August is Vacation Time for Me

By | August 1, 2016

Hi Blog Readers,,,,just wanted you to know that I will be taking the month of August off from blogging.  Everybody needs a vacation, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.  I will be back with more creative inspiration in September. (And I may pop in from time to time this month with quick inspiration!)

In the meantime, take this chance to browse my blog and see what other creative card projects you can find.  I have my blog posts categorized, so you can browse using the drop down category menu in my side bar.  You can also do a site search using the search tool in my sidebar.  Also, you will find “tags” below each blog post that allow you to search for other posts with that same tag.

Also, check out my Facebook Page.  During August, I will still be posting there

Hope that you enjoy the rest of the summer…see you in September!!

More Ideas for the Vertical Greetings Stamp Set

By | July 27, 2016

I’m back with more card ideas using the Vertical Greetings stamp set (Wood 141873, Clear 141876). The ideas I’m sharing today rely on accenting the stamped images with designer series paper.   There aren’t a huge amount of ways to vary the use of the images in this stamp set.  So, the secret to getting variety with Vertical Greetings is to pair it with designer paper, add texture or use layout ideas and a variety of colors to add interest.

Here’s the first card.

Vertical Greetings Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Colors are Island Indigo and Mint Macaron.

  • Background is textured using the Seaside Textured Embossing Folder (141481).

  • I made this card a bit differently.  I scored it at 3 3/4”, leaving a 1/2” margin that sticks out beyond the card front on the left.  That’s where I stamped the sentiment. (It’s hard to see in the photo, but basically it is where the partial leaf balls are on the right side.)

  • Notice that I used the top “tree ball” on the top and bottom corners for accents.

  • Designer paper used for the two small accent pieces:  Blooms and Bliss (141654).

  • Accent bow is made with Silver 1/8” Ribbon (132137).

 

Here’s the second card I have to share today.

Vertical Greetings Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Another technique you can use with the Vertical Greetings stamp set is coloring the stamp with markers.  Colors I used were Cajun Craze, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, and Delightful Dijon…colors found in the Moroccan Designer Series Paper (141645), which was used for the border.

  • Another trick I used to vary the card is stamping the sentiment on a strip of Very Vanilla card stock.  Since the strip is so thin, it’s easiest to stamp on a larger piece of card stock, then trim to size. 

  • Because the tree image is vertical, the horizontal border works to add a bit of variety and interest to the card front.

 

 

Here’s another way to accent the stamped image…a designer paper border.

Vertical Greetings Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • I built the designer paper frame on a piece of 5 1/4” x 4” Very Vanilla card stock piece, then attached to the card base.  It’s easier to do this way.  Designer paper used was Moroccan Designer Series Paper (141645).

  • Notes on building the designer paper frame:

    • Designer paper strips are 1”  wide 

    • When adhering the designer paper, place adhesive on all the but last 1” of each strip.  Place the first strip on one edge of the card stock base piece.  Place the end of the second strip UNDERNEATH the loose flap of the first strip.  Once all strips are adhered to the base, go back and adhere the tabs down.

    • The center color card stock piece is cut to fit in the center of the frame.  It is cut out of the same color as the card base.

  • Wondering how I created the tree image with only one leaf ball??  I inked up the stamp and then covered the part I didn’t want with a post-it note.  The rubber image will make the post-it note stick up at an angle.  However, when you go to stamp the image onto the card stock, the post it note will lay flat, covering and preventing that part of the image from stamping onto the project.

The fourth card I’m sharing today uses both designer paper and a card sketch/layout.

Vertical Greetings Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Color combination is Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo and Emerald Envy.

  • Designer paper used: Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper (141630).  I used just a small strip of the border image design paper.

  • Background texture was made using the Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder (139672).

  • DESIGN TIP:  Using the horizontal border piece adds interest to the card, as well as breaking up the “vertical-ness” of the project.

 

Hope that today’s blog post gave you some ideas for using designer paper, texture and card layouts/sketches for making you own card projects.  When you have a “limited use” stamp image, using any one of these ideas can spark additional creative uses for the image. 

If you’re interested in the other cards I shared using this set, you can find them here.  

You can purchase the Vertical Greetings stamp set in my online store.

Thanks for taking time to visit…

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Vertical Greetings Make Simple Handmade Cards!

By | July 25, 2016

One of the stamp sets that caught my eye in the 2016 Stampin’ Up! catalog was the Vertical Greetings stamp set (Wood 141873, Clear 141876). Sometimes you want a vertical greeting  instead of a horizontal one, and this stamp set does the trick!  In the future, I can see myself using the sentiments in this set with many other stamped images.  For the cards I’m sharing today I only used the tree images that come with the Vertical Greetings stamp set.

Here’s the very first card I attempted with this set.

Vertical Greetings Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

When I am trying a stamp set for the first time, quite often the first card I make is a very simple one that gives me a feel for the stamped image.  That’s exactly the case with this card.

Project Notes:

  • I used the Notecards and Envelopes (131527) to make this thank you card.  In my opinion, this product is one of the best values in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.

  • The Vertical Greetings stamp set is great for quick and simple cards.  Add a bit of solid colored card stock for a matte, stamp the images and your card is ready to go!!  Great idea when time is short for making a card.

Here’s the next card I tried, using just a bit of designer series paper for accent.

Vertical Greetings Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Colors used were Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum.

  • Double matting the image is a great way to draw the eye and give the card a finished look.  Notice that the one matte is very narrow!

  • Designer paper used:  Blooms and Bliss (141654).

 

I decided to try heat embossing the images on my next card.

Vertical Greetings Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

Here’s the fourth and final card I have to share today.  I tried something different on this card…score lines.

Vertical Greetings Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • I stamped the image in the center of the Whisper White card stock, then scored horizontal and vertical lines.  (You could score the lines first, and then stamp the image.)

  • I didn’t think the plain lines showed up very well so I took my Dapper Denim marker (the small tip) and a ruler, drawing a fine line to highlight them.

  • The sentiment is from Helping Me Grow stamp set (Photopolymer 140764)

One design element you will notice on all the cards I’ve shared today is that they are all SIMPLE.  There are very few elements on the cards.  Simplicity leads to beautiful cards….but also cards that are quick and easy to create.  If you are someone who has difficulty creating simple cards, here’s a word of advice.  LESS IS MORE.  Don’t feel that you need to use ALL your creative talent on one card.  Spread the creativity around!!

If you enjoy the cards I share here on my blog, I think you would also enjoy receiving my weekly newsletter.  Subscribers receive a card project (complete with step-by-step directions) each week.  Never get stuck in a creative rut again!!  Sign up using the registration form at the top of my right sidebar.

Make sure to stop back on Wednesday, when I will share four more ideas for using the Vertical Greetings stamp set!

Have fun “stampin it up!”

Fun with Flourishing Phrases Finale

By | July 20, 2016

Well, I’m back today with one more blog post focused on the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and Flourish Thinlits from Stampin Up!  I really enjoyed creating with these products…there’s LOTS of creative potential here!!  Hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve been sharing as well!  On to the first card….

…which is just a simply stamped project.

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases and Flourshing Thinlits Dies

Project Notes:

  • I decided to make a Mint Macaron and Black card…two colors that are VERY striking together!!  This card came about because I had the textured background piece hanging around my studio begging me to do SOMETHING with it!!  (Ha Ha – does that ever happen to anyone else??)

  • Sentiment is from the Circle of Spring stamp set (Photopolymer 138964).  I used the Layering Circles Framelits (141705) to cut both the white and black circle pieces.  The combinations you can make with these Layering Framelit sets are awesome!!

  • Background piece was textured with the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (141481).  I placed the bumpy side face down on this card.

 

I decided to embrace the current Adult Coloring Trend with my next Flourishing Phrases card.

 

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases and Flourshing Thinlits Dies

Project Notes:

  • Colors for this card are PeekABoo Peach and Garden Green.

  • Sentiment is from the Happy Happenings stamp set (Wood 138734, Clear 139381).

  • I find that coloring really relaxes me.  Even if coloring isn’t a favorite thing to do, this image is really easy to color, making the process go quickly.

  • The idea and color combination for this card came from a card made by Janey Backer.

 

Here’s card number three…and the card with the most elements.

 

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases and Flourshing Thinlits Dies

Project Notes:

  • Here’s how I created the center focal point.  I stamped off the flower image using Flirty Flamingo ink.  I used the Layering Circles Framelits to cut the stamped image circle and the scalloped circle.  The Flourish Thinlits dies were used for the flowers and leaf pieces.  I attached the larger flower right over the stamped flower image.  They won’t line up exactly, but the stamped flower makes a nice background for the die cuts.

  • Just as in the first card, the background piece was textured with the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (141481).

  • Banner image is found in the Number of Years stamp set (Photopolymer 140653) and sentiment is from the Helping Me Grow stamp set (Photopolymer 140764).  The banner was cut with the coordinating piece from the Large Numbers Framelits (140622).

  • Project colors are: Flirty Flamingo with an accent of Watermelon Wonder, Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight (die cut flower center and leaves).

  • The border ribbon is a piece of Watermelon Wonder 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon (141433).

 

Well, that wraps up my mini series on ways to use the the Flourishing Phrases stamp set (Wood 141531, Clear 141534) and Flourish Thinlits dies (141478).  Each can be purchased separately, but they are also sold together in a bundle at a 10% discount (Wood 142322, Clear 142323).  You can find them in my online store.

If you missed either of my other two blog posts using these products you can find them here:

Fun Ways to Use Flourish Thinlits Dies

More Fun With Floursh Thinlits Dies

 

Have fun “stampin it up!”

 

More Fun with the Flourish Thinlits Dies

By | July 18, 2016

I’m back again today with three more fun ways to use Stampin’ Up! Flourishing Phrases stamp set and the Flourish Thinlits dies. I shared three other great ideas last week,  so make sure to click here to check those out as well.  Today I’ll be sharing three different techniques that I tried using the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.

Here’s the first card I have to share and actually, I used two different techniques here…emboss resist and ombre sponging.

 

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases and Flourshing Thinlits Dies

Project Notes:

  • Here’s how I did the emboss resist.  First, I stamped the flourish image onto Whisper White card stock using VersaMark ink (102283), sprinkled with clear embossing powder (109130) and heat set using the Heat Tool (129053).  Next, I sponged different colors of ink onto the Whisper White card stock.  The clear embossed image resists the ink and makes the image pop.  Remember to wipe the excess ink off the embossed image after all the ink has been sponged.

  • When I sponged the color onto the Whisper White card stock, I used a second technique…ombre sponging.  The word “ombre” refers to “having colors or tones that shade into each other” and that’s the effect I created on the card.  I started sponging with a lighter color on top and then gradually sponged with darker colors as I moved towards the bottom.  Here are the colors I used from top to bottom:  Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, and Watermelon Wonder.  Make sure to sponge one color into the other, so that you don’t have definite start/stop lines.  I also sponged the edges of the card stock with Watermelon Wonder.

  • Sentiment is from the Birthday Banners stamp set (Photopolymer 141506) and is stamped on a strip of white card stock attached to the card front.

  • Die cut flowers are found in the Flourish Thinlits die set.

 

My second card project uses the spotlight technique.  This technique is used to highlight one or two areas of a stamped image.

 

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases and Flourshing Thinlits Dies

Project Notes:

  • Project colors are Dapper Denim and Mint Macaron.

  • To create the “spotlight” images, stamp a second flourish onto card stock using a different color.  Then, cut out the part of the image you want to highlight.  I used the Layering Circles Framelits (141705) to cut the two areas I wanted to highlight, then cut two coordinating scallop circles from Dapper Denim card stock.  The trick is to line up these two pieces so they perfectly match the stamped image below.  I didn’t do it on this card, but the highlighted circle areas could be attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

  • Sentiment is from the Cottage Greetings stamp set (Wood 138940, Clear 139962).

  • I used Dapper Denim 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon (141424) for the bow and border.

  • This card was copied from a similar one I saw on Pinterest.

 

My third and last card combines the stamped flourish image with a die cut flower.   The technique on this card is creating your own background paper.

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases and Flourshing Thinlits Dies

 

Project Notes:

  • Colors on this card are Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum.  (Can you tell that Dapper Denim is one of my new FAVORITE colors?)
  • I made my own background by repeatedly stamping the flourish image using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The trick to stamping a background is to start in the center and work your way out to the edges.

  • I chose to use a die cut flower as the focal point of this card.  The flower is one of the dies in the Flourish Thinlits die set.

     

    Well, as of today I have shared six different card ideas using the Flourishing Phrases stamp set (Wood 141531, Clear 141534) and Flourish Thinlits dies (141478).  Each can be purchased separately, but they are also sold together in a bundle at a 10% discount (Wood 142322, Clear 142323).  (You can find them in my online store.)

    Make sure to stop back on Wednesday when I will have three more card ideas using the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and Flourish Thinlits dies.  Until then…

    Have fun “stampin it up!”

Fun Ways to use Flourish Thinlits Dies

By | July 13, 2016

The Flourishing Phrases stamp set and coordinating Flourish Thinlits dies from Stampin’ Up! were my #1 choice on my new catalog wish list.   The die cut flourish and flowers really caught my eye, I LOVE all the sentiments in the stamp set and see endless possibilities for using  these versatile products.  In this blog post I’m going to share three ways I discovered to use the Flourish Thinlits dies.

My first card uses the flourish thinlit die cut as a focal point.  This is probably the way that most people will naturally use the die.

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases and Thinlits Dies

Project Notes:

  • I chose to create a back drop for the flourish die by using two layered card stock pieces.  I cut them using the Lot of Labels Framelits (138281), and then sponged the edges (color on color) to give some shading and depth to the card.

  • Colors used on this card are Calypso Coral, Old Olive and So Saffron.

  • Sentiment is from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits (141706).  I also sponged around the edges of the cut oval.  Sentiment is stamped in Old Olive ink.

 

Here’s another way to use the flourish die cut…or should I say the LEFTOVER from the flourish die cut.  Use the die cut flourish on a card project (like I did above), but don’t throw out the leftover.  Use it on another card!!

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases and Thinlits Dies

Project Notes:

  • If you plan to try this technique, make sure to cut the card stock piece large enough to have a margin all around the die cut opening.

  • I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) when gluing down the leftover rectangle.  Make sure the glue gets applied to all the little ends leftover from the die cuts. (You will see what I mean when you try this.)

  • Sentiment is from Thoughts and Prayers stamp set (Wood 128751, Clear 127805).  I punched the sentiment using the 1 3/4″ circle punch (119850), then matted with a Blushing Bride circle punched with the 2″ circle punch (133782).  I used the Layering Circle Framelits (141705) to create the outside scallop circle.  I also used the Project Life Corner Punch (135346) to round the corners of the rectangle.

  • Colors on this card are Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, and Rich Razzleberry.

 

Here’s the third card I made with the Flourish Thinlits dies.  For this card, I used the leftover cut out as a stencil.

 

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases and Thinlits Dies

Project Notes:

  • Colors are Dapper Denim and Tip Top Taupe.

  • Sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (Wood 128748, Clear 127802).  I punched it using the 1 3/8″ circle punch (119860) and matted with a 1 1/2″ punched circle (138299) of Tip Top Taupe.

  • Stenciling is really easy to do.  I used a sponge and the leftover opening from the die to create the stenciled image.  The trick is to hold down the little corners and edges so the sponge doesn’t get under them.

  • Die cut border is also made with the Flourish Thinlits dies.  I really do like the elegance of this border piece!!

 

Well, there are three great ideas for you to use with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set (Wood 141531, Clear 141534) and Flourish Thinlits dies (141478).  Each can be purchased separately, but they are also sold together in a bundle at a 10% discount (Wood 142322, Clear 142323).  You can find them in my online store.

Next Monday I’ll be back with three more project ideas using this same Flourishing Phrases stamp set and Flourish thinlits, so make sure to stop back then.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

 

Stampin’ Up! Catalog Creative Inspiration

By | July 11, 2016

Where do you get your card making inspiration??  I know many go to Pinterest or do a Google search.  Have you ever thought about creating some of the samples shown in the Stampin’ Up! catalog??  I have to admit, even though I enjoy paging through the catalog and seeing all the samples, I’ve never before given much thought to copying the samples in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  I decided to change that behavior when the new catalog came out!!  I’m sharing three of my “copycat” cards today.

This first card was inspired by the black and white striped card on page 74.  My card looks nothing like the Stampin’ Up! sample EXCEPT  the center stamped image.  I took an idea from the catalog and put my own spin on it.  I wanted to use some of the new In-Colors on this card.

Stamipn' Up! Catalog Inspiration

Project Notes:

 

My next card can be found on page 105 and uses the versatile Flower Shop stamp set. My card is pretty much made exactly as shown with the exception of the cutout sentiment.  I don’t own that, so I substituted a stamped greeting instead.

 

Stamipn' Up! Catalog Inspiration

Project Notes:

 

Here’s the last card I have to share today.  It can be found on page 105.

Stamipn' Up! Catalog Inspiration

Project Notes:

 

I hope you have enjoyed the card inspiration today.  Leave me a comment to let me know where YOU find your creative inspiration (Comment link is at the TOP of this post.  If you are reading on my home page, you will need to click into the blog post to leave a comment.)  Also, if you haven’t tried copying ideas from the Stampin’ Up! catalog, I invite you to try it.  It was very free-ing for me to try.  Why re-invent the wheel when the work has already been done??  And, if you don’t have the exact products shown, I encourage you to find something you already own that could be substituted.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days begin TODAY!!

By | July 7, 2016

Exciting new promotion from Stampin’ Up! …..   BONUS DAYS!!

Stampin' Up! Bonus Days

Promotion period: July 7–31, 2016

Redemption period: August 2–31, 2016

 

Here’s how it works:

For every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5 USD/$6 CAD Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2–31, 2016.  You will receive a Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $50 USD/$60 CAD spent in a single order (catalog price before shipping and tax).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Bonus Days coupon codes will be delivered via email, so an email address is required to participate in this promotion. Stampin’ Up! cannot resend emails with coupon codes, so make sure you save the email and write down the codes in a safe place so you don’t miss out on the coupons you earn.

 Here are all the details:

  • An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered to participants via email.
  • Stampin’ Up! strongly recommends that participants both save emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place—the codes cannot be resent if the the email is lost, and Stampin’ Up!  cannot recover lost codes.
  • Participants will receive a $5 USD/$6 CAD Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $50 USD/$60 CAD they spend in a single order (catalog price before shipping and tax). There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons participants can use on an order during redemption.
  • Bonus Days coupons codes can be used in the checkout process during the redemption period.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion. Coupons can be redeemed on any order type.
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Isn’t this an exciting new promotion??? Make sure to shop my online store today and earn your Bonus Days coupons!!

Why I Like Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals!

By | July 6, 2016

The other day I was visiting with a fellow card maker and we were discussing using dimensionals…those foam pieces that allow you to raise elements up off the card.  We both agreed that Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals are THE BEST!!  There’s one simple reason for that….absolutely NO WASTE.  Every inch of the sheet of dimensionals can be used, giving you GREAT value for your money!!Stampin' Up! Stampin' Dimensionals

Here’s what Stampin’ Up! says about Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430):

  • Double-sided, self-adhesive foam mounts

  • 1/16″ diameter

  • 300 per package

  • Use multiple Stampin’ Dimensionals for multilevel projects or added height

  • Great for layering and 3-D effects

  • $4.00 per package

 

I’ve created a video all about Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Make sure to watch all the way to the end, as I share a couple great tips for using them that you WON’T want to miss!!  Then, make sure to stock your craft room with these indispensable paper crafting tools!!

 

In the video I mention how I cut up all the little pieces.  Here’s what one of my “scrap pieces” sheets looks like:

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Hope that you enjoyed the video and learned a couple NEW tips and tricks for using Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Thanks for joining me today.  If you haven’t already subscribed to my YouTube channel, make sure to do so!  That way, you’ll know when I add a new video!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

 

More Inspiration using Painter’s Palette

By | July 4, 2016

Happy Fourth of July!!!

Today, I’m sharing some more cards I made using the Painter’s Palette stamp set (Wood 141907, Clear 141910).  I took a different approach with these designs and focused on using the swoosh images that come in the stamp set.  Hope you enjoy the results…

Here’s the first card.  I decided to use one of the swooshes to make it look like an artist was painting on the canvas.

Painter's Palette Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Sentiment is from the Happy Happenings stamp set (Wood 138734, Clear 139381).

  • The swooshes were stamped and also stamped off, to give the varying shades of pink.  You will need to mask your frame if you choose to make the swooshes look like they are going off the canvas.  The mask needs to be wide enough that the swooshes don’t wind up on the background of your card front.

  • Background designer paper is from the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper (141648).

  • I tied the bow with the Melon Mambo 1/8″ stitched ribbon (141650).

  • Tilting the image rectangle adds some movement and whimsy to the card.

 

Here’s another card I made using the swoosh images to created a background for my project.

 

Painter's Palette Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

 

The idea for this third card isn’t original with me.  It is based on a card by Cindy Schuster.

Painter's Palette Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Flower image is from the Birthday Blooms stamp set (Wood 140655, Clear 140658).  Sentiment is from the Happy Happenings stamp set (Wood 138734, Clear 139381).

  • Pool Party, Mint Macaron and Crumb Cake are the colors on this card.  I used a Blender Pen (102845) to color the flower and leaves.

  • The green borders on this card were made by repeatedly stamping one of the swoosh images from the Painter’s Palette stamp set.  I used Mint Macaron ink on Mint Macaron card stock.  I really like this aspect of the card!!!

  • Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine (138411) is used to “hang” the photo on the wall.

 

Here’s the fourth and final card I have to share with you today.  I think this one is my favorite cards of the ones I’m sharing today.  This color combination is a great one to use together:  Dapper Denim and Mint Macaron.

Painter's Palette Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

 

I shared some other cards I created using the Painter’s Palette stamp set on my blog last week.  You can find them here.

 

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Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Card Inspiration using Painter’s Palette

By | June 29, 2016

One of the fun new stamp sets (and one that we could pre-order early) is called Painter’s Palette.  It’s an art themed set that includes an artist’s canvas image and some paint swooshes, splotches and dots.  I think that this stamp set is worth owning for the artist canvas/frame alone, but the dots and swooshes are great for creating backgrounds for your handmade cards.  I can see lots of possibilities for creating with this stamp set.  All cards that I’m sharing use the Painter’s Palette stamp set (Wood 141907, Clear 141910), which you can find in my online store.

Here’s the first card I made.  The general layout idea came from a similar card created by Ginger Toivonen.  I changed it up a bit to make it my own.

Painter's Palette Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Sentiment is from Tin of Cards stamp set (Photopolymer 138946).

  • Designer paper is from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Pack (141657).  These fun and colorful 6″ x 6″ pattern paper pieces feature three of the new In-Colors: Emerald Envy, PeekABoo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.

  • Even though Flirty Flamingo isn’t a color in this designer paper, I paired it up with this card.  The reason I can get by with that is because the main designer paper color is black.  The other sheet of designer paper I used just has hints of a variety of colors…nothing that needs to be matched.

  • Did you know that the Painter’s Palette stamp set was designed to coordinate with the Layering Squares framelits (141708)?  Well it’s true.  And using those framelits makes cutting out the image (like I did the frame in the card above) a breeze!!

Here’s a second card using the Painter’s Palette stamp set.  I paired it with two tried and true stamp sets to come up with a fun card that could be used for any occasion.

 

Painter's Palette Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Besides the Painter’s Palette stamp set, I used Papillon Potpourri (Wood 132058, Clear 123759) and Petite Petals (Wood 133152, Clear 133155) on this card.  These images were punched using the coordinating punches: Elegant Butterfly (127526) and Petite Petals (133322).

  • Background paper and border piece is from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Pack (141657).  This really is the PERFECT paper to coordinate with the Painter’s Palette stamp set!!

  • Ink colors used: Sweet Sugarplum (141395) and Flirty Flamingo (141397).

  • The artist canvas is cut by hand, which is what you have to do if you want to include the easel legs and top in the cut out image.  It really wasn’t too difficult.  When I placed the easel on the card, I popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).

  • In order to get the dots onto the canvas without TOO MANY dots showing on the frame, I used a matte to cover the frame when stamping.

Here’s a close up of the main image of this card.  Maybe you can see the sparkle from the Clear Wink of Stella on the butterfly in this photo.

 

Painter's Palette Stampin' Up!

 

 

Here’s another card with a similar layout.  The middle border piece is the same, but the background is stamped instead of using a second piece of designer paper (as I did in the card above).

 

Painter's Palette Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Sentiment is from the Playful Palette’s stamp set.

  • The pattern border piece is from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Pack (141657).

  • The hearts are found in the Birthday Blooms stamp set (Wood 140655, Clear 140658).  I stamped them onto the Flirty Flamingo card stock using VersaMark ink (102283), then cut out using a scallop square from the Layering Squares Framelits (141708).  See how perfectly it fits inside the frame image?

  • Wondering how I did the easel?  I stamped the easel in place on the Very Vanilla card stock piece using Basic Black Archival Ink (140931).  The border piece of designer paper is actually attached OVER the easel image I stamped on the background piece.  I stamped a second easel image onto a scrap piece of Very Vanilla card stock using Flirty Flamingo ink (141397), then cut with the Layering Squares Framelits.  When I placed this onto the card front, I lined it up over the black frame underneath.

 

Here’s a close up of the easel frame on this card:

 

Painter's Palette Stampin' Up!

 

 

The final card I have to share today is a shaker card.  This one was a bit more complicated to assemble and I won’t take the time today to explain it.  That can be a topic for a future blog post.  But, wouldn’t this be a cute birthday card to give to an artist??

 

Painter's Palette Stampin' Up!

 

Stop back on Monday when I’ll have some more samples using the Painter’s Palette stamp set.  I’d love to know you stopped by for a visit, so please leave a comment.  It helps me to know that people are checking out the projects that I post here.  (The comments link is found at the TOP of each post!  If you are reading on this my blog home page, you will need to click into the individual post to leave a comment.)  Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

More Creative Ways to use Moroccan Nights

By | June 27, 2016

Today I’m continuing with cards made using the Moroccan Nights stamp set (Wood 141715, Clear 141718).  It’s always fun to find new ways of using stamped images in non-traditional ways.  You’ll see that CIRCLES are the common theme of today’s cards.  You will also notice that all today’s cards are the same color (Island Indigo and Very Vanilla).  This is because I used the parts of the punched out pieces to create my other cards.

Here’s the first card.  And, the first thing I want you to see about this card is it is the SAME LAYOUT as the cards I shared on this blog post.  If you’ve been following my last few blog posts, then you’ll know that this is the EIGHTH card I’ve created with that same sketch.

 

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set (Wood 128751, Clear 127805).  Butterfly is from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set (Wood 132058, Clear 123759).  The border image under the sentiment is one of the images in the Moroccan Nights stamp set.

  • I cut the large circle using the 3 1/2″ Circle Framelit from the retired circle collection framelits set.  (I made this card before the new circle framelits were available for purchase.).  However, I think the two largest circle framelits (scalloped or straight) from the new Layering Circle Framelits set (141705) would work as well.  The new circles are a bit smaller, so there wouldn’t be as much of a white border on the outside edge.

  • The inside circle was created after the larger circle was cut.  I used the 1 3/4″ circle punch (119850).

  • Butterfly is punched with the Elegant Butterfly punch (127526) and is “colored” with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (141898) to add a bit of sparkle.

 

Here’s the second card I have today.  This one also has a wreath theme.

 

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

 

Here’s a third card with the circle theme:

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

 

Here’s the last card I have to share with you.  This one uses up all the circles that were punched from the other cards.

 

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Not only did I use the large medallion image from Moroccan Nights, I used the little “snowflake” like image from that stamp set to fill in white space areas.  I stamped them, and then punched them out with the 1/2″ circle punch (119869).  I could have stamped them directly on the background piece, but wanted them to have the same raised texture as the circles.

  • Sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set (Photopolymer 140697).  I cut it out with the coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits (140619).

  • Circle sizes: 1 3/4″; 1″; 1/2″

Well, I think over my last FIVE blog posts I’ve shared enough card samples using the Moroccan Nights stamp set.  Hope you’ve enjoyed the variety of cards. On Wednesday we’ll move on to another stamp set….Painter’s Palette.  Make sure to stop back then.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Creative Ways to Use Moroccan Nights

By | June 22, 2016

Once I started working with the Moroccan Nights stamp set (Wood 141715, Clear 141718) from Stampin’ Up! I found ALL SORTS of non-traditional ways to use the large medallion image in that stamp set.  For those of you who don’t know me very well, I’ll let you know that I LOVE to think “outside the box” when I am creating.  For some reason, the large image in the Moroccan Nights stamp set really unleashed that creative thinking.  I’ll be sharing four “non-traditional” cards today, and then a few more in my blog post next Monday.

Here’s the first card.  I cut a butterfly shape from the center of the large medallion image.  The stamped design gives a great look to the butterfly.

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

 

For my second card, I used the Layering Squares framelits (141708) to cut the large medallion image into an octagon shape.  When I first saw the layering squares, I wondered if I would find uses for them.  They are fast becoming one of my “go-to” new products.  For this card, I used a scallop square shape, placed it over the stamped image and cut a square.  Then, I rotated the square, so that the remaining four corners would be cut off, creating the octagon.  One word of advice…make sure to take your time lining up the second cut.

 

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Colors are Sahara Sand and Night of Navy (sentiment is stamped on Very Vanilla).

  • I also used the medallion image to create a stamped border piece for the sentiment to sit on. (The two stamped images will overlap in the center…that’s why you place your sentiment over the area!)

  • Sentiment is from the Circle of Spring stamp set (Photopolymer 138964).

  • The Tags and Labels Framelits (138282) was used to cut the sentiment and matte pieces.  Even though this framelit set has been in the catalog for a year (or maybe more)…it just moved onto my radar.  I was sad when the Ticket Punch was retired several years ago.  I LOVED the notched corners it created.  Guess what…the framelits in this set will give you the same look.  Now, how did I miss that??

  • By the way….do you notice how I created this card using the card sketch layout I shared on this blog post?  If you’re counting, that makes SEVEN different card ideas using the same sketch.  And, I still have one more card based on this sketch to share with you on Monday!!  (If you haven’t already, make sure to read my blog post in the link above about how to use sketches.  Sketches will make your card making so much quicker!!)

 

The third and fourth cards I have to share are actually made from the same two pieces…images that are stamped and cut in half.   It’s a technique called positive-negative stamping.  The basic concept is to stamp the same image twice: once with black ink on white paper, and then again with white on black paper (I didn’t use white ink. Instead I used white embossing powder.  Sometimes it’s hard to get a stamped white ink image to look crisp.) Once that’s done, you can cut and combine pieces to create your own unique design.

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

 

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

 

Hope that you have enjoyed the cards that I’ve shared today.  I’d like to encourage you to find new ways to use some of the stamps that you might already own.  I know for me that the more ways I can find to use a stamp set, the better I feel about my purchase!!  If you’d like to order the Moroccan Nights stamp set to add to your stamp inventory, you can order it in my online store.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Emboss Resist Technique & Moroccan Nights

By | June 20, 2016

I’m continuing with sharing cards I created using Moroccan Nights stamp set (Wood 141715, Clear 141718) from Stampin’ Up!  I used the emboss resist technique on each of the cards I’m sharing.  It’s such a quick and easy technique to do and produces fabulous results.  I have a short video on how to do this technique at the end of this post.

The first two cards I have to share came about as I was playing with the new 2016-2018 In-Colors.  Here they are:

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

 

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

Both of these cards follow the exact same layout, except for the colors.  In fact, they follow the same card layout as the sketch I shared in this blog post!!

Project Notes:

Here’s the second card I have to share and it also has the same basic layout as the two cards I shared above.

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

Here’s the final emboss resist technique card I have to share with you.  The background of this card was inspired by a similar card from Amy Konders.

Moroccan Nights Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Sentiment is from Tin of Cards stamp set (Photopolymer 138946 ) and is cut using the Big Shot and Tags and Labels Framelits (138282).
  • The trick to this layout is to stamp and heat emboss your four circles on a full piece of Whisper White card stock using white emboss powder, then cut them into three equal sections (mine are 1 3/4″ x 4″).  Make sure that you keep track of the order of the sections, otherwise your stamped images won’t line up.  Sponge the ink on each section and then attach to the card front.

 

Here’s a short video (less than 5 minutes) that will show you how to do the emboss resist technique.  (I apologize for the blurriness, but I think you will still be able to see how it’s done. I’ve come a long way in my video skills since I recorded this one.)

 

I hope you have enjoyed the projects I’ve shared today.  If you like my visiting blog and seeing the projects I create and share here,  I’d appreciate it if you’d share me with your card making friends.  I love what I do and especially enjoy inspiring others in their card making projects.  Thanks!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

How to Use Card Layouts or Card Sketches

By | June 15, 2016

It’s easy to learn how to use card sketches or card layouts for making handmade cards. Today, I will share four different cards, all designed using the same basic card layout.  I’d will also offer ideas and suggestions for using card layouts in crafting.

As I shared in my last blog post, I’ve really been having too much fun creating all sorts of card using the Moroccan Nights stamp set (Wood 141715, Clear 141718) from Stampin’ Up! so the cards I’m sharing have all been created with that stamp set.

Card Layouts or Card Sketch Ideas are great tools to use in finding ideas and designs for card making.  The purpose of card sketches is simply to provide a design layout idea for card makers to follow.  The sketch has basic shapes and designs drawn on the layout, but no other instructions are given.  One card sketch or pattern can be adapted for many uses by varying stamps or colors used and it’s easy for the card creator to use supplies they already have on hand.

Here’s the first card I made.

 

Moroccan Nights, Stampin' Up!

(Additional supplies used:  Rose Wonder stamp set – 140697; Rose Garden Thinlits – 140619)

And, here is the card sketch I based the card on:

Sketch Diagram for Blog

I’ve labeled the parts of the sketch for the purposes of this blog post, but normally there are very few words or directions that appear on card sketches.  The idea is to take what you own and create a finished card. This means that the sketch may need to be adapted to suit the supplies you have on hand.  Your stamped image may be a bit larger or smaller.  Your ribbon may be thinner or thicker, etc.  Feel free to change a layout idea around…make a round element square, change the number of suggested embellishments, turn the sketch 90 degrees sideways or flip it horizontally or vertically.  On my first card, I changed the shape of the sentiment piece.

Here’s another card I made using the same focal image and card layout.  As you can see, just by changing up the colors, the results were very different.

Moroccan Nights, Stampin' Up!

(Additional supplies used:  Happy Happenings Stamp Set – Wood 138734, Clear 139381; Gold Emboss Powder – 109129; Gold Metallic Thread – 138401; Gold Foil Sheets – 132622; Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits – 135707)

To change it up, I added an extra layer to the sentiment piece and used many strands of gold metallic thread for the border, instead of one solid ribbon or card stock piece.

Here’s a third card I created using this same card layout.

Moroccan Nights, Stampin' Up!

(Additional supplies used:  Wetlands stamp set – Wood 126695, Clear 126697; Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits – 135707; 1/2″ Circle Punch – 119869; Rhinestone Basic Jewels – 119246)

I took a little more artistic license on this card and adapted the layout a bit.  Instead of having just one solid background piece with a matte, I used a square shape for the focal image and then a longer card stock piece for the sentiment (instead of the border).  I also added four smaller images in the corners and on either side of the sentiment.  I placed an extra circle piece in the center of the large image, and topped it with a rhinestone.

Here’s the fourth card I made using this same layout/sketch:

Moroccan Nights, Stampin' Up!

(Additional supplies used: Vellum Cardstock – 101856; 1 1/4″ Circle Punch – 119861; Layering Circles Framelits (3 1/4 Circle) – 141705; White Emboss Powder – 109132; Pearl Basic Jewels – 119247)

This card is back to the basic layout as drawn, but has no background and matte pieces, as well as no sentiment.  The large focal image is actually a cut circle shape, not stamped directly on the card.  Again I added a additional circle  and pearl in the center of the image.

Sketches are great for beginning and experienced card makers.  Card layouts are a great beginning point for beginners, allowing them to create cards without worrying about the aspect of card design.  Instead, they can focus on new techniques and learning about color combinations.  Sketches provide more experienced card makers the opportunity to challenge themselves to work within the boundaries of a layout, using their own creativity to produce a unique project.

I personally keep a file of favorite sketches that I return to again and again in my card making.  I find that my file is a great place to go when I need some creative inspiration to get my juices flowing!! The sketch I shared today is actually one of what I call my “go to” sketches, a layout I frequently use in my card making.

So, here’s my challenge and suggestion to you today.   Try using some card sketches or card layouts in your cardmaking.  As you find those designs that you REALLY like, begin an inspiration file that you can return to again and again.  And, if you have any other suggestions or ideas about using sketches in your card making, feel free to leave them on this post.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”