Stepped Up with Center Step Card

 

When I was introduced to rubber stamping back in the 90’s, glossy cardstock, rainbow ink pads and coloring images were all the rage.  I started stamping Christmas and birthday cards for family and friends because I was a single mom and was on a strict budget.  Little did I know that 24 years later I would still be stamping and that people would still enjoy receiving my cards.  I’ve also added hundreds of stamps to that collection and they’ve advanced from red rubber mounted on wood to clear acrylic that mounts on an acrylic block – no more stamp-a-majig to line things up!

Yesterday, Betsy left the following comment on my blog “Love these cards! You aren’t just the papercrafting princess, you are the Card Queen!”  It encouraged me to investigate a new fold so I could “step it up”.

Today I’m sharing a Center Step Card made from Skylark Papers and the Hoppy Easter Stamp set.

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I love making cards that are not “ordinary”.  I found the pattern to this card on Split Coast Stampers, one of my favorite go to sites for online tutorials.  Most of the tutorials come with colored pictures and really simple step by step instructions.

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When I use a colored base for my card, I like lining it with a piece of white paper.  I have stamped a butterfly from the set near the sentiment for a little added punch of color.  I also hand drew stitch lines around the edge for some added interest.

If you’d like to learn to make a Center Step Card give me a call and we’ll set a time to get together with a few of your friends and we’ll make some extraordinary cards!

Tracey

Hoppy Easter

 

I had some free time Sunday afternoon to “hop” into my craft room and play with some Easter cards.  I have always loved sending Easter cards, because unlike Christmas they are unexpected! 

I apologize for the small photos, but I somehow managed to misplace my camera so these were taken with my I-phone what it lacks in detail I’ll try and share with my post.

Both cards were made using the Hoppy Easter My Acrylix Stamp Set (B1423).  The first card boasts the traditional bunny and used papers from the Skylark Paper Packet  the soft greens and vibrant lagoon colors remind me so much of the renewal of spring. The middle section is punched with the scalloped border punch to give it a little texture.  I also added a piece of shimmer trim behind the rabbit, added some grass cut from the Cricut Artiste cartridge and added some clear sparkles on the egg.

 

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My second card although from the same set feels a bit more girly with the Ariana papers.  Both card patterns are taken from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 pattern book.  I fussy cut the bouquet of flowers and popped them up with 3D foam tape and tied them with a bit of Bakers Twine.

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I’m hoping that I can find some more time to play – but it’s a beautiful day here and I’ve already felt that I spent too much time indoors.

Happy Spring!

Tracey