Rooted In Nature

Here is an example of a very simple card that a beginner could make easily yet I think it is elegant enough for the advanced stamper too.  It only requires a couple of stamp sets (Rooted In Nature and Itty Bitty Greeting) and a few Stampin’ Write Markers or Stampin’ Up!®  Blends. In this case I used my Blends to make the background.  You would not even have to use as many colors as I did.  You could just use a couple.

To make this card I first scribbled some lines with my Blends on Whisper White cardstock.  The colors I used are Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody.  I overlapped each one just a bit.  Then I stamped the tree from Rooted In Nature and the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I adhered that piece of cardstock using Dimensionals onto the Whisper White card base.  The whole card took about five minutes to make in full.

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Merry Christmas To All

Surprise!  I bet you were expecting a Christmas card with that title.  Here is the problem. It is still sunny and in the high 70’s so I am having a hard time making Christmas cards right now.  Actually I am having a hard time making Halloween and Thanksgiving cards too.  I am not complaining.  If I had my way it would be sunny and in the 70’s all the time!  They say it is like that in Hawaii.  I might have to consider moving there.

One of the things I like to do is look at a stamp set (or die set) and see how it can be used in ways you wouldn’t normally use them in.  This is the case with the Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies in the 2018 Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog. The dies cut out the words Merry, Christmas, Holidays and Happy.  Happy can be used year round!

To make this card I first cut a piece of the In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper in Grapefruit Grove to 3.75 x 5. Then I cut that piece into four pieces and put them back together on a piece of Whisper White cardstock leaving the spaces.  I cut ‘Happy” out of Basic Black cardstock and then stamped “birthday” between the pieces.  This stamp comes from the set called Itty Bitty Greetings.  I masked off the word “happy” with tape.  It was a super easy card to make and only took a few minutes.

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A Rooted In Nature Wreath

Here is a fun wreath that I made with the stamp set called Rooted In Nature and my Stamparatus.  The Stamparatus allows you to make a wreath quickly and easily because it lets you get exact placement of your stamps.  You just need to make a stencil to use in the Stamparatus.   I made this quick picture to show you how it is done (please note it is not to scale and certainly not perfect).

The colors I used for this card are Mossy Meadow, Merry Merlot (a gorgeous deep red color) and Whisper White.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Itty Bitty Greetings.  It is a stamp set that everyone must own because it has a sentiment for every occasion.

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