Beautiful Baroque


Thought I'd try out a little bit different layout with this card using the Beautifully Baroque single stamp and coordinating Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper.  It's different for me because I don't often think in triangles for my cards.  I simply cut a rectangular piece of paper then cut it in half from corner to corner.  Be careful when doing this because I found that you might not get the side of the paper you wanted – you have to think ahead before you cut as to which way you cut the triangles out. 

Sometimes a design really needs a square card format.  And now with the new Envelope Punch Board, you can make any size envelope to coordinate with your "odd-sized" card.  No longer do you have to worry about how you're going to send your square card – you can create a coordinating envelope that's just the right size!  In this case, my card measures 5"x5", so I just looked at the sizing on the board for how to cut and score my cardstock for the envelope size required.  Here's a photo of how easy it is to create the perfect sized envelope:
Envelope Punch Board

  • Color scheme is taken loosely from the beautiful Eastern Elegance designer paper; I changed it just a touch – Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate and Whisper White.  The paper has Coastal Cabana instead of Bermuda Bay, but I wanted my card to be a little brighter.
  • I borrowed the sentiment from Blooming with Kindness stamp set.  This is a great one to fit into a circular area.
  • I added a flower punched from Boho Blossoms Punch and a Large Rhinestone for some bling.
  • Pretty simple, but I think it still works as an interesting card.  It would be pretty in lots of different color schemes.  Try the layout and let me know what you think by posting a comment!

THINGS YOU'LL NEED:cbaroquecloseup
Item No. 130895 Beautifully Baroque $14.95
Item No. 130131 Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper $10.95
Item No. 131961 Blooming with Kindness wood $22.95 OR
Item No. 126422 Blooming with Kindness clear $16.95
Item No. 119858 Boho Blossoms Punch $16.95
Item No. 129324 Lg. Rhinestone Basic Jewels (40) $4.95
Item No. 119868 1" Circle Punch $12.95
Item No. 119861 1-1/4" Circle Punch $15.95
Item No. 133774 Envelope Punch Board $19.95

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Stamping 101 Library Class

I've had so much fun teaching two sessions of a beginner rubber stamping class at both the Naples Library in Naples, NY, and the Wood Library in Canandaigua, NY.  Thought I'd share the projects from these classes with you.

This card got its "wow" from cutting the frame and oval from the Big Shot using the Scallop Frame Die.  We stamped a beautiful tree from the Thought & Prayers stamp set in Old Olive Classic Ink and added a sentiment from that same set.  We punched a few flowers using the 3 Flower Punch and Perfect Plum card stock and attached them to the card with some Gold Brads.  A piece of Old Olive 1/2" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon completes this easy yet effective card.

The next card is a bright, fun birthday card showcasing several of the In Colors — Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and a bit of Soft Suede.  We used the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set and colored in the main image with Blender Pens and Stamp Pads.  A dash of Bermuda Bay 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon coordinates so beautifully!

It's the middle of November, so no card class this time of year would be complete without making a Christmas card.  We used several products from the Holiday Mini Catalog to create this card — Delightful Decorations stamp set and coordinating Ornament Punch, Four the Holidays sentiments stamp set and Silver Elastic Cord.  Colors used are Bordering Blue and Rose Red.  An extra bit of glitz comes from the 2-Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds glitter on both of the ornaments.  The Eyelet Border Punch was used to complete this elegant card.

I like to show my students that stamping isn't just for card making and scrapbooking, but you can make wonderful gift-giving items as well.  And 80% of the students voted this their favorite project out of the four the completed!  Here's a simple pouch with topper using our Small Cellophane Bags.  I showed how to ink up the rubber stamp from Holiday Best (Level 1 hostess exclusive stamp set) with markers to get a multi-colored image and brought in the colors from the Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper that's wrapped around the chocolates.  A bit of Elegant Eggplant Rick-Rack from the Ribbon Originals Orchard packet gives an added bit of interest.

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