Playful Alphabet Color Block


This is a fun and easy card that requires no stamping at all.  I think the hardest part of it was lining up the letters.  Of course, I had my trusty T-ruler to help me do that.  If you don’t have one of those, you need to get one.  They are very inexpensive and they make lining up things so much easier.

To make this card I first cut a 2.5″ x 2″ square** using Poppy Parade, Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight card stock.  Then I cut them exactly in half corner to corner.  To help me place them as perfectly as possible (don’t look too closely) I cut a small strip of light cardboard the width of the space I wanted.  This kept the distance even around all of them. I attached them to a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White cardstock.

I cut the letters out of Basic Black card stock and layered them onto a piece of Basic White cardstock that I had cut out using the Stitched Rectangles Dies.  I then popped it up using Stampin Dimensionals.  I adhered that layer to a Basic Black card base.

**I realized that I had cut the triangles using the Layering Squares dies and then cutting 1/2″ off one side.  These dies are retired so I figures out how to cut the squares out without dies.


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Playful Alphabet

Stampin Up Playful Alphabet

This is a fun card I made that did not involve any stamping at all.  I only used dies, cardstock and Designer Series Paper.  I like making cards that just say hello because you can use them for any occasion by stamping the appropriate occasion stamp on the inside such as happy birthday, thinking of you or get well.  Really hello cards can be used for any occasion except maybe sympathy.

To make this card I first cut out the letters using the Playful Alphabet Dies.  The great thing about these dies is they have two dies for many of the letters.  These include two L’s for hello and two P’s for Happy so you can cut them all out at once.  There are also 2 A’s, E’s, I’s, N’s, O’s, R’s, S’s and T’s.   It makes it so much easier to make words because of this.  One trick to make your letters straight is to use a ruler.

Stampin Up Playful Alphabet

It is hard to tell from the photograph but I actually used the negative space of the letters for this card.  I cut out the hello from Mossy Meadow card stock and then cut the card stock at an angle.  I backed that with a piece of Soft Sea Foam card stock.  I saved the letters I cut out you use on another card someday.

I cut out the two triangles from Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper using the Stitched Triangle Dies.  This DSP is in the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog.  The Stitched Rectangles are in the 2020/2021 Annual Catalog and are carrying over to the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.  The coordinating stamp set called The Right Triangle is not carrying over though.  You can still buy the stamp set and dies in a bundle and save 10%. 

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Playful Alphabet

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time we have a color challenge.  I don’t know who made up these colors together but they are crazy!  Oh wait.  It was me!

Stampin Up Playful Alphabet I got the idea from the Well Suited Designer Series Paper.  That is the great thing about the Stampin’ Up!® papers.  They give you the colors ahead of time and I love that sometimes they put colors together that I would never think of.  Plus I am still on my goal to actually use most of my Designer Series Paper.  I’m not doing that well but better than I used to.

To make this card I started with a piece of the Well Suited DSP.  I love how the Cajun Craze stripes look Grosgrain ribbon.   Then I had to decide what color would look good with Night Of Navy and Cajun Craze.  I decided BumbleBee looked great with them.   I cut the letters using the Playful Alphabet Die set.  I adhered them to the flags which are part of the Tasteful Labels dies.  I decided to adhere the flags using Dimensionals which gave the card some depth.   I stamped the word “birthday” using the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  I masked off the word Happy using tape.  Then I cut it out using a die from Hydrangea Dies.

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made using these crazy colors.

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An Alcohol Ink Technique Using Blends

Hello everyone.  Welcome to another Stamp off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge is to use our Stampin’ Blends.  This was an easy challenge because I use my Blends all the time.  They are so easy to use and to color with.  Each color comes in two shades, a light one and a dark one.  This enables you to easily add shading to your images.

I have to say I had a different card all ready to post for today but after a conversation with Buffy and Jackie yesterday, I decided I needed to up my game so I did a little searching around on the internet for different uses for Stampin Blends.  I came across a blog by another Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator named Alisha Tilsner who used her Blends to make an alcohol ink background.

Stampin Up Blends

It is very easy to make this background using your Stampin Blends with Isopropyl Alcohol, a paintbrush and some kind of air spritzer or something you can use to blow around some air.  You need to use Isopropyl alcohol with a very high percentage of alcohol in it in order for this technique to work.  I used 91%.  Anything lower will not work.   You also need some kind of smooth paper that doesn’t absorb a lot of moisture.  I decided to use Vellum.

The first thing I did was scribble some Blends ink onto the Vellum.  I used Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green Dark Blends.  The color of the Dark Blends show up much better than the light ones. I did one color at a time before adding a second color but I scribbled each one as in the photo.

Stampin Up Wreath Builder

Then I used a paint brush with some Isopropyl Alcohol on it and dabbed it around the outside of the scribble.

Then I used an ear cleaner bulb (you can use a spritzer or something like that) and blew air onto the alcohol and ink to move it around.

I did this until the entire piece of Vellum was covered with ink.

After my piece of Vellum was completely dry, I attached it to a piece of Basic White cardstock using Glue Dots in the corners and underneath where the banner is.  You can’t see the glue dots as much as you can Seal Adhesive or something similar.  The colors show up much better when you use a white background.   I attached that to a Bermuda Bay card base.

Then I cut the wreath out of Basic White cardstock using the Wreath Builder Dies.  I cut out the letters using the PlayFul Alphabet Dies and adhered them to a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock.

Now let’s go see how Jackie and Buffy used their Stampin’ Blends.  I am sure you will love whatever they have made. 

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Playful Alphabet

Hello everyone.  It is once again time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time our challenge was to “use our words”.  I must admit I had to laugh when I read the name of this challenge.  It is something I used to say, and my kids say to their children when they are having a temper tantrum and cry for an unknown reason.  My vision was to make a card with a screaming toddler on it and an adult saying “use your words”.  Of course, I didn’t do that because, well, I don’t have a stamp set that would have a screaming toddler included in it.  So, instead, I am using stamps and dies to use my words.

Stampin Up Playful Alphabet

What better way to display a lot of words than to use a die set of letters.  First, I cut out the all the letters in Basic Black cardstock.  Then I made the background from 1″ strips of cardstock in Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody and Flirty Flamingo and layered them on top of a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  The sentiment at the bottom is from the stamp set called Itty Bitty Birthdays.

Now, let’s go see what words Buffy and Jackie used on their creations.  Have a great day!

PS:  If all goes well, I am going to have another grandchild today!  I’ll keep in touch!

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Inspiring Iris Slimline Card

Stampin Up Inspiring Iris

I decided I wanted to join the Slimline Card club because I received one in the mail from my friend, Char and I have seen so many of them online and love them all.  A slimline card is thinner but longer than a regular A2 card.  The one I made was 3.75″ x 8.5″.  I have seen some that are a bit smaller and some that are a bit larger so you can basically make one in whatever size you wish.  I did make an envelope for this card but I forgot to take a picture of it before I mailed it.  I used the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper for the envelope because it had a lot of the colors I used on the card in it.

This card was pretty simple to make.  I used the stamp set called Inspiring Iris which is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020/2021 Annual Catalog.  I first stamped the stems and leaves in Granny Apple Green ink.  Then I stamped the Irises in Mango Melody and the other flowers in Daffodil Delight and Poppy Parade.  I stamped the dragonflies in Highland Heather ink but I stamped off on a piece of scrap paper before stamping the second time on my card to make them lighter in color.  The dragonflies are from the stamp set called Friend Like You.

Lastly I added the sentiment using the Playful Alphabet Dies.  You are going to see a lot of these dies in the future because I used them so much.


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Playful Alphabet

Stampin Up Playful Alphabet

As most of you know, I love big and bold sentiments.  I like them in stamps and dies.  This year, Stampin’ Up!® has a set of dies called Playful Alphabets. In a way, these is the best of all worlds. You can make any sentiment you want using these letters.  They are small enough to even fit the word “celebrate” on a card.  They are part of the Playing With Patterns Suite which includes the stamp set called Pattern Play, Playing With Patterns Designer Series Paper, ribbon and embellishments.

This was a very simple card to make.  I cut out the letters of “HAPPY” in Just Jade cardstock.  I didn’t have to line them up to cut them because I was just going to use the letters.  I then cut two triangles out of Flowers For Every Season Designer Series Paper using the new Stitched Triangles Dies.  I used the flower side for the triangles and then added little strips from the other side of the paper along the edges.  Don’t you just love how Designer Series Paper is two-sided?  If you don’t like one side you can use the other.  The only problem I run into is when I love both sides and then have to choose.

The word birthday is from the stamp set called A Wish For Everything.

As a side note, we should have arrived in Nashville to our new house yesterday.  I wrote this post a couple of weeks ago so I wouldn’t have to worry about unpacking all my stamping products the second I got home.  Although we hated leaving the cottage, we are very excited to start our new life here.  Hopefully I will meet some fellow stampers soon so I can have someone to stamp with.

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Playing With Patterns

Stampin Up Playing With Patterns

Good morning everyone.  I hope you are all enjoying your summer (or winter depending on where you live).  Our summer has been hot and sunny which is perfect lake weather.  If it gets too hot we can just go jump in the lake.

Today I have been playing with the Stampin Up Playing With Patterns Suite.  This suite is in the 2020/2021 Annual Catalog.  It includes a stamp set called Pattern Play, dies called Playful Alphabet, cute Designer Series Paper, ribbon and embellishments.  I love the dies and the DSP the best so I made a card using them.

The first thing I did was cut out the letters in Just Jade cardstock that I had cut out using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies.  I had a little bit of a hard time lining them up until I saw a Jennifer McGuire video showing how she does it with a T-ruler.  This method worked perfectly with my die cutting machine magnetic plate.  I just placed them on the piece of cardstock a little lower than where I wanted them to cut out and then pushed them up slowly with my T-ruler until they were where I wanted them.  Then I just ran them through my die cutting machine.  After I cut them out I backed them with a piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock.

Stampin Up Playing With Patterns

Stampin Up Playing With Patterns

These particular letter (the A & 2 P’s) have little pieces in the middle of them.  To place them perfectly I put the letters back into where I had cut them put a little Multipurpose Glue in the center and then fitted the little middle piece inside.  Then I just pulled the letters out and will save them for a future card.

Stampin Up Playing With Patterns

The sentiment “birthday” is from the set of dies called Well Written.  I wanted to use the new Foam Adhesive Sheets with it to make it stand out a bit so I layered a piece of Bumblebee cardstock on top of a piece of the Foam Adhesive sheets and cut it out.   The Foam Adhesive Sheets are like Dimensionals only they are 4 1/2″ x 4 5/16″.  It took 3 or 4 runs through my die cutting machine to cut it out but it worked great.  I think it is because the dies are so skinny.  I love these new sheets.

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