I had a crazy but fun few days last week. I went to my son, Sam’s house to help take care of the kids while his wife, Tara was away. Both Nolan and Madelyn are in school so it definitely was not a hard thing to do. My son, Sam works crazy hours so I just had to help get them up and to school, pick them up from school and do the usual night time stuff with them. I forget how much you really do need to do to get everyone out of the house on time. It used to be second nature to me but I am a little out of practice. They pretty much know what to do themselves, you just have to prod them now and then.
Since I was not home much I had to make a quick and easy card for today. Although it was simple to make, I still think it is pretty enough to send. I used the stamp set called Lovely You to make the background. I just stamped the leaves and flowers kind of randomly spread out. I used Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Parakeet Party and Polished Pink inks. Lovely You has a coordinated punch called Lovely Labels but I did not use it with this card.
After stamping all the leaves and flowers, I took a 1/2″ x 3.75″ piece of Basic White card stock, stamped the sentiment from the Sending Smiles stamp set can adhered it to the middle of the images. Sending Smiles has a lot of great sentiments that can be used for many different occasions. Then I placed that on a piece of Granny Apple Green card stock and a Basic White card base. Simple as pie (whoever made up that saying never made a pie because they are not that simple!).
I decided that the last minute to add some Glossy Dots around the flowers and leaves to add a little sparkle to the card.
Although Stampin’ Up!® offers a variety of Designer Series Paper packs, there are just times when you can’t find the right design or you want to use different colors. To solve this you can make your own designs using stamp sets. This is exactly what I decided to do using the Lovely You stamp set. Lovely You has a lot of smaller leaf and flower images that are perfect to make your own DSP. Plus it has eleven different sentiments which can cover any occasion or sentiment you want.
The background on this card was quick and easy to make. I first randomly stamped one of the flower images in Mango Melody ink on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Basic White card stock. Then I stamped another one using Coastal Cabana followed by Granny Apple Green and the smallest stamp using Highland Heather ink until I felt that the background was done. I cut the piece down to 3.75″ x 5″. Next I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black ink on a 3/4″ wide piece of Mango Melody card stock. Then I cut out one end using the Lovely Labels Pick A Punch. I then punch out a 1″ piece of Granny Apple Green card stock and layered them together. I layered the background piece onto a 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ of Mango Melody card stock and a Granny Apple Green card base.
Yesterday I had my first in-person mini card class since the COVID mess started with a neighbor of mine. She has a cottage a couple of doors down from us and we have been spending the summer together so we both thought it was safe to do a class. I had forgotten how much fun it is to teach someone new to stamping. They always think they aren’t creative and can’t do it and it is fun to watch them realize that they can and that they love it!
We made three simple cards. Two of them just involved stamping and the third one we did some die cutting with the new Stampin’ Up!® Cut & Emboss Machine. These are the two stamping cards.
The first one we used the stamp set called Cute Fruit. This set is in the Stampin’ Up!® Beginners Brochure. I first stamped the background pineapples in BumbleBee Ink on BumbleBee cardstock. Then we stamped the pineapple in BumbleBee and Granny Apple Green ink.
The second card I used some World Of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper and the stamp set called Sailing Home. Both of these cards just involved stamps, paper and ink.
She loved making those cards so I decided to step it up a bit to show her how to die cut an image. I actually posted this card a few weeks ago on my blog but I will show it to you again. It used the dies called Stitched Leaves. She loved the way the dies cut the leaf and added the stitching to it. The sentiment is from the stamp set called Lovely You. It has a coordinating punch called Banners Pick a Punch.
I will always remember my first time stamping. I was invited to a workshop. I didn’t want to go but it was being held by a friend of mine so I felt obligated to go. I am so glad I did! I loved it from that minute on! Everyone can stamp. Even people who are as un-artisitic as me! Stampin’ Up!® makes it so easy. Remember that commercial where it said “Try it. You’ll like it”? I can’t remember what it was for, but it certainly pertains to stamping. I haven’t met a single person who didn’t enjoy making a card or two.