these are super easy to use and makes it faster to make embellishments to decorate a project. 

Step-by-step video tutorial for this Valentine’s card

If you are interested in seeing a step-by-step tutorial, you can watch the video below, where I go over measurements, and I show you all the products being used in more detail!

I know you will enjoy the process, and you will realize that you can too make as many Valentine’s cards with this new suite from Stampin’ Up!

Here is the supply list as well as the links to all the products I used to make these cards. If you are interested in getting any of these products you can click on the images and these will take you to my online store. I truly appreciate your support 🙂

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Facebook live 4-27-18 Magical day

Hello Friends!! Here are the cards we made on the facebook live event from 4/27. For this week I decided to use the same stamp set but change the background, to show you different ways to embellish the backgrounds and have different looks on your cards..

By the way the stamp set and coordinating thinlits are retiring at the end of May, so if you like this set, make sure you grab it before its gone!!


The first card is using watercolor paper!! and this one is colored with the ink pads and the aqua painters!! it is a little bit time consuming but if you use the heat tool you can accelerate the process a bit.. 


Check out the video tutorial with some AMAZING tips and tricks for making different backgrounds on your cards using Stampin Up's Magical Day stamp set! You will love how quick and easy this is to make! www.creatingwithallie.com #stampinup #alejandragomez #creatingwithallie #videotutorial #cardmaking #papercrafts #handmadegreetingcards #fun #creativity #makeacard #sendacard #stampingisfun #sharewhatyoulove #onestampsetdifferentlooks #kidscards

Check out the video tutorial with some AMAZING tips and tricks for making different backgrounds on your cards using Stampin Up's Magical Day stamp set! You will love how quick and easy this is to make! www.creatingwithallie.com #stampinup #alejandragomez #creatingwithallie #videotutorial #cardmaking #papercrafts #handmadegreetingcards #fun #creativity #makeacard #sendacard #stampingisfun #sharewhatyoulove #onestampsetdifferentlooks #kidscards

This one is using designer series paper to embellish the background, super easy as you can see. 


Check out the video tutorial with some AMAZING tips and tricks for making different backgrounds on your cards using Stampin Up's Magical Day stamp set! You will love how quick and easy this is to make! www.creatingwithallie.com #stampinup #alejandragomez #creatingwithallie #videotutorial #cardmaking #papercrafts #handmadegreetingcards #fun #creativity #makeacard #sendacard #stampingisfun #sharewhatyoulove #onestampsetdifferentlooks #kidscards

Check out the video tutorial with some AMAZING tips and tricks for making different backgrounds on your cards using Stampin Up's Magical Day stamp set! You will love how quick and easy this is to make! www.creatingwithallie.com #stampinup #alejandragomez #creatingwithallie #videotutorial #cardmaking #papercrafts #handmadegreetingcards #fun #creativity #makeacard #sendacard #stampingisfun #sharewhatyoulove #onestampsetdifferentlooks #kidscards

And this one uses the stampin’ blends to color the background!! I think this was my favorite card and it just looks perfect for the theme with the unicorn!!

Check out the video tutorial with some AMAZING tips and tricks for making different backgrounds on your cards using Stampin Up's Magical Day stamp set! You will love how quick and easy this is to make! www.creatingwithallie.com #stampinup #alejandragomez #creatingwithallie #videotutorial #cardmaking #papercrafts #handmadegreetingcards #fun #creativity #makeacard #sendacard #stampingisfun #sharewhatyoulove #onestampsetdifferentlooks #kidscards

This cute unicorn comes from the magical day stamp set!! is that not gorgeous!!! It is perfect for little girls if you ask me!!


All of the unicorns were colored the same, I used memento ink, and then colored them with the stampin blends, I used the lighter shades for the hair, and then used the smoky slate for the shadows on the body and the pink pirouette for the cheeks, this always add a little personality to the critters, then of course I used the wink of stella over the hair!! I just love the shimmery look it leaves on the hair!! 


The clouds from all cards are from the Up & Away thinlits!! these coordinated perfectly!! love the look, specially cause all clouds were cut from the glimmer paper from myths and magic!! this is really stunning in person!  

Check out the video tutorial with some AMAZING tips and tricks for making different backgrounds on your cards using Stampin Up's Magical Day stamp set! You will love how quick and easy this is to make! www.creatingwithallie.com #stampinup #alejandragomez #creatingwithallie #videotutorial #cardmaking #papercrafts #handmadegreetingcards #fun #creativity #makeacard #sendacard #stampingisfun #sharewhatyoulove #onestampsetdifferentlooks #kidscards
And here is the video tutorial, where I go over dimensions and instructions on how to make all of these!! I am sure you will enjoy watching the different techniques for the background on the cards!! let me know if you have any questions, I will be happy to help you. 




Also here is the supply list for all the items I use to make this card, you can click at any of the images to go to my online store, where you can purchase any of these items!! thanks a lot!! I truly appreciate your support, also don’t forget about my ordering incentive this year!! 



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April Top Ten Winners Blog Hop – Baby Theme



Hello Friends!!, today I am participating on the Top Ten Winners Blog Hop, thanks to your support and voting for my card!! Thanks a lot!! the theme on this hop is Baby! and it is so special for me as I am sharing with you a special announcement.. 


When I learned that April’s International Highlights theme was Babies, I got so excited and decided that if I won this month, this is where I would announce that we are expecting a little girl in September!! We are so blessed to know that our family is growing and that I will have the joy to experience both a little boy (My Oliver) and now a little girl!! I am soooo thrilled with the news..

This is so especial for me as I had always wanted a little girl, we got pregnant back in 2015 of a little girl, but sadly she was sick and we lost her at week 15, I have never felt so much pain in my heart.. Any way a year later we got blessed with the arrival of our little Oliver and he is truly the joy of our lives!! he is such a happy boy, so fun and full of joy, I couldn’t have asked for a better baby!! I am sure all moms think that way..  I love so much having a little boy, that this time around, I honestly didn’t have a preference on a boy or girl, I even thought that another boy would have been perfect for Oliver to have a forever playmate and friend.. But when I got the news it was a Girl, I was so excited, as we will have the experience of being parents of a boy and a girl!! I am sure Oliver will still have a little friend on her and they will play together all the time.. so we are all super happy with the news!

Ok, now to the card!! Cause I am sure you are wanting to see the card!!! right??

Check out the video tutorial with some AMAZING tips and tricks for making baby cards using Stampin Up's moon baby stamp set! You will love how quick and easy this is to make! www.creatingwithallie.com #stampinup #alejandragomez #creatingwithallie #videotutorial #cardmaking #papercrafts #handmadegreetingcards #fun #creativity #makeacard #sendacard #stampingisfun #sharewhatyoulove #babyannouncement #babycards #babyshower

I used the moon baby stamp set for this card which is perfect for little babies! I am so sad to know that this will be retiring at the end of May, I love the sentiment and the images of these little babies..

Check out the video tutorial with some AMAZING tips and tricks for making baby cards using Stampin Up's moon baby stamp set! You will love how quick and easy this is to make! www.creatingwithallie.com #stampinup #alejandragomez #creatingwithallie #videotutorial #cardmaking #papercrafts #handmadegreetingcards #fun #creativity #makeacard #sendacard #stampingisfun #sharewhatyoulove #babyannouncement #babycards #babyshower

Of course I used wink of stella in her pijamas and umbrella as well as the stars, I love the shimmery look that it leaves where it is applied!, and the clouds were die cut from the myth and magic glimmer paper, I love the white glimmer paper on this pack, it just looks full of color.. 

The clouds are from the up & away thinlits

You can see the below tutorial, where I go over measurements and also the instructions of how to make it, and I show you how to color the images with the stampin blends! I am sure you will enjoy watching it! 



Don’t forget to visit the other blogs participating in this blog hop!, I am sure you will get a lot of inspiration from the all talented designers showing their cards for Babies!! here is the line up!





Also here is the supply list for all the items I use to make this card, you can click at any of the images to go to my online store, where you can purchase any of these items!! thanks a lot!! I truly appreciate your support, also don’t forget about my ordering incentive this year!! 



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Retiring soon!! Pick a pattern DSP and Pieces and Patterns Stamp set!

Hello Friends! Here is another project featuring the pick a pattern designer series paper and the pieces and patterns stamp set! As mentioned previously I am featuring a stamp set each week from the retiring list, so you can see them in action and maybe decide you want to get them before this is gone for good!


Here is the card that I am featuring today, I love this little critter, he is really cute! this was cut out from the designer series paper! 

As usual below is the video tutorial for you to see how to make this card, you will see this card is super easy and quick, yet it looks really cute! I am sure you will enjoy watching it. 



Also here is the supply list for all the items I use to make this card, you can click at any of the images to go to my online store, where you can purchase any of these items!! thanks a lot!! I truly appreciate your support, also don’t forget….


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Retiring soon!!! – Pick a pattern DSP and pieces and patterns Stamp set!

Hello Friends!! Today I am showcasing another card using the pick a pattern designer series paper and the pieces and patterns stamp set that coordinates very well with this paper pack.

As I have mentioned in an earlier post, during these weeks (April-May), I will be posting projects that are using products that are retiring soon..  so if any of these are in your wish list, make sure you order them ASAP as these are retiring soon and once these are gone, they are gone for good!.. 


So this week I am focusing on these two products..  The pieces and patterns stamp set is really cool, as you have a great variety of images that can give you different looks in your card making projects..
 I particularly like the dinosaur and the bear images, I really think these are the cutest!! and I love that all the cards you make with this set are really quick and easy, yet they all turn out to be really beautiful!

Here is the sample for the card today!!, I really like this layout!! I love the look on the circle arrangement and adding a little bit of the mini gold sequin trim adds a lot to the card! don’t you think?

You can see more of the details on the close up of this card!, I colored the little bear with the light shade of crumb cake stampin’ blends!! I really enjoy using the blends for coloring, it is just so easy!! 

And as usual here is the video tutorial, so you can follow along how to create this card!!, you will see it is really quick and easy to put together, so give it a chance to this suite!! 🙂

Please leave me a comment to let me know how you liked the project!! it is always good to hear from you! 🙂

Also here is the supply list for all the items I use to make this card, you can click at any of the images to go to my online store, where you can purchase any of these items!! thanks a lot!! I truly appreciate your support, also don’t forget….


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