You’ve Got This Marker Outline Technique

"You've Got This" Stampin' Up! Beebug Creations


Don’t you LOVE simple techniques that can be used for stamping and card making?  I do because they are just that….simple and don’t take a lot of time or tools.  Well, today’s card certainly fits that bill and the technique can be used with almost any stamped image.  But, I think this technique would work best with outlined images that have lots of “white” space.  I don’t know that the technique has an “official” name, but I call it the Marker Outline Technique.

Project Notes:

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You’ve Got This Happy Birthday

"You've Got This" Stampin' Up, BeeBug Creations

I think that birthday cards are the types of occasion cards that I make most often.  Do you also find this true??  During the month of July, I’ll be sharing cards and projects made with the “You’ve Got This” stamp set (Wood 139572, Clear 139575) from  Stampin’ Up!  Customers who have shared their birth month and date with me receive a handmade card in the mail.  The card I’m sharing today is the card those with July birthday received from me this month.

Project Notes:

  • Colors used were 2015-2017 In-Colors Watermelon Wonder and Crushed Cucumber (pg 137).  The BEST deal if you are considering purchasing any of the In-Colors is the Cardstock and Pad kit (138358).  You get all five ink pads and an assorted pack of cardstock colors for $32.50.  If you do the math, the paper pack is FREE!!

  • I stamped the flower with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink (132708), then colored the flower in with Stampin’ Write Markers (138333).  The secret to getting a good look on your coloring is to color in each individual petal section entirely before moving on to another.  That way the ink the you have applied doesn’t have time to “set” and create as much of a coloring line.

  • Teeny Tiny Wishes (Wood 128748, Clear 127802) was the set used for the sentiment.  I didn’t place my flower up high enough on this card (this was the first one I did), so I had to stamp the sentiment onto a scrap of Whisper White and then punch with the Word Window punch (119857).  That way it could go over the bottom of the green stem.  Subsequent cards had the flower placed higher on the Whisper White card stock piece., but keep this fix in mind if you ever run into a similar situation.

  • The Watermelon Wonder 1″ Dotted Lace Trim (138425) was used behind the stamped image and matte for a border.  I think this 1″ Dotted Lace Trim is my FAVORITE ribbon in the catalog.  It’s very easy to work with!

Make sure and check back on my blog during the entire month of July.  I’ll be sharing other card ideas I’ve created using the “You’ve Got This” stamp set and each of them uses a different technique.  I LOVE it when I can get lots of use out of just one stamp set…it makes me feel that I get value for my money!!

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Have fun “Stampin’ it up!”


Bohemian Borders Fun Technique!

"You've Got This", Bohemian Borders Stamipn' Up!

All during the month of June I featured cards and projects made using the Bohemian Borders stamp set (138938) from Stampin’ Up!.  This month I will be featuring many projects I’ve created using the stamp set “You’ve Got This” (Wood 139572, Clear 139575).  Today’s card uses stamps from BOTH sets!!  I love the way I can get such an interesting border to go around my flower image.

Project Notes:

  • Watermelon Wonder is the color used for this card.  I just can’t get enough of this marvelous color!!

  • Flower is from “You’ve Got This” stamp set, sentiment is from Teeny, Tiny Wishes stamp set (Wood 128748, Clear 127802)and border is made using an image from the Bohemian Borders stamp set.

  • Used Circles Collection Framelits (130911) to cut out the flower and matte.

Here’s what the inside of the card looks like.  I absolutely LOVE how easy it is to decorate the inside of my cards using the Bohemian Borders stamp set!!  It looks fabulous, yet is so simple to do!!

"Bohemian Borders"

Wondering how to create that border??  Here’s how I did it.  Start with a piece of cardstock 5 ¼” x 4”.  Find the center on each of the edges and make a light pencil mark on each edge.  Now use a piece of Stampin’ Up! Grid Paper (130148) and line up each pencil mark on a grid line.  This is what is going to help you create your border.  When you stamp the border image, make sure that you line up the bottom of the stamp with the two pencil marks.  You can use the grid lines to help you as well.  Once you have all four lines stamped onto the cardstock, take your trimmer and trim off the corners.  When I trimmed, I cut off just a bit of the stamped design and made sure to trim it the same way on each edge.  That’s it!!  Pretty simple huh??

If you try this “technique” I’d love to know what you think.  Please come back and leave me a comment…maybe even include a photo of your completed project!!

Thanks for stopping and…

Have fun stampin’ it up!


Bohemian Borders Gift Bag

Bohemian Borders, Mini Treat Bag Thinlit, Stampin' Up!

Well, June is drawing to a close and so this will be my LAST post (for now) featuring the Bohemian Borders stamp set (138938).  I hope that you have enjoyed all the projects that I’ve shared, both here on my blog and also on my Facebook page. Today’s project isn’t a card, but came because I asked the question “Is there anything besides a card that I can create with the Bohemian Borders stamp set?”  Sometimes it’s a good thing to ask yourself an open-ended question like that because it leads to fun results!

Project Notes:

  • I used Whisper White card stock (100730) for the bag.  I have found that this makes a nice base for designing the bag front.
  • The texture, row of circles and stamped borders all need to be done BEFORE assembling the bag!
  • The row of holes and cut out words were made using the accessory dies that come with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Die (137547).
  • I attached Delightful Dijon card stock (138338) behind the cut out circles (on the inside of the bag).
  • Colors in this project are Delightful Dijon and Cucumber Crush.  Don’t they look fresh together?
  • Texture on the bag front was made with the Boho Chic embossing folder (138286), a new folder added to the Stampin’ Up! embossing folder collection. (Which, by the way, coordinates with the Bohemian Borders stamp set.)
  • The base of the tag was made with the Note Tag punch (135860).
  • Wondering where I found the Cucumber Crush ribbon??  I made it myself by dragging some White Baker’s Twine (124262) on my Cucumber Crush ink pad (138324).  Watch out though…it’s a messy process and you’ll want to wash your fingers after you get the job done!

I’ve shared lot of Bohemian Borders projects this month.  Which one has been your favorite?  I’d love it if you’d leave me a comment to let me know which one you’d vote for!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Bohemian Borders One More Time!

Bohemian Borders Stampin' Up!

Can you stand seeing another card I made using Stampin’ Up! Bohemian Borders stamp set??  I hope so, because I have another design I’d like to share with you today.  I didn’t use any of the border stamps for this card.  Instead, I decided I wanted to use one of the single images that also come with the stamp set.  I made another card with this same image here.

Project Notes:

  • Crumb Cake is my choice for the card base.  I wanted something neutral in color.
  • The background for the front of my card is a piece of Bohemian Designer Series paper (138446).  Using designer paper as a background is great for making quick and easy cards.  All of the sheets in this designer paper pack have a bold design on one side, and a smaller, more subtle design on the other, so don’t let the bold patterns scare you off!
  • Colors used were chosen based on the designer series paper used: Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry and Delightful Dijon.
  • I stamped the single image from the Bohemian Borders stamp set (138938) on a piece of scrap Very Vanilla card stock, then punched the square using the 1″ square punch (124094).  I made sure that the image was positioned so that I could place it on one of the corners.
  • No ribbon for a border?? No worries!! I used a 1/4″ piece of Bermuda Bay card stock in place of ribbon.

I hope you’ve been enjoying the Bohemian Borders themed cards I’ve been sharing this month.  If you’d like to get the supplies to re-create any of my cards, you can find the products I’ve used in my online store.  I have included the product numbers with links to my online store in all my blog posts this month.

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Bohemian Borders Emboss Resist

Bohemian Borders Stampin' Up!

During the month of June, I’ve been sharing card projects that I have made using the Bohemian Borders stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  This is a great stamp set to use for creating your own backgrounds and borders and today’s project is another example of how you can use this stamp set.  I created my own background piece for this card using the Emboss Resist technique.  The fun thing about this technique is that you can use any colors you’d like for your project!  My card was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest that was created by another demo.

Project Notes:

  • Bohemian Borders (138938) and Fabulous Four (Wood 134171, Clear 134174) were the stamp sets I used to make this card.

  • Emboss resist was the technique used to create the background.  Stamp the image onto your card stock using VersaMark ink (102283), then cover with Clear Embossing Powder (109130).  Set the powder using the Heat Tool (129053).  You will know the powder is set when it becomes glossy looking.  Then use sponge daubers (133773) to add ink to the card stock.  The embossed areas will resist the ink, while the card stock will accept the ink.  Make sure to wipe off the project piece with paper towel when you are done applying the ink, as the ink will sit on top of the embossed areas.

  • Colors used were Cajun Craze, Soft Suede and Delightful Dijon.

Sign up for my mailing list by the end of June (if you haven’t already) and you’ll receive some other project ideas for using the Bohemian Borders stamp set.  The sign up box is in my sidebar.  And, June isn’t over yet, so I will still be sharing several more ideas for using this versatile stamp set here on my blog.  You can see other Bohemian Border card ideas on my Facebook page, so head over there and check those out as well!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”


Bohemian Borders Wedding Card

Bohemian Borders, Stampin' Up!

On Monday, I shared a masculine card I made using the Bohemian Borders stamp set.  You can see that card here. After I completed that card, I challenged myself to create another card that was similar to that first one.  Today’s handmade wedding card was the result of that challenge.

This card uses tone on tone color to create the pattern, which is a great technique to use when you want to have a subtle pattern on your project.  It’s easy to do as well, and if you don’t have the color ink to match your card stock, the same effect can be created by using VersaMark ink (102283).

Project Directions:

  • I chose the new 2015-2017 In-Color Tip Top Taupe as the color for my wedding card.

  • As I did with the card I shared on Monday, I created a border piece using one of the images from the Bohemian Borders stamp set (138938).

  • I used that same image to create a frame for the card sentiment.  You create the frame by first stamping on the edge of the two longest sides of the card stock piece.  In order to stamp the two shorter sides, I just inked up enough of the stamp to fit the area needed.

  • The stamp set For the New Two (Wood 137147, Clear 135155) was used for the card sentiment.

  • The larger heart is punched from Tip Top Taupe card stock using the heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787).

Not only is the Bohemian Borders stamp set a great one to use for card fronts, it also works wonderfully to add patterns to the insides of your cards as well as the envelope.  In the photo of this project, you can get a peek into the card inside.  Also, if you check out the other Bohemian Border cards that I’ve already shared this month, you will see how the stamp set can be used to add a design to the envelope.  If you don’t already decorate your card insides and envelopes I’d encourage you to start.  I think that doing so adds a nice finishing touch to any card project!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Bohemian Borders meets For All Things

Stampin' Up! Bohemian Borders, "For All Things"

The Bohemian Borders stamp set in the 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! catalog coordinates with the Bohemian Designer Series Paper (138446), also found in the catalog.  Because of this, my first inclination when designing with this stamp set was to gravitate toward using the colors in the designer paper.  As I was completing my card projects, I suddenly realized that so many of them were made with the same color combinations over and over and over.  Well, THAT wasn’t good!!!!  We all need some variety in our lives.  So I challenged myself to come up with another color combination and create a masculine card as well.  Today’s project is the result.

Project Notes:

  • I actually fell in LOVE with the color combination I used for this card: Always Artichoke (which, for some reason, is a color I seldom use) and Sahara Sand.  Very Vanilla blended better with these two colors, so I used it instead of Whisper White.

  • I created the border piece by stamping with Always Artichoke ink onto a strip of Sahara Sand card stock.  I like the subdued effect that resulted.  When I attached the border to the card front I mounted it on a piece of Always Artichoke card stock and just allowed a tiny bit of color to peek out on either side.  This helps bring unity to the card.

  • Stamp sets used: Bohemian Borders (138938), Sassy Salutations (Wood 132070, Clear 126707), and “For All Things” (Wood 135152, Clear 135155).

  • By choosing to use a subdued color, the Bohemian Borders stamp set takes on an entirely different tone, becoming more of an accent for projects.  Didn’t I tell you that this is one VERSATILE stamp set???!!

After I created this card (which took about 5 minutes to create once I had the idea in mind), I challenged myself to create ONE more that had a similar feel to it.  Make sure you stop back this Wednesday to see the wedding card I made using Bohemian Borders stamp set.  Until then….

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”


Another Bohemian Happy Birthday

Bohemian Borders, Stampin' Up!

The card I’m sharing today is a quick and easy card to create and it uses one of the single image stamps found in the Bohemian Borders stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  This diamond shaped image found in the stamp set is a fun one to use and works great to create repeating patterns, as I did on today’s project.  The border for this card was inspired by another card I found on Pinterest.

Here’s my project notes:

  • Stamp sets used were Bohemian Borders (138938) and Remembering Your Birthday, sentiment (Wood 131347, Clear 131350).

  • Colors used were Island Indigo and Delightful Dijon.

  • Delightful Dijon 1″ Dotted Lace Trim (138426) was used to accent the stamped border.

  • Here’s a tip on creating the border…make the piece you are stamping on a bit larger than needed.  Start in the middle, stamping one color, then clean your stamp.  Make sure you are lined up with the first stamped image and stamp the next two images using the second color.  Clean the stamp and repeat the process, working outward.  Once your images are all stamped, then trim the width and length.

  • While you’re at it, why not create two or three border strips, as long as you have the ink and stamps out.  Then, this card would even be quicker to put together when needed in the future!!


Here’s a photo of what I did inside this card.

Bohemian Borders Stampin' Up!

That’s all I have to share with you today.  Please leave a comment below to let me know that you stopped.  I appreciate it.  Thanks!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”


Bohemian Happy Birthday

Bohemian Borders Stampin' Up!

Today I’m continuing sharing card projects that I made using the Bohemian Borders stamp set in the new 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! catalog.  This might be a stamp set that is overlooked by many as they browse through the new catalog.  However, this is a GREAT stamp set to use for creating your own patterns and designs!

I LOVE patterns and designs.  When I was a young girl I could sit by the hour coloring designs…it was so relaxing for me!!  And working with the Bohemian Borders stamp set brought back this memory for me.  This stamp set certainly let me exercise my creativity!

On the handmade birthday card I’m sharing today I created my own background using one of the images in  Bohemian Borders.  Creating your own background is a great solution when you don’t have exactly the right color or design of background paper on hand.  I chose to stamp my border images diagonally.  Because this is a photopolymer stamp set, I found that lining up the stamped images is so EASY.  Photopolymer stamps are clear, making it easy to see exactly where you will connect with the previously stamped design.

Project Notes:

I really enjoyed playing with the Bohemian Borders stamp set and I have many more cards to share.  All this month I’ll be sharing those card projects here on my blog so make sure you check back throughout the month for other ideas.

Thanks for taking time to stop…

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Bohemian Sassy Salutations

Stampin' Up! Sassy Salutations

This month on my blog, I’m focusing on Bohemian and featuring some of the great Bohemian themed products you will find in the new 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! catalog. I used some old products with the new to create the birthday card I sent to those customers celebrating their birthday this month.  It’s a quick and easy card to create and assemble.

Project Notes:

  • Stamp sets used were Sassy Salutations (Wood 132070, Clear 126707) and Amazing Birthday  (Wood 134225, Clear 134228).

  • Strips of Bohemian Designer Paper (138446) were used to create the stripes on the card front.  I took my color combination from the colors used in the Designer Paper: Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry and Delightful Dijon.

  • A layered matte created with punches (1 3/4″ Scallop Circle, 119854; 2″ Circle 133782) creates a great way to highlight the stamped birthday cake image.  By the way, the birthday cake image coordinates perfectly with the 1 1/4″ Circle Punch (119861).

  • Background was textured with the NEW Bohemian Chic embossing folder (138286).  What a fun pattern to use on projects!!

Products in the new 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! catalog are now available to order.  If you haven’t already seen the new catalog, you can download a pdf copy to your computer.  There are some fun, new products available and I’m excited to be able to share them with you throughout this upcoming year.  By the way, if you aren’t already following me on Facebook, make sure to “like” my page.  Throughout the month of June, I’ll be sharing some Bohemian themed cards on Facebook that I’m not sharing here on my blog.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Bohemian Borders Birthday Card

Bohemian Borders Stampin' Up!

Products in the new 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! catalog will be available to order tomorrow!!!  As a demonstrator, I was able to pre-order from a selection of the new products that will be available.  Bohemian Borders (138938) was one of the stamp sets made available in the pre-order.  I know that many demonstrators chose not to order this set, but I was drawn to it.  I LOVE playing with patterns and creating my own designs and saw LOTS of potential in this stamp set.  I wasn’t disappointed!! I’ve really had fun playing with it and my blog posts, as well as many of my Facebook posts, will feature projects I’ve made using the Bohemian Borders stamp set.

Today’s card was the very first one I created with Bohemian Borders.  I simply stamped two rows of designs and placed two strips of Bohemian Washi Tape between the stamped rows.  Once I got that far I thought, “How do I finish this one off?”  I decided a simple sentiment from Sassy Salutations (Wood, 132070, Clear 126707) was all it needed.

Project Notes:

  • I chose my color scheme based on the colors in the Bohemian Designer Paper pack (138446).  Colors used were Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, and Delightful Dijon.  The last two colors were Washi Tape.

  • I matted the sentiment, as well as attached it with Stampin’ Dimensionals, because I thought that helped the sentiment to stand out.

Besides the Bohemian Borders stamp set, there are other Bohemian themed coordinating products in the new catalog:  Bohemian Designer Washi Tape (138386), Bohemian Designer Series Paper (138446), and a Boho Chic embossing folder (138286).  Beginning tomorrow, June 2, you can check out these great new products in my online store.

My June newsletter will be sent tomorrow at 1pm.  This month’s issue will include more ideas for using these Bohemian themed Stampin’ Up! products.  You can sign up in the right sidebar of this blog.

I’m so glad you took time to stop…

Have fun “stampin it up!”

Butterfly Thinlits Happy Birthday

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Thinlits Dies

I just have to say how much I LOVE the Butterfly Thinlits Dies (137360)!!!!  They are so much fun to use to create an elegant, yet simple card.  Those customers who have a May birthday (and have shared the date with me) received this card in the mail to help celebrate their birthday.  I really like the way it turned out.

Project Notes:

  • Card colors are Sahara Sand (to coordinate with the Designer Paper) and Calypso Coral.
  • Butterfly Thinlits Die was used to cut out the butterfly.  Make sure to use dryer sheets when cutting out the butterfly.  This technique just makes those little cut out dots pop right out and saves lots of frustration!!  (Here’s a YouTube video I made demonstrating how AWESOME this technique is!!)
  • Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper (137785) is what I used for the background, but any designer series paper with flowers would work well.
  • Sassy Salutations (Wood 132070, Clear 126707) is the stamp used for the sentiment.
  • White Jute Ribbon (137904) is what I used for the border.

I’m happy to say that the Butterfly Thinlits Dies will be carrying over into the new 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog!!  They are (and will be) available as a bundle with the Butterfly Basics stamp set (Wood 139322, Clear 139323).

Thanks for stopping!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Petal Potpourri Happy Birthday

Petal Potpourri Stampin' Up!

This bright and cheery handmade birthday card was a make and take project at a recent workshop/party one of my customers held.  The ladies had fun making this birthday card using the Petal Potpourri stamp set (Wood 137141, Clear 138586) from Stampin’ Up!  It’s a simple and quick card to throw together!

Project Notes:

The flower medallion punch is sold in a bundle with the Petal Potpourri stamp set, at a 15% discount.  Wood bundle (138876) and Clear bundle (138877) are both available.

Well, in just over a week, the NEW 2015-2016 Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog will be live.   Quite a few of the Occasions Catalog products will be found in the new Annual Catalog, but not all of them! There are also quite a few items that will no longer be available after June 2.  Here’s a list of products that are NOT carrying over.  Make sure to check out the list, then head over to my online store to grab those items on your wish list that won’t be carrying over to the new Annual Catalog.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Happy Day with Cheerful Critters

Cheerful Critters Stampin' Up!

Today’s card features the Cheerful Critters stamp set (137932) from the 2015 Occasions catalog, Stampin’ Up!  I discovered this stamp set a bit late, and then found out it wouldn’t be carried forward into the new Annual Catalog, so haven’t had much of a chance to play with it.  Today’s card was one that I created for a workshop demonstration.  The Cheerful Critters stamp set is a PERFECT one to use in creating cards for kids!!  The images are adorable!

Project Notes:

  • Color combination is Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay (all in the Brights Color Collection).

  • Decorative Dots embossing folder (133520) was used to add texture to the card stock behind the stamped image.

  • Confetti Stars Border Punch (135861) was used to create the star border.

  • The critter’s shirt was colored using a Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write marker.

I think this stamp set would be a perfect one to use for creating kid’s birthday cards.  Or, they would be perfect to include on a note tucked inside a lunch box to let your child know you are thinking of them.  Remember, this stamp set will not be carried over, so June 2 is the LAST DAY to order this setYou can find it in my online store.

Thanks for stopping!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”