I love Christmas decorations but I always feel that once Christmas is over, I want them all taken down. Rob always tries to talk me into keeping them until New Year’s Day. No way. When I have my way (which is not always) they come down December 26th. The thing is though, once they are down the house looks so bare, boring and dull. It is always such a dilemma!
My Stampin’ Up!® goal this year is to use as many of the current products that are possible. I have so many stamps I haven’t used in a while, along with ribbons, embellishments and Designer Series Paper. One of the things I have not used in months (probably even years!) are the Stampin’ Up!® Watercolor Pencils. Stampin’ Up!® actually has two assortments of these pencils that include 23 different colors. You can use them alone or with Blender Pens or Water Painters.
To make this card I first used the large background stamp called Daisy Garden. The best way to stamp a large stamp (in my opinion) is to use a Stamparatus. That way if you don’t get ink over the whole stamp you can just ink it up and stamp it again. I used Starry Sky ink on a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Orchid Oasis card stock. Then I used the Whisper White, Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green Watercolor Pencils to color the flowers and leaves in. I used a Blender Pen to smooth out the color. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Biggest Wish using Starry Sky ink onto a piece of Basic White card stock and cut it out using one of the Stylish Shapes dies. I cut off one end of the die and adhered it to the card.
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The internet is an amazing thing. I don’t know how we ever got along without it. I know it is also can be a curse but if used correctly it is terrific. You can look up answers or ideas about anything. Of course, some things are not true and you need to use your judgment about that but you can also learn about so much more at the tip of your fingers. One of my favorite things about the internet is getting card ideas. You can do a search on specific stamp sets and get thousands of ideas. You can do a search on specific colors or you can do a search on techniques. Of course, the stamping community is amazing in itself because so many people share their ideas and creations. The best part is it is ok to copy someone’s specific creations as long as you give them credit for it if you can. It is called CASEing (Copy and share everything).
Lately, I have seen a lot of cards using water. They are not new techniques because I have done them before but they are fun. There are several ways to do this. You can stamp an image on a piece of watercolor paper and then spray the paper with water or you can do what I did which is to ink a stamp up, spray the stamp and then put it on paper. It makes the image look softer and a little watery. That is how I made this card.
The first thing I did was use some Stampin’ Up!® Write Markers with the stamp set called Bottle Happiness. I colored the flower stamp in Polished Pink and Pale Papaya. Then I spritzed the stamp with water and randomly stamped it onto watercolor paper many times. I did the same thing using the leaf stamp using Parakeet Party ink. In retrospect, I probably should have sprayed it with even more water than I did but I didn’t want to overdo it. When it was dry, I cut out a circle in the middle of it using the Stylish Shapes dies. Then I layered that onto a circle I cut out using the Layering Circles dies in Parakeet Party card stock and a larger circle I had cut out using the Stylish Shapes dies and Pale Papaya card stock. It was a great way to save some paper because you can not see where I cut the circle out. Next, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Biggest Wish in Memento Black Ink, I tied some Pale Papaya ribbon (from a Paper Pumpkin Kit).
This is the third card we made at my mini stamp camp last week. In case you forgot, I decided to concentrate on using Stampin’ Up!® stand-alone dies from the 2022/2023 Annual Catalog and the July – December Mini Catalog. Last week I showed you some tags for birthdays and Christmas. Earlier this week I showed you a card where we used the Designer Tags. This time we made a simple birthday card with a fun gift card holder inside it.
To make this card I first cut a 1.5″ x 5.5″ piece of Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper. This paper is a hostess item that can only be purchased using hostess dollars. There are 48 sheets in this pack which is enough to last a lifetime (almost)! I took a 1/2″ strip of Pool Party card stock and attached it to the back of the strip of DSP. Then I adhered it to the Basic White card base. I stamped the sentiment in Pool Party ink using the Biggest Wish stamp set.
Next, I cut some more of the Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper using the Mini Pocket Envelope Die. This die is perfect for holding a gift card and it only takes one die to make it. The die set comes with a total of ten dies so you can add embellishments to your pocket envelope such as a bow and leaves. It also has various dies to cut out sentiments for the front.
After this, I cut out the set of leaves in Blackberry Bliss card stock. I wrapped a .75″ x 6″ piece of the DSP and wrapped it around the pocket envelope. I adhered the leaves under that piece. I used a stamp from the set called Charming Sentiments, stamped it in Pool Party ink and cut it out using a stitched oval die from the Mini Pocket Envelope die set.
Remember there are lots of these stand-alone dies in the catalog. You can see them in the index in the back.
Sara Douglas is the CEO of Stampin’ Up!®. Her Mom, Shelli started the company along with her sister more than thirty years ago. Shelli stepped down as CEO a few years ago and Sara took over the reins. A couple of weeks ago Sara did a live Facebook video using the stamp set called Watercolors Shapes. Watercolor Shapes is a DisINKtive stamp set which means that each stamp creates different opacities in a single stamp which brings depth to the image. In Sara’s video, she showed how to make a background using this stamp set. She just used one stamp and one color to make the entire background. I decided to use this idea but I wanted to use more than one stamp and more than one color.
I started to make my background using the square stamp with Soft Succulent ink. Next I stamped the large Fresh Freesia rectangle. I built the rest of the background from there using Soft Succulent, Fresh Freesia and Pale Papaya ink. I didn’t watch the rest of Sara’s video so I don’t know what she did with her background but I decided it didn’t need a lot more so I just stamped the sentiments from Biggest Wish in Memento Black ink and added a few Matte Black Dots. Even though I used a purplish color, I think this card would make a good masculine card.
As you probably already know, Biggest Wish is my favorite Stampin’ Up!® sentiment stamp set. I just love large sentiments and these are super big. Plus they have two nice fonts that go well together.
To make this card I first cut 7/8″ strips of card stock in Night Of Navy, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party and ran them through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Checks & Dots Embossing Folders. I did two with the checks and two with the dots. I layered those on a 4″ x 5.25″ of Basic White cardstock and a Smoky Slate card base. I stamped the birthday sentiment in Pool Party ink and the happy in Pacific Point. Lastly I added the leaf in Smoky Slate. The leaf is from the die set called Intricate Leaves. It has a coordinating stamp set called Gorgeous Leaves (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle). Sadly, they are both retiring on January 3rd so if you like this bundle you will need to order it soon.
Hello everyone! It is time again for another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me. This time our challenge was to make a masculine card. These are always the hardest for me. Maybe it is because I love flowers so much and flowers don’t necessarily go with masculine cards.
I first decided I wanted to use the Basic Borders Dies for my card. I cut out five strips using these dies. I made two in Basic White and one each in Old Olive, Smoky Slate and Night Of Navy. I layered them together onto a 2.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Smoky Slate card stock.
Then I decided to use the stamp set called Biggest Wish. I love this stamp set because the sentiments are all large ones. I stamped Happy Birthday in Night Of Navy ink using my Stamparatus in case I didn’t ink them enough the first time. The Stamparatus allowed you to stamp in the exact same position as many times as you need to make a solid image.
Then I still felt like the card needed something. I just received my Turtle Punch that was still sitting on my desk after making a birthday card for someone in this challenge (shhhh) so I pulled out the stamp set and saw the bird and thought it fit perfectly.
Now let’s go see what masculine cards Jackie and Buffy made. I have to tell you that Jackie is the expert at masculine cards.
Hello everyone. It is once again time for another Stamp Off Challenge. This time our challenge is called “Going In Circles”. I debated using the Layering Circles Dies to make a card but decided to go in another direction and make a fun birthday card for one of my grandchildren.
I used the stamp set called Watercolor Shapes. This set has nine different shapes including circles, rectangles, ovals and squares. It is a fun stamp set to use as a background for sentiments as well as just making a background in general.
To make this card I used a ton of different colors. They included Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Pale Papaya, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Fresh Freesia, Petal Pink and Soft Sea Foam. I think I covered them all but there may have been even more. I usually put the colors in a box below the post but there are just too many.
I first stamped the large circle in Pool Party and then I just randomly stamped the small circles all over the place. After that I stamped the sentiments from Biggest Wish in Memento Black ink.
Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy did with circles. I hope it didn’t make them go in circles! 🙂
Remember how I have been talking about using all that gorgeous Stampin’ Up!® Designer Series Paper? Well, I am still trying to do that. The hard part is SU keeps coming out with beautiful patterns in every catalog which, of course I have to purchase but I still trying really hard to get myself to cut that paper and use so here are two more simple and easy cards I made using some.
This first card using the Host Bundle of Designer Series Paper called Pattern Party. This is an amazing pack of paper that you can get with a qualifying order. It has 48 sheets of 12″ x 12″ double sided paper. There are colorful patterns on one side and black and white designs on the other.
To make this top card I just adhered the Blushing Bride piece of DSP onto a Basic White card base. Then I cut out a piece of Poppy Parade card stock and a different piece of DSP using the Basic Borders dies (I love these dies) and layered them on top. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Sweet Ice Cream on a 3″ x 1 1/8″ piece of Basic White card stock and cut it out using a die from the set called Tasteful Labels. Then I cut a full piece of Poppy Parade card stock using the same die. I adhered them together and used Dimensionals to place them on the card. Lastly I added a couple of leaves from Pierced Blooms in Granny Apple Green card stock.
I used Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper for my second card. This was also super easy to make. I adhered the flower piece of DSP on top of the Fresh Freesia checked piece and then cut out using the Stitched Rectangles Dies. I glued the bottom piece of a Basic White card base and then used a Foam Adhesive Sheet to layer the cut out piece so it is popped which adds dimension. I stamped the larger sentiment from the stamp set called Biggest Wish in Fresh Freesia ink and the smaller one in Gorgeous Grape and then cut that out using another Stitched Rectangle Die and glued that on top.
This is my birthday week. So, in honor of my birthday, I am offering10% Off on all orders over $50 if you use the Host Code VMJYKYCW. Just click in the box below and it will take you to my website and automatically enter the Host Code for you. If your order is larger than $150 DO NOT use the Host Code so you can get the host benefits yourself but I will still give you the discount. You can order online and I will rebate you the discount by PayPal or I can send you a check in the mail. This offer is good until 11:59 PM Sunday, August 29, 2021.
Once again my friends, who also happen to be my Stampin’ Up!® downline got together to do another Mystery Parts Challenge. This is where one of us send the others card parts and we have to make a card using them. We have to use all of the parts they send but we can also add our own. It is such fun!
Here are the Mystery Parts that Karin sent us.
Karin sent us a piece of Basic White card stock for the card base. Then she added a piece of Basic Black card stock, a piece of Designer Series Paper that was a Sale-a-bration offering, some Daffodil Delight twine and some white enamel dots.
Here is the card I made using these parts.
I could not decide which side of the of the Designer Series Paper I wanted to use so I decided to use both side. I cut the 4″ x 5.25″ piece diagonally and then each of those pieces diagonally again. Then I layered them on the Basic White card base. I punched out the daisy using the Daisy Punch twice and layered them together by putting a bit of Multipurpose Glue in the center. That way I could curl up the petals a bit. I punched a small circle out of the Basic Black card stock that she included. Next I stamped the sentiment from a new stamp set called Biggest Wish onto a piece of Basic White card stock using Just Jade ink and cut it out using a die from Hippo & Friends. I colored the white enamel dots using my Daffodil Delight dark Stampin Blends and made a bow using the Daffodil Delight twine.
Here is Char’s card:
Although this Designer Series Paper is retired, there are a lot of other packs available at 15% during the month of August.
This year Stampin’ Up!® has outdone themselves on Designer Series Paper. Normally I purchase 2 or 3 packs of it but this year I think I came close to buying them all because they are all so gorgeous. Expression In Ink Designer Series Paper is one of these. It is just beautiful. This paper has beautiful colors like Polished Pink, Pear Pizzazz and Pale Papaya plus it has gold streaks running through them. This paper is perfect for when you are in a hurry and need a card quickly but you still want it to wow the person you are sending it to.
To make both of these cards all I did was cut the DSP and adhere it to a card base (Pear Pizzazz and Polished Pink). Then I just added a sentiment. The Pear Pizzazz card using two sentiment stamps from the set called Sweet As A Peach. I stamped both sentiments in Shaded Spruce ink. Then I added a couple of the Genial Gems.
I used the stamp set called Biggest Wish on the Polished Pink card. I did stamp the background of the sentiment with a stamp from Artistically Inked using Polished Pink ink because I felt it needed a little more color. I first stamped it on a scrap piece of paper before stamping on my card stock to make it a bit lighter.
Simple cards are quick and easy to make when using Stampin’ Up!® Designer Series Paper and adding a sentiment so don’t be afraid to make one to send to someone. They will love it as much as if you spent hours on it. PS: You don’t have to say it was an easy card. They will never know!