Fall Inspired Handmade Greeting Cards

By | September 19, 2016

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  I love all the rich colors found in nature this time of year!  There is one image in the Fabulous Flora Hostess exclusive stamp set that speaks “fall” to me.  I remember my mom having some artificial fall branches that she used in her fall decorating that were similar to the look of this image.  They had the “bulbs” on them.  Anyway, that’s the image I used for the two fall themed cards I’m sharing today.

Here’s the first card I’m sharing:

Stampin' Up! Fabulous Flora

Project Notes:

  • Stamp sets used:  Fabulous Flora, hostess exclusive (Wood 141806, Clear 141809) and Tin of Cards (138946, Photopolymer) were the two stamp sets used on this card.

  • The Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (139673) was used to add some texture to the Very Vanilla background card stock.  It adds some visual interest, even though the design doesn’t completely show.

  • The Layering Circles Framelits (141705) are what I used to create the two circles and scalloped mattes.

  • Colors used were Real Red and PeekABook Peach.  Normally these are two colors that I would NOT consider pairing, and I really don’t know what prompted me to try the two together.  However, I think they work really well on this card.  Guess it goes to show that sometimes it’s good to step out of one’s comfort zone!!

  • I used the PeekABoo Peach ruched ribbon (141427) for my bow.

Here’s the second card I have to share using the Fabulous Flora stamp set.

Stampin' Up! Fabulous Flora

Project Notes:

  • My color choice for this card came about when I found a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock laying next to a piece of Delightful Dijon card stock on my work table. It reminded me fall colors, so I worked at creating a card with this color combination.

  • Sentiment for this card is from the Basket of Wishes stamp set (142200, Photopolymer), found in the NEW 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog.

  • The striped designer paper I used for the strip is found in the By the Shore Designer Series Paper Pack (141640).

 

Both of the cards I shared today use non-traditional fall colors.  Another thing these two cards have in common is that the color combinations came about randomly.  More than once, I’ve chosen color combinations for my projects based on scraps lying randomly together in my work area.  Sometimes, I will take small card stock scraps of these colors and staple them together to remind myself of the color combination.

 

CHALLENGE TO YOU…

I’d encourage you to be aware of the scraps and items laying together randomly in your work area and see if any of the color combinations are ones that appeal to you.

Thanks so much for taking time to visit…I really appreciate it!!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

 

More Swirly Bird Inspiration

By | September 14, 2016

On Monday I shared some cards that had been made by a demonstrator friend using the Swirly Bird stamp set (141749) and coordinating Swirly Scribbles Thinlits dies (141497).  (You can find that post here.)  Well, I borrowed the stamp set and thinlits from her in order to create some of my own cards and I’m sharing them today.

Here’s the first card….simple and sweet.

Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird

Project Notes:

  • The Swirly Scribbles Thinlits were what I used to make the tree “leaves” for this card idea.  Tree trunk is punched using the Tree Builder Punch (138295). Heart is punched using the Owl Builder punch (118074).

  • Sentiment is from Love and Affection stamp set (141545, Photopolymer).

  • I found this idea on Pinterest.

 

 

I went with a fall/halloween theme on my second card.

Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird

Project Notes:

  • The Swirly Scribbles Thinlits were used to make the circles for the “pumpkins”.  The leaves and stems were stamped using the Swirly Bird stamps.

  • Sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (Wood 128748, Clear 127802) then punched with the Duet Banner Punch (141483).  The edges of the banner were sponged with Tangerine Tango.

  • The corner border piece is part of the border die from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.

  • Colors used:  Tangerine Tango and Emerald Envy.

 

 

This third card is the whole reason that I borrowed the Swirly Bird stamp set and coordinating Swirly Scribbles Thinlits dies in the first place.  I saw a card where someone had made pinwheels from the triangular stamp shape and wanted to try it myself.  Here’s what I came up with:

Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird

Project Notes:

  • Color Combination:  Dapper Denim, Tempting Turquoise and Flirty Flamingo.  Isn’t this a bright, cheerful combo?!!

  • It’s easy to make the pinwheels because the Swirly Bird stamps are perfectly clear, allowing you to see through to where you need to place the stamp!!  I stamped the four pinwheel spokes on the same piece of card stock, then cut them out by hand.

  • The center diagonal strip is a narrow piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock.

  • Sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set (140697, Photopolymer).

  • White Perfect Accent (138416) is placed in the center of the pinwheels.

 

 

If you are interested in purchasing these products to add to your crafting collection, you can find them in my online store.  Each product is sold separately, but can also be purchased in a bundle (142353) – saving 10% over the cost of purchasing each of the products separately.  I’d suggest the bundle because you KNOW you are going to want to use both products together!! Might as well save some money in the process.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate each of you who take the time to visit.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Swirly Bird Card Inspiration

By | September 12, 2016

Wow!  Based on all the card samples I’m seeing on Pinterest and the internet, the Swirly Bird stamp set must be the MOST popular stamp set in the new SU Annual Catalog.  I can see why.  The abstract images in the stamp set can be used to create almost anything you can imagine.  And, the fun shapes in the coordinating Swirly Scribbles thinlits are so versatile as well!!  Today I’m going to jump on the band wagon and share some Swirly Bird ideas too.

This isn’t a stamp set that I purchased, so the samples I’m sharing are ones made by another demonstrator friend, Brenda Cardinal.

Here’s the first one.

Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird

Project Notes:

  • This card is done using only the Swirly Bird stamp set (141749).  It seems like it would go together quickly and easily.

  • Sentiment is found in the One Big Meaning stamp set (Wood 138788, Clear 139420).

  • Color combination is PeekABoo Peach, Flirty Flamingo and Cucumber Crush and makes for a bright, cheerful feel to the card.

Here’s the second card she made, but using only the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits (141497).

Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird

Project Notes:

  • Colors are Real Red, Emerald Envy and Chocolate Chip.

  • Sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (Wood 128748, Clear 127802).  The Classic Label Punch (141491) was used to punch the words.  A second classic label shape was punched from Chocolate Chip card stock and cut in half to create the color points at the tips.

  • The Swirly Scribbles circle is an apple, making it a perfect card to give to a teacher that is retiring.  However, it would also be a great card to give to a teacher to welcome the beginning of the school year.  Or, how about a set of these cards with a “thanks” theme, given as a gift to a teacher?? 

  • Other details:  Emerald Envy ribbon was used as an accent.  Elegant Dots Embossing Folder was used to add some detail on the red card stock (left edge only).

Make sure to stop back here on Wednesday when I will have three more card projects using this same product bundle…Swirly Bird stamp set and coordinating Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.

Until then…

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Fall Card Making Inspiration

By | September 7, 2016

Fall is a wonderful time of year.  I love the rich fall colors found in nature.  They provide such great inspiration for making cards.  In this blog post, I have some fall-themed handmade cards I’m excited to be sharing.

 

My first fall card was inspired by a layout I saw using a retired Stampin’ Up! stamp set.  I modified my card so I could use a current Stampin’ Up! stamp set, Vintage Leaves.

Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves

Project Notes:

  • I used one of the leaf images from the Vintage Leaves stamp set (138802, Photopolymer) and cut them out using the coordinating Leaflets Framelits (138283).  I placed them vertically, at angles, on a strip of Whisper White card stock to make them look like they were falling.

  • Colors for this card are Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.

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

  • Designer paper I used for the border is found in the new 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog.  It’s called Petals and Paisleys (142017) and is a PERFECT designer paper pack to use for fall themed cards!!

 

I also decided to copy a couple of fall card ideas from the annual Stampin’ UP! catalog.

Here’s the first copycat card found on page 37.  My layout is exactly the same as the card in the catalog!!  It also features the Vintage Leaves stamp set (138802, Photopolymer).

Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves

Project Notes:

 

Here’s the other fall themed catalog card I re-created from the Stampin’ Up! catalog (page 156).

Stampin' Up! Petal Burst Embossing Folder

Project Notes:

  • The first thing I want to say about this card is takes quite a bit of time to create (even though it is beautiful).  Each of the embossed petals is colored using the AquaPainter (103954) and is time consuming to color.  If I were to create this card again, I’d emboss and color a smaller piece of card stock to use as an ACCENT on my project.  That would decrease the time factor by quite a bit.

  • Colors: Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede.

  • I didn’t have the Labeler Alphabet stamp set (141936) shown in the catalog sample, so I created my own design.  I did use the same leaf branch from the Falling Flowers stamp set (Wood 139553, Clear 139556) and cut the branch out with the coordinating May Flowers Framelits (140276).

  • Sentiment on my card is from the Wetlands stamp set (Wood 126695, Clear 126697) and I mounted it on a piece of Soft Suede card stock cut using the Lots of Labels Framelits (138281).

  • I used the ” burlap ribbon (141487) for the border.

Now that fall is upon us, we know that the holidays aren’t too far behind.  You can now order products from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog and get a jump on your holiday projects.  There are MANY great new stamps and products to choose from, but here’s my advice….choose the one or two items that you REALLY want this holiday season and order them right away.  Get to work on those holiday projects as soon as your order is delivered so time doesn’t sneak by like last year!!  Here’s a link to my online store.  You can click on the catalog link in my side bar to access a pdf version of the holiday catalog.

Thanks for taking time to stop by for a visit.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

5 Product Picks in the 2016 SU Holiday Catalog

By | September 5, 2016

The 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog has LOTS of great new products.  There are so many new stamp sets that include coordinating punches or Big Shot framelits/thinlits as well as new designer papers and embellishments.  However, I don’t want the excitement of seeing the new “big” items to cause you to miss 5 new (and not so obvious) product offerings from Stampin’ Up!

GLITTER STAMPIN’ EMBOSS POWDER

Glitter Stampin' Emboss Powder

Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder comes in TWO colors: Real Red (142635) and Emerald Envy (142668).  If you like to heat emboss you are going to want to add these products to your crafting stash.  This is embossing powder with GLITTER and it creates beautiful sparkly stamped images.  It is found on page 7 of the Holiday Catalog.  The two background papers you see in the photo were created using the embossing powder and the Seasonal Decorative Masks (141848) found on page 43.

 

 

SETS OF TWO STAMPIN’ WRITE MARKERS

Markers

 

One new product offering in this catalog is the availability of single color markers  that coordinate with the designer paper pack colors (sold in pairs, one each of two colors).  They are found on page 5 (Real Red and Crumb Cake, 141973), page 13 (Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green, 141972), and page 53 (Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive, 142032).  This is a great, affordable way to add single color markers from various color collections to your coloring tools without having to purchase the entire color collection pack of markers.  The colors offered are basic ones you will use again and again.

 

12″ x 12″ COLORED CARD STOCK PACKS

12 x 12 colored cardstock from Stampin' Up!

 

Another new product offering in this catalog is the availability of COLORED 12″ x 12″ paper packs.  (The only colors of 12″ x 12″ card stock available in the annual catalog are Basic Black and Whisper White.)  As with the markers above, the 12″ x 12″ card stock in the Holiday Catalog coordinates with the colors in the designer paper packs.  If you are a fan of 12″ x 12″ card stock, this will be a great way to purchase a variety of colors.   12″ x 12″ paper is found on page 5 (Real Red, 141982), page 13 (Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green, 141992) and page 51 (Basic Gray and Pumpkin Pie, 142023).

 

COPPER FOIL SHEETS

Copper Foil Sheet Stampin' Up!

 

Don’t miss the NEW Copper Foil Sheets (142020, page 47).  These come in 12″ x 12″ size and coordinate with the Copper Embossing Powder (141636) Stampin’ Up! offers.  The copper color also coordinates with the specialty designer series paper that have copper foil in the designs: Petals & Paisleys (142017 Holiday Catalog, page 47) and Affectionately Yours (141632 Annual Catalog, page 172).

 

FANCY FROST DESIGNER SERIES PAPER

Fancy Frost Designer Series Paper

The last product I’d like to highlight is the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (142014, page 37).  This is a white on white design 12″ x 12″ paper that has TEXTURE!!  Each sheet has a raised design on it, like it has been run through the Big Shot using an embossing folder.  The designs are delicate and can be used as they are for a white on white look.  If you want to add color, simply sponge with ink.  The raised texture will be inked and the lower part stays somewhat white (see the photo below).

 

Fancy Frost Designer Series Paper

 

Which of these new products are you the most excited about?? I’d love it if you’d leave a comment to let me know.(The comment link is at the TOP of this post.  If you are reading on my home page, you will need to click into this specific blog post to leave a comment.)  The products I shared today (and any other Stampin’ Up! catalog products) are available for purchase in my online store.

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!!

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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!”