Tips to Make Papercrafting Easier

By | February 23, 2018

Getting great tips to make papercrafting easier is one of the benefits of being on my mailing list.  My newsletter is sent out each Tuesday.  I share tips and tricks for using Stampin’ Up! stamps and tools as well as explore “back to the basics” topics.  My goal is to help make your crafting time stress-free and fun!!

One month subscribers learned how to get rid of dots that are sometimes left after die cutting.

I won’t leave you guessing…here’s the secret.  Run the die cut back through the Big Shot using only the platform and cutting plates.  The pressure from the Big Shot roller causes the dots to flatten out.

If you’d like to get more tips like this, sign up for my newsletter using the form at the top of the blog right side bar.  See you on the other side!!

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Simple Watercolor Stamping

By | February 21, 2018

The Lots of Lavender stamp set (147194) is a great way to add simple watercolor stamping to your card projects.  This stamp set is available from Stampin’ Up! as a Sale-A-Bration product pick, so you can earn it free with a $50 regular catalog product purchase (until March 31, 2018).

This stamp set is so easy to use.  Stamp the outline image onto your cardstock using black (or gray) ink.  Then, use the solid stamp images in the set to fill in the outline areas with color.  Can’t be much easier than that!!

Here’s a basic card that shows simple watercolor stamping using the Lots of Lavender stamp set.

Simple Watercolor Stamping

PROJECT DETAILS:

  • Notice how the filled in colors look like watercoloring.
  • I used a notecard for this project.  I still think the Notecards and Envelopes (131527) are one of the BEST values in the Stampin’ Up! catalog!!
  • Sentiment is from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set (143666)
  • Colors used: Flirty Flamingo, Tempting Turquoise, Lemon Lime Twist.

 

Here’s a video that demonstrates how to stamp the image in the card above.

 

Here’s my online store link I mentioned in the video

 

 

I received this card in a recent swap.  It was made by Carmen McNamara.

Simple Watercolor Stamping

PROJECT DETAILS:

  • Instead of watercoloring, the flower image was colored with Stampin’ Blends.  But, it could just as easily been watercolored with the coordinating stamps.
  • The textured top and bottom panels were made with Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (141656).
  • Flower image and matte were cut using the Lots of Labels Framelits (138281).
  • Project colors: Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive.

 

Here’s another simple watercolor stamping card, this time using the second image that’s included in the Lots of Lavender stamp set.

Simple Watercolor Stamping

PROJECT DETAILS:

  • The flower image on this card is an image in the Lots of Lavender stamp set, but the sentiment comes from the Perennial Birthday stamp set (Wood 145757, Clear 145760).
  • Other products used: Petal Pair embossing folder, Linen Thread (104199).
  • Project colors are Powder Pink, Wild Wasabi and Sweet Sugarplum.

 

Here’s my last simple watercolor stamping card for today.

Simple Watercolor Stamping

PROJECT DETAILS:

  • The idea and technique for this card came from Brian King.
  • Here’s how I did the Chalk Marker Technique

I stamped the image with Basic Black ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.

Once the ink dried, I colored in all of the images with my White Stampin’ Chalk Marker (132133).

Once that dried, I used Stampin’ Write Markers and colored over the petals with Sweet Sugarplum and the leaves with Pear Pizzazz.

 

Which one of these simple watercolor stamping projects is YOUR favorite??

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Remakes of Favorite Card Layouts

By | February 19, 2018

We all have our favorite card layouts that we return to over and over again.  Today I’m sharing two remakes of favorite card layouts that I recently created.

When a Stampin’ Up! catalog retires, I always sort through my sample cards and pull out the ones that use retiring product.  As I was sorting card samples from the recently retired 2017 Holiday catalog, I came across two card designs that I liked and wanted to re-create with NEW product from the Sale-a-Bration and 2018 Occasions catalogs.

Here’s the first of my two remakes of favorite card layouts:

Remakes of Favorite Card Layouts

PROJECT NOTES:

Here’s the original card I made:

Remakes of Favorite Card Layouts

 

 

Continuing on with remakes of favorite card layouts, here’s my second card remake:

Remakes of Favorite Card Layouts

PROJECT NOTES:

  • This card layout is a fun way to use designer paper patterns.  I had made a Christmas themed card with this layout using the carryover Labels to Love stamp set (Wood 144970, Clear 144967).  I used two different stamps from that same stamp set on this card.
  • The label was punched with the carryover Everyday Label Punch (144668).
  • I call this card “How to fix a stamping mistake“.  When I stamped the “thanks” on this card, it didn’t get centered exactly the way that I would have liked.  The sentiment placement on th elabel looked off balance.  Instead of stamping the entire piece again, I took a small piece of designer paper and attached it below, creating an embellishment and making it look as though the word were underlined.  This balanced the sentiment piece.  Remember, there is usually a creative way to fix any stamping mistake!!
  • I used the Bubbles & Fizz designer paper (147244) on this card.  One of the sheets has bottle caps on it, so I punched them out with a 1″ circle punch (119868).  They make the perfect element for this card!
  • Whisper White cardstock square measures 3 1/2″.

Here’s my original Christmas themed card:

Remakes of Favorite Card Layouts

 

 

I have a challenge for you today.  Find a card layout that you have created in the past and try to remake that same layout with different stamps and papers.  Then, post it here in the comments section.

I hope you enjoyed the remakes of favorite card layouts that I shared today.

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Handmade Stampin’ Up! Valentine Card Ideas

By | February 14, 2018

I decided it would be fun to look back over previous year’s blog posts and find some favorite handmade Stampin’ Up! Valentine card ideas to share with you to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

I certainly enjoyed scrolling back through the years and walking down memory lane as I remembered some of the Valentine stamp sets from the past.

Here’s the first of the handmade Stampin’ Up! Valentine card ideas I have to share:

Handmade Stampin' Up! Valentine Card Ideas

I created the mosaic look on the heart shape by using some leftover designer paper scraps.  Here’s the original post: It’s time for Hearts

 

This was a handmade Stampin’ Up! Valentine card I shared back in 2013.  It used the Circle Card Thinlit Die that Stampin’ Up! used to sell.

handmade Stampin' Up! Valentine card ideas

Here’s the original post: Valentines Day Wishes

 

In 2014 I shared this cascading card project.  I still have this card and use it as a Valentine’s Day decor item for my home.

Here’s the original post: Cascading Hearts A Flutter Card

 

I remember this being an all time favorite Valentine card for me.  I love the soft pink monochromatic color, the subtle texture and the cute bow to finish off the card.

Handmade Stampin' Up! Valentine Card Ideas

Here’s the original post: Bow Builder Punch Heart Card

 

Last year my favorite Valentine stamp set was Sealed with Love.  Here are two mini cards I made with it:

Valentines Day handmade Cards

Here’s the original post: Final Sealed with Love Handmade Card Ideas

 

I’ve enjoyed this walk down memory lane as I’ve shared some handmade Stampin’ Up! Valentine card ideas from the past.  Did you enjoy the trip as well?  Which was your favorite card?

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Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas Squared

By | February 12, 2018

Today I’m back with Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas squared.  What’s that you ask??  Party Panda card ideas using square frames.

Square frames are a great accent to use on your cards, and they are very easy to create using the Layering Squares Framelits Dies (141708).  You create the frame by placing two nested dies on the cardstock before putting through the Big Shot.  Here’s what it looks like:

 

And, here’s my first Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas squared card

Stampin' Up! Party Pandas Squared

PROJECT NOTES:

  • To create a bit of movement and interest, I tilted the frame at an angle.  It makes the card seem a bit more playful.
  • The “bamboo” background was created with the Artistically Asian stamp set (Wood 141778, Clear 141781).  I repeatedly stamped the branches onto the cardstock using Old Olive ink.  I always stamped so that the “bottom” of the branches were off the edge of the cardstock (hope that makes sense).
  • The panda friend was fussy cut, and I cut off the balloon.  There is a small white line on his balloon arm, which I filled in with a black marker.
  • Sentiment is punched with a 1/2″ circle punch (119869) and popped up with a Stampin Dimensional (104430).

 

Here’s the second card using Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas squared.

Stampin' Up! Party Pandas Squared

PROJECT NOTES:

  • This card was a swap from Shari Caspers.  I love the color combination she chose…pink and black.  Such striking colors together!
  • The black frame on this card was created as described above.  However, the outside square frame was the 2 5/8″ square frame from the Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372).  The inside square is from the Layering Squares Framelits Dies.
  • The panda image square is also cut using smaller square in the Stitched Framelits Dies.
  • Sentiment is punched with the Classic Label Punch (14491).
  • Background texture was made with the  Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143709).  The black dots were punched with the 1/2″ Circle punch and raised with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

Visit these posts if you’d like more Party Panda inspiration:

Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas

Fun with Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas

 

Visit my online store and purchase $50 of Stampin’ Up! product if you’d like to add these adorable critters to your stamp collection.  You can then choose them as you FREE Sale-A-Bration pick.

What do you think of Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas squared? 

 

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Fun with Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas

By | February 7, 2018

I’m back today sharing more fun with Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas, the adorable panda bear set you can get FREE during Sale-a-Bration.

Remember the “Hey Chick” stamp set from last year’s Sale-A-Bration event??  Well, I think this is the “Hey Chick” stamp set for 2018!!  There are SO MANY cute ways to use these adorable critters!!

Here’s my first card fun with Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas.  This is one of the make and take cards we made at my product premiere event.

Fun with Stampin' Up! Party Pandas

PROJECT NOTES:

  • This cute little card was made with a new Stampin’ Up! product…Whisper White Narrow Notecards & Envelopes (145583).  These fun cards measure 2 1/2″ x  4 1/2″ and come with envelopes. (Note – they are too small to be mailed through the postal service, unless you place them in a larger envelope.)
  • The background paper on this card is also a FREE Sale-A-Bration product… Bubbles and Fizz Designer Paper (147244).
  • Sentiment is punched with the Classic Label Punch (141491).
  • I colored the balloon using the lighter Old Olive Stampin’ Blend Marker (144574).  It isn’t a perfect match for the Lemon Lime Twist color in the paper, but it matches closely.  I created the balloon “highlight” spot using the Color Lifter (144608).

 

Following with the same color theme, here’s another fun with Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas card project.

Fun with Stampin' Up! Party Pandas

PROJECT NOTES:

  • I think the position of this panda image makes it seem like he’s juggling, so I used some of the Tutti-Frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins (145609) to create my card.  I love the fact that these sequins already have the glue dots on the back of them!!
  • The wide washi tape in the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape (144166) makes a great border for any card.  I simply placed it on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and it looks like a pattern paper piece.

 

Well, that’s all the fun with Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas that I have to share with you today.  I have one more blog post planned using these cute little fellas, so make sure to stop back next Monday.

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Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas

By | February 5, 2018

Today I’m sharing some cards using the Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas stamp set.  This is probably one of the most popular of the 2018 Sale-A-Bration product choices, and I’m seeing these cute little pandas everywhere!!  I thought I’d get in on the “panda”-monium!!  (HA HA).

There are three adorable Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas in the stamp set (Wood 147218, Clear 147221).  I’m using just one of them on the cards I’m sharing today.

Here’s the first card.

PROJECT NOTES:

  • The stars designer paper is one of the designs in the FREE Bubbles and Fizz Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper (147244).  I paired it with the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (135315) and a strip of Myths & Magic Specialty Washi Tape (145602) from the Occasions Catalog to give the card a sparkly feel.  I placed the Washi Tape on a strip of Smokey Slate cardstock to create the border.
  • This little panda friend fits perfectly inside the Starburst Punch (143717).  Glitter paper matte was cut with the Layering Circles Dies (141705).
  • I tried a fun technique on the sentiment…cutting the words apart.  I’ve noticed this technique many times but never think to use it.  In this case, necessity was the catalyst…it wouldn’t fit any other way!!
  • Color Combination: Bermuda Bay and Smokey Slate.

 

Here’s my second card using the Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas. I think this card would make a cute Valentine for a child.

Stampin' Up! Party Pandas

PROJECT NOTES:

  • I created my own background on this card using the confetti stamp in the Party Pandas stamp set.  Notice that it only goes up to the border and not below.  I stamped using VersaMark ink.
  • Just as I did on my first card, I created my own border using cardstock and Washi Tape.  This Washi Tape pattern is found in pack of Pick a Pattern Washi Tape (144166).  The strips were really narrow, so I increased their impact by using two strips on a wider piece of Whisper White cardstock.
  • The black heart was cut with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits (141707).

 

Are you falling in love with these sweet Party Pandas??  If so, the ONLY way to get them is by purchasing $50 of Stampin’ Up! product from any Stampin’ Up! catalog.  During Sale-A-Bration, you can choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration product for every $50 you spend, and these cute little fellas are one of the choices!!  Shop my online store and then choose these guys (Party Pandas: Wood 147218 , Clear 147221) as your “prize”.

I’ll be sharing more ideas using the Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas on Wednesday, so stop back then!

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Sign up for my Stampin’ Up! Mailing List

By | February 2, 2018
Sign up for my Stampin' Up! Mailing List

Customers who sign up for my Stampin’ Up! mailing list receive a weekly email from me.  My newsletter is a great source of ongoing creative inspiration.  I send a project idea almost every week and include step-by-step directions to make it.

My “style” is easy to make projects that look great but don’t require lots of time or product to create. The card featured below is one of the projects I’ve sent in a past newsletter.

 

 

You can sign up for my mailing list using the form at the top of the right sidebar.  I’m looking forward to connecting with you!!

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Handmade Stampin’ Up! Valentines Treat Boxes

By | January 31, 2018

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that Valentine’s Day is certainly about candy and chocolate.  Today I’m going to share some handmade Stampin’ Up! Valentines treat boxes that can be used to give candy to your Valentine.

My first box is REALLY quick and easy to put together.  It’s great for last minute Valentine gifts.

Handmade Stampin' Up! Valentines treat boxes

PROJECT NOTES:

 

Here’s the next item in the parade of handmade Stampin’ Up! Valentines treat boxes.

Handmade Stampin' Up! Valentines treat boxes

PROJECT NOTES:

  • This cute little treat gift was made with the Scallop Tag Topper punch (133324).  Start with a 2″ x 7″ designer paper piece.  Score at 2 1/2″ and 4″.  Punch each end with the Tag Topper punch, fold on the score lines.  Can’t get much easier than that!!
  • I used the Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (145580) on this project.  The treat holder is tied with a piece from the Love Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack (145588).
  • Wrap the Hershey Nuggets with pieces of designer paper that measure 1″ x 3″ and attach with glue dots.
  • The heart on the front of the candy wrapping was cut from Rich Razzleberry cardstock using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies.  Here’s another view of the treat holder, this time with the candy inside.

Handmade Stampin' Up! Valentines treat boxes

 

Who doesn’t love the Conversation Candy Hearts??  Here’s a fun way to give some candy hearts on Valentine’s Day.

PROJECT NOTES:

  • Bag topper is a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 2″ x 2 1/2″.  Score at 1″ on the 2″ side and fold to cover the top of the bag.
  • The heart image is in the Heart Happiness stamp set.  I stamped it with Powder Pink ink and cut using the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies (145653).  The sentiment is in the Birthday Blooms stamp set (Wood 140655, Clear 140658) and is stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink.
  • I used a piece of ribbon from the Love Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack to tie a bow.
  • And, in case you’re wondering, Stampin’ Up! sells the cello bags as well.  (2″ x 8″ Cellophane Bags, 141703)

 

Here’s my last handmade Valentines treat box. I made it using the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies.  I have a video below the photo that shows how I made the box.

Handmade Stampin' Up! Valentines treat boxes

 

VIDEO NOTE:  This was a Facebook Live video.  I’m pretty new to FB Live, so am still learning about some of the technical aspects.  I know that the words and projects appear backwards in the video and that there is also lots of glare on the paper.  It is a learning curve for me, so I will be correcting these things in the future.

 

 

 

You still have time to order any of these products for Valentine’s Day.  Visit my online store to place your order.

Hope that you enjoyed the handmade Stampin’ Up! Valentines treat boxes I had to share today.  Which one is your favorite??

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Stampin’ Up! Window Box Valentines

By | January 29, 2018

I’m continuing with my Valentines theme and today I have some Stampin’ Up! window box valentines to share.

The Window Box Thinlits dies (142762) were first introduced in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  The framelits themselves cut out pieces for a box.  Included are pieces for cutting designs in the box sides.  One of those pieces has a heart shaped design and that’s what I used on my cards today.

Here’s my first Stampin’ Up! window box valentines card:

Stampin' Up! window box valentines

PROJECT NOTES:

  • This simple Valentine card really shows off the small heart die cut shapes.  The large heart was cut using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits (141707).
  • The scalloped border edges were made with one of the dies in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits (143751).  This die creates an AWESOME border!!
  • I used the Petal Palette Bundle (Wood 145973, Clear 145974) for the sentiment and die cut shape.
  • Heart shapes from the Brights Enamel Shapes (141680) pack were used for embellishments.

 

The second card I have to share has a quilt theme to it.

Stampin' Up! window box valentines

PROJECT NOTES:

  • The heart piece from the Window Box Thinlits was used to cut four quilt squares.  I used the 1 3/4″ square shape from the Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372) for the squares.  They are mounted on a 3 5/8″ Cherry Cobbler square.
  • Sentiment and die cut matte were again created with the Petal Palette bundle.
  • Embellishments include Metallic Enamel Shapes (141678) and a Linen Thread (104199) bow.

 

I really had fun creating my third Stampin’ Up! window box valentines card.

Stampin' Up! window box valentines

PROJECT NOTES:

  • I used the Window Box Thinlits to create a border for this card.  It was a tricky process and took me about three tries to get it right.  The die cuts just BARELY fit four times on the 5 1/2″ strip.  If they aren’t lined up just right, the result doesn’t look good!!
  • I made the stamped heart background using the Heart Happiness stamp set (145769).  I stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
  • Sentiment is from the Petal Palette stamp set and cut with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits.
  • Card color is Powder Pink.

 

Here are my other Valentine inspiration card posts for 2018:

Traditional Handmade Valentine Cards

Non-Traditional Handmade Valentine Cards

I hope you found some inspiration in the Stampin’ Up! window box valentines I shared today.

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Non-traditional Handmade Valentine Cards

By | January 24, 2018

On Monday I shared some traditional handmade Valentine cards.  I guess you could call the cards I’m sharing today non-traditional handmade Valentine cards.

The reason I’m calling them non-traditional handmade Valentine cards is because I didn’t use the colors red and white, which is what we typically think of for Valentines.

Here’s the first one of my non-traditional handmade Valentine cards.

Non-traditional Handmade Valentine Cards

PROJECT NOTES:

 

The design idea for this next non-traditional handmade Valentine card came from a similar card made by Mary Fish.

Non-traditional Handmade Valentine Cards

PROJECT NOTES:

 

The last of my non-traditional handmade Valentine cards would be PERFECT for the man in your life.

Non-traditional Handmade Valentine Cards

PROJECT NOTES:

  • I wanted to use some of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (144177) because I had seen several heart themed cards using wood grained hearts.  I chose a white grained wood design for this card.
  • The large heart is popped up using Foam Adhesive Strips (141825) to add some depth and dimension to the card.
  • I cut the heart shape from the center of a 4″ x 4 1/2″ piece of designer paper.  I then used the Burlap Background stamp (Wood 143979, Clear 143982) to add the look of texture to the die cut heart piece.
  • I also stamped the burlap design on the designer paper border piece at the bottom of the card.
  • Sentiment and die cut shape come from the Petal Palette bundle (Wood 145973, Clear 145974).
  • Stamped heart is from the Wood Words stamp set (Wood 143925, Clear 143928) and is cut with the coordinating Wood Crate Framelits (143730).  These two items are also sold together in the Wood Words bundle (Wood 145315, Clear 145316).
  • The stamped heart is mounted on a 1 1/4″ punched circle with a piece of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon (141487) as an accent.
  • Non-traditional Valentine color is Crumb Cake.

 

Visit my online store if you want to purchase any of these products to make your own Valentines.  Otherwise, make sure to stop back next week when I’ll be continuing to share more Valentine inspiration.

I hope you enjoyed the non-traditional handmade Valentine cards I shared today.

 

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Traditional Handmade Valentine Cards

By | January 22, 2018

It’s the time of year when card makers start thinking about sending traditional handmade Valentine cards.  Before I retired, I always made Valentines for those at my workplace.  Now I have less of a need, but still like to make some heart themed cards around this time of year.

The three cards I’m sharing today have a traditional handmade Valentine feel with their red and white theme.  I love the fresh, crisp look of these colors together!

My dilemma was this: Stampin’ Up! only has two heart themed stamp sets in the Occasions Catalog and other than these, nothing else Valentine specific.  As a result, I went with heart themed cards and none of them with a “Happy Valentine’s Day” sentiment.  However, each of these cards can easily be adapted to use on the day of hearts by changing out the sentiments.

Here’s the first of my traditional handmade Valentine cards.  This is a quick and easy make!

PROJECT NOTES:

  • Heart was cut using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies (141707).  I used the largest size on this card because I wanted the heart to be the focal point.
  • The texture was added using the Sweetheart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143705).  You may wonder how I covered the entire piece with texture.  The die cut heart fits at an angle in the CORNER of the embossing folder.  That’s why the texture runs at an angle.
  • Sentiment is from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set (Wood 143852, Clear 143855).  This could easily be replaced with “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

 

Here’s Valentine card number two:

traditional handmade Valentine cards

PROJECT NOTES:

  • All the hearts on this card were made with the Heart Happiness stamp set (145769) in the Occasions Catalog.  This stamp set has a nice variety of hearts that can be used for ANY occasion!!  And, most hearts can be cut out using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies.
  • Sentiment words are found in the Petal Palette stamp set (Wood 145785, Clear 145788).  After stamping, I cut them apart in order for them to fit on the card piece.  Again, you can change the sentiment to “Happy Valentine’s Day!”
  • Row of hearts was cut using the heart border die in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (137547).  If you don’t have this die, you could also use punched heart shapes to create the border.
  • The top dotted border was made using one of the dies in the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies (144678).  This awesome die creates the neatest borders!!

 

Here’s my last card in today’s parade of traditional handmade Valentine cards.  (The silver foil made this one hard to photograph.)

traditional handmade Valentine cards

PROJECT NOTES:

  • I created this card using some leftover Christmas season die cut pieces!!  The top and border pieces are cut with the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies (same die set I used for the border in my last card).  I love their lacy borders and they spoke to me of Valentines.
  • Adding the die cut red hearts quickly created the Valentine theme.  All hearts were cut using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies.
  • The center die cut element is found in the Petals & More Thinlits Dies (145655), which coordinate with the Petal Palette stamp set.  (Both items can be purchased together in a bundle, Wood 145973, Clear 145974).

 

I know that none of these cards have the “Happy Valentine’s Day!” sentiment, but any one of these card ideas could easily be used as a Valentine just by changing the sentiment.

I hope you enjoyed the traditional handmade Valentine cards I shared with you today.  I will have more Valentine inspiration on Wednesday, so make sure to stop back then!

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Endless Possibilities with Happy Wishes

By | January 17, 2018

There are so many endless possibilities with Happy Wishes, a free product choice during Sale-A-Bration.  This is a such a versatile stamp set.  You can create endleess sentiments with this one stamp set, simply a must-have!

Endless Possibilities with Happy Wishes

As you can see, there are two large words that can be combined so many different ways with the other script style words included in the stamp set.

 

Quite often when I’m “playing” with a stamp set for the first time, I’m more interested in techniques and ideas than with color.  For that very reason, all my cards today use Basic Black and Whisper White.   It was an easy “go-to” color combination and creates a formal sophisticated look, which I think matches with the style of this stamp set.

 

Background texture is one of the tricks to use in order to create endless possibilities with Happy Wishes.  That’s what I used on my first card.

Endless Possibilities with Happy Wishes

 

 

I used background texture on my second card too.   But I employed another trick as well…cutting the words apart into rectangles, then mounting them separately.

Endless Possibilities with Happy Wishes

The texture strip was made with one of the new Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (145656).  This is one of the two border patterns in the package.

 

Continuing with the endless possibilities with Happy Wishes, here’s my third card.

Endless Possibilities with Happy Wishes

I chose to use shape to create this card variation, cutting and matting the sentiment piece with the Lots of Labels framelits dies (138281).

The bottom border is a piece of Basic Black 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon (144129).

 

The Happy Wishes stamp set (Wood 147224, Clear 147227) is not available for purchase.  Instead, it is one of the FREE Sale-A-Bration choices you can choose with a $100 Stampin’ Up! product purchase.

As you can see, there are endless possibilities with Happy Wishes.  It just takes some imagination!

 

 

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Coloring the Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set

By | January 15, 2018

A couple of the Heartfelt Bloom card samples on page 5 of the Sale-A-Bration catalog are colored.  That gave me the inspiration to try coloring the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set.

 

I have a confession to make…I have to loosen up and give myself permission to experiment.  I’m a very Type A person and as a result I need to have a “purpose” for most things I do.  That’s very evident when I’m in my stamping studio where I try to have a useful purpose for everything I make.  And, that’s what makes the ideas I’m sharing today different.

I think of them as more of an experiment rather than a finished product.  I tried coloring the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set six different ways and only liked two of the six well enough to make them into cards.

 

I wasn’t sure which color ink to use when stamping the image, so tried both Basic Gray and Smoky Slate.  I got a better coloring result with the darker Basic Gray ink.  The darker color allowed the details of the stamp to show through the coloring.  The Smoky Slate ink was too light.

 

Here’s one of the “keepers”

Coloring the Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set

I colored this image on Shimmery White paper (101910).  I squished the lid of an ink pad to pool the ink and used an AquaPainter (103954) to color my image.

 

Here’s the other keeper from my experiment coloring the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set.

Coloring the Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set

The image on this card was colored with Stampin’ Blends, using the darker Basic Gray ink to stamp the image.

 

Here are my other attempts at coloring the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set:

Coloring the Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set

 

Here’s what the “coloring” looked like on the Stampin’ Blends and Watercolor Pencil images before “blending”:

Coloring the Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set

 

This is an example of an epic “fail”…the Heartfelt Blooms image doesn’t stamp well on watercolor paper!!

Coloring the Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set

 

As you can see, I learned alot by giving myself “permission” to step away from being my typical Type A self and taking some time to “play”.  Maybe you are alot like me.  If so, make sure to take some time to experiment with some of the items in your craft room.  You may be surprised and pleased at the results.  And, at the very least, you will discover some new ways to use (and not to use) products.

I hope you have enjoyed the different examples I’ve shared of coloring the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set.

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Card ideas using Heartfelt Blooms

By | January 10, 2018

I’m back today with more card ideas using Heartfelt Blooms.  On Monday I shared some card ideas using Heartfelt Blooms, a free stamp set that is one of the Sale-A-Bration product choices.  (You can find Distinktive Heartfelt Blooms are Amazing!! here).

Today, I have some more card ideas to share.  The first two Heartfelt Blooms cards are ones that are found in the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration catalog.

Card ideas using Heartfelt Blooms

Again, I am amazed at the gorgeous detail you get with this Distinktive stamp!!  It really doesn’t take much effort to get a fabulous looking card!!

Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up! all about the Distinktive Heartfelt Blooms stamp set. (You’ll see both of the cards in the photo above in this video.)

 

Read on for more card ideas using Heartfelt Blooms.  

The inspiration for this next card came from one that was demonstrated in the Stampin’ Up! video.

Card ideas using Heartfelt Blooms

  • Color combination on this card is Soft Sky, Peekaboo Peach, and Lemon Lime Twist.
  • I made this card based on the card on page 5 of the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  It was before I watched the video.  I didn’t sponge the edges of my flowers and leaves and now wish I had.  If you try this idea, make sure to add the sponging!!

 

Here’s one more card I made with the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set.  This was an original idea with me!!

Card ideas using Heartfelt Blooms

  • I used the leaf side of the stamp image to create a edge border on my card.  It’s important to me that I find many different ways to use my stamps and this gives me one more way to use this beauty!!
  • Sentiment is punched using the NEW Tailored Tag Punch (145667).

 

The Heartfelt Blooms stamp set is only available as a Sale-A-Bration product.  You can’t purchase it.  It’s one of the products you can earn free with a $50 product purchase in my online store.  If you are ready to add this set to your collection, grab your wish/shopping list and head on over to my store.

I hope you enjoyed these card ideas using Heartfelt Blooms, one of the many great products available during the Sale-A-Bration event.

 

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