Who Wants Some Sweet Card Candy?

I have been so so so busy lately.  Wordpress has sent me two emails, telling me to get on the ball and write a post.  There is a good reason as to why I been slacking on posting blogs.  It is because I have been working on a huge project.  I am designing and making  Save the Date cards and wedding invitations for my best friend Stephanie.  I will post her Save the Dates and Invitations when I finish them.  

My Mom and I belong to a monthly stamping get together with 10 other ladies.  During these get togethers we share products, new techniques, cards or projects that we have made, and have dinner together.  Three ladies usually create a Shoe Box Card for the rest of the group to partake in.  Shoe Box Cards are already designed, planned and made.  In order to finish the card, everyone just adheres all of the finished pieces to the card to make it look similar to the original card that was made by the creator.  Below is one of my Shoe Box Cards.  

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The card above has 5 steps.  

1st Step:  Attach the blue jar to the card.

2nd Step: Decide where the three flowers in the jar should go.  Then draw their black stems from the flower into the jar.  

3rd Step:  Adhere the top three flowers to the end of their stems and attach two flowers at the bottom.

4th Step: Glue the “Sent With Love” white piece on top of the jar to cover the end of the stems.

5th Step:  Draw a trail from the jar to the bumble bee. 

I stamped and cut out all of the blue jars, “Sent With Love” sentiment, and all the flowers.  Yes, I cut them out all by hand and there were 50+ flowers.  Don’t the flowers all look pretty together in a pile?  

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To create these flowers, I used lots of white paper scraps and Tattered Angel’s Glimmer Mists. I found 5 colors that all matched well together and just started spraying the scraps.  The scraps had to be dried completely before I stamped on them.  While I waited for the scraps to dry. I stamped all of the bumble bees on the top left corner of the card.  After the scraps were dry, I stamped a black outline flower on them and cut them all out.  Once I had all my materials cut out and organized, I made 10 small piles, each pile contained 1 blue jar, 5 different colored flowers, and a “Sent With Love” sentiment and put them in an envelope with a card for each person.  

Since all of the ladies were getting sick of doing Shoe Box Cards, Lynn who is our Stampin’ Up Demonstrator decided to switch to something else.  She had recently learned about Card Candy.  Since I am on Pinterest often…okay…all the time, I have heard and already knew what Card Candy was.  I wasn’t really interested in it because that is not how I make and design cards.  I make all my stuff from scratch. Haha.  If I need three 3D butterflies or a white wedding dress for a card, I make them as I need them. 

I bet you are wondering what are Card Candy?  Card Candy are pre-made individual pieces of art that are ready to stick on any project: a blank card, scrapbook page, Project Life card, etc.  Below is a picture from my Pinterest page of lots of Card Candy. 

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As our new Challenge for April’s get together we are all making 10 pieces of Card Candy each.  Then we will swap with each other so in the end we each will have 10 different handmade pieces of Card Candy to use in our own projects.  Below is the Card Candy that I made.  They are not little like they should be, but they are definitely sweet just like candy. 
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I searched high and low for acetate.  Then I learned that acetate is the thick plastic that is used on clean albums.  What I was looking for are called transparencies, just like that ones that were used while I was in school on an overhead projector.  They are as thin as a sheet of paper, but made from completely clear plastic.  I stamped on the transparency with silver metallic Stazon ink.  I cut out each dome when the ink has dried.  Then I attach a pearl on top with a small Zot.  I stamped the cake stand in Pretty in Pink.  Then I stamp the bottom of the cupcake in Chocolate Chip ink, and stamp the cupcake tops in Pink Passion, Rose Red and Pretty in Pink.  I then punch out a skinny border from raspberry card stock, and place it under the cupcakes if some of them are floating a little too high off the cake stand.  Then I attach the acetate dome to the card.  My Card Candy is about 4 inches in height and close 4 and a half inches wide approximately. 
 
Supplies Used:
Stamps: A Cherry on Top, Studio Calico kit set
Inks: black, Pretty in Pink, Pink Passion, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip (Stampin’ Up), Metallic Silver Stazon
Other: Acetate, pearls, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, Zots, border punch (Stampin’ Up), and Raspberry card stock (Creative Memories). 
 
Happy Stamping! 
~Kali
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