It's Wednesday. That means the Big Reveal for my BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL is available! The first ever "Best of Stamp Academy" CD is ready to order! 50 DIY Gift Packaging Ideas For All Occasions! This baby is chock full of beautiful projects that you can create easily by following the step-by-step instructions. Every project has a color photo, PDF Instruction Sheet and Supply List. CLICK HERE for more information! You can preorder beginning at 12:01 on Black Friday to get the Special $10 Discount! They will begin shipping December 1st.
Wednesday also means that it's time for another Dazzling Diva Design Challenge! Today's challenge is to create a "Thanks" card with someone you're grateful for in mind. (See the Challenge Photo Below) I try to live a life of Gratitude every day. I am eternally grateful for my family. I am blessed to have a husband and children I actually LIKE as well as my extended family close by. My friends are a blessing I never take for granted because it took me a long time to have friends I can trust. I am grateful for good health for myself and those I love. Many of my close friends are having health challenges this year and I worry about them all the time. But – today – I need to add one of my Facebook Fans, Laura Hearold. I've never met her and she has never met me. Today I received the most beautiful card from her! It was not only physically beautiful (which it WAS) but it had the kindest words and her heartfelt support for me – someone she only knows through our mutual love of Paper Crafting. You may remember her beautiful card a while back – you can see it HERE. I don't know if you all realize how much you enrich my life. I love knowing you're all out there! When I'm creating, I think of you and whether you'll like the projects I'm creating. I've met many of you but most of you I only know "on line." I am so grateful for your friendships and the kindness you have shown me and each other. Have a blessed Thanksgiving surrounded by people you love! Now…on to the card!
You know I am a total Bling-a-potamus! I love shimmery and shiny! So, I combined two of my favorite things - Metal Sheets and Silver Shimmer Paper - to create this "Metal Thankful Card." The base card is 5 1/2" x 11" scored and folded in half. The Silver Gimmer Paper is 5 3/8" x 5 3/8". The next layer is Whisper White Cardstock that was passed through the Big Shot in the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder. (I had to do some of it and then shimmy it up a little and pass it through again because the folder was not big enough to do the whole card at once.) A piece of Whisper White Organza Ribbon was wrapped around the front of the two layers and secured in the back using Glue Dots. The Scarlet Red Metal Sheet was cut using the Gift Bow Bigz Die and the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine. I then embossed each piece using the Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder. I used a round marker barrel to round the metal instead of my Bone Folder. This will give you the rounding without crease marks. I used Sticky Strip to attach the bow pieces to each other and then I attached it to the front of the card with Sticky Strip.
The word "Thankful" was cut using the Expressions Thinlits and a Scarlet Red Metal Sheet. If you put a piece of wax paper between the die and the metal, you will be able to pop it out without any trouble! Be careful not to crease the metal when removing it from the die. It was then adhered to the front of the card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. The "For You" from A Round Array Stamp Set was stamped onto Whisper White Cardstock using Real Red Ink and then it was embossed using Clear Embossing Powder and a Heat Tool. It was then punched out using a 7/8" Scalloped Circle Punch and layered onto a 1" Circle Punch of Silver Glimmer Paper using a Stampin' Dimensional. That was then adhered to a punch from the 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch and adhered to the card front using Glue Dots.
Don't forget to decorate the inside of your card! This 1/2" strip of Silver Glimmer Paper does the trick! I would probably make a little box for this card because an envelope wouldn't work. Hmmm….where would I learn how to do that???? The DIY Gift Packaging Ideas For All Occasions! (Shameless Plug – wink, wink!) Hop on over to The Dazzling Divas Design Challenge and add your Thankful Card! You don't have to use Metal but go ahead and use it if you have it! If you need any of the Stampin' Up! Supplies to make this card, you can find them in my ONLINE STORE and they'll be delivered right to your door!
- Whisper White Cardstock #100730
- Silver Glimmer Paper #124005
- Scarlet Red Metal Sheet from Add A Little Dazzle
- A Round Array Stamp Set wood #129807, clear #129090
- Real Red Ink #126949
- Clear Embossing Powder #109130
- Heat Tool #129053
- Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439
- Big Shot Magnetic Platform #130658
- Gift Bow Bigz Die #129977
- Expressions Thinlits Dies #132171
- Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder #132174
- Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder #130917
- Whisper White Organza Ribbon #114319
- 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch #129404
- 1" Circle Punch #119868
- 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch #127811
- Sticky Strip #104294
- Glue Dots #103683
- Stampin' Dimensionals #104430
- SNAIL Adhesive Refill #104331
- Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755
- Stampin' Paper Trimmer #126889
- Paper Piercing Tool #126189
- Craft Scissors #108360