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Happy February! Just think. Winter is almost over and spring will be here soon! There is nothing better than sunshine and warmth after a cold winter. When we lived in Northern New York there were only two seasons: Winter and July. Nashville actually has four seasons which is wonderful.
I made this card using the Hello Ladybug stamp set and the Ladybug Builder Punch. This is such a sweet set. It has two different ladybugs, some flowers, a big leaf and some cute sentiments. The punch cuts out one of the ladybugs and the wings separately.
To make this card I first layered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper on a Basic White card base. This DSP is 6″ x 6″ and is in the Annual Catalog. Next, I punched out the body of the Ladybug in Basic Black card stock. I stamped the dots on a piece of Real Red card stock and punched them out using the punch. I adhered the wings to the body using Dimensioanls.
Next, I stamped the leaves using Parakeet Party ink on a 2.75″ x 4″ piece of Basic White card stock. The leaves overlap onto each other but the ladybugs hide it. I stamped the flowers on Basic White card stock in Daffodil Delight ink first and then colored the edges of the stamp using a Sweet Sorbet Marker. Then I cut them out by hand (don’t look too closely!). I layered that on a 3″ x 4.25″ piece of Parakeet Party card stock and onto the card base. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black ink and cut it out using the Layering Circle Dies and adhered it using a Dimensional.
After a long couple of travel days, Rob and I made it to our happy place. On the way, we stopped at my son, Zachary’s house because we take every chance we get to see grandchildren. We arrived in Florida on Saturday. This is our view:
Now you know why it is my happy place!
I thought it would be very fitting to post a card using the stamp set Paradise Palms considering I get to look at one while we are here. Paradise Palms has a coordinating set of dies called Palms. I didn’t use them on this card but they are fun to use.
This card was super easy to make. First I stamped the rectangles in Parakeet Party and Coastal Cabana ink using the stamp set called Watercolor Shapes on Basic White card stock. This is a get set to use for backgrounds. Next, I stamped the palm trees from Paradise Palms in Basic Black ink. I layered this onto a Parakeep Party card base. That is it. Simple as can be!
Don’t forget, if you purchase the stamp set called Paradise Palms and the Palms die set, you will earn a free product from the Sale-a-bration catalog!
Stampin’ Up! has really upped their game on Designer Series Papers. There are some really gorgeous packs in the new 2023 January – April Mini Catalog as well as the 2023 Sale-a-bration Catalog. The colors are just gorgeous and there are so many to choose from. Plus, don’t forget there are also some beautiful packs in the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog as well.
I used a new pack of DSP from the mini catalog called Fancy Flora. This paper is 6″ x 6″. The best way to explain it is, it looks like it was made from gobs of paint in different colors. I know that doesn’t sound the best but it is true. Here is a photo of the different patterns:
Aren’t the colors just gorgeous!?!
To make this card, I first folded a 5.5″ x 8.5″ piece of Basic White card stock in half. Next, I used a new bundle called Around The Bend. This bundle includes a stamp set and coordinating dies with the same name (Yay!). I used one of the curved stamps that includes the two lines as the dots with Evening Evergreen ink and stamped in about halfway down the front of the card. The die set includes one that goes with this stamp. It cuts a scallop around each of the dots perfectly.
Next, I cut out all the flowers and leaves using Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen card stock and layered them above the curve line. I cut a piece of the Fancy Flora Designer Series Paper and adhered that to the inside of the back of the card. I stamped the sentiment in Evenin Evergreen ink. Lastly, I added some 2021-2022 InColor Opal Rounds between the flowers.
This has to be one of the easiest cards I have ever made but I think it is just gorgeous! Believe me, it is not because of anything I created. This beautiful card is made using the Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper called Dainty Flowers. All I did was adhere a piece of the Dainty Flowers Designer Series Paper to some card stock, stamp the sentiment from the Dainty Delight stamp set and a few Brushed Brass Butterflies. That is it! The best part this paper is free with a $50 order.
Stampin’ Up! sale-a-brates once a year. They used to have it a couple of times a year but we were recently told that they are only going to do it once from now on. So, that means January and February are the only times you can get free Stampin’ Up! products. This particular DSP coordinates with the Dainty Delight bundle. If you order this bundle you can get the paper for FREE. What could be better than that!
If you would like to see what else you can get for Free, click on the cover of the Sale-a-bration catalog on the right side of this blog. There are stamp sets and other Designer Series Papers to choose from. Some are free with a $50 order and others are free with a $100 order. There is no limit to the amount o free things you can get. Just remember that once a product in the Sale-a-bration catalog sells out, it will be gone for good.
A couple of weeks ago I told you how I signed up for a virtual card retreat put on by some other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. The retreat was last weekend. Although I did not join the retreat when it was live, we were all given PDF directions on how to make all the cards they were showing ahead of time. Plus we were given links so that we can go back and watch the videos on our own time. Most of the cards were fun folds (which I love!).
We were given the directions for this fun fold card (officially called a Corner Fun Fold) by Brandy Cox. If you know anything about Stampin’ Up! then you have heard of Brandy. She is the #1 Demonstrator for sales in the entire company (and has been for a few years). She used different papers, colors and stamp sets than I did but the design is the same
This is what my card looks like when you are opening it….
….and this is what it looks like completely open:
Isn’t that fun? It looks complicated but it really is not. The first thing you do is pick a piece of Designer Series Paper you want to use (I used Design A Daydream DSP) and cut it to 7″ x 8.25″. Then you score it as in the photo below ( I used Brandy’s photo).
Then fold the diagonal score lines back and the straight ones forward.
Here are the measurements for the rest of the cards
I used the stamp set called Sending Smiles to make my card. This stamp set has coordinating dies called Sending Dies. The colors I used were Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss and Blushing Bride.
It was a fun retreat to participate in. Look for more cards I made using the ideas from it in the future.
This has to be the craziest winter weather-wise I have ever seen. One day it is sunny and in the mid 50’s. The next day it is 5 BELOW ZERO! Then it is 65 degrees and the next day it is snowing! What on earth is going on! I shouldn’t complain. There is a lot worse weather out west and up north. When I lived in NY you knew it would be winter from November – April. You knew it would be warm in the summer and cool in the Spring and Autumn. Here it is just willy nilly. I still haven’t put away my summer clothes.
Sometimes I look at the stamp sets in a new catalog and I know I want them right away. Then there are stamp sets that are very pretty but I might have something similar or I am not sure how much I would use them but then I look at the dies that coordinate with the stamps and I know they will be on my first order. There are a few bundles like that in the new 2023 January – April Mini Catalog. One of them is the Dainty Delight bundle. The stamps remind me of wild flowers in Vermont. The sentiments are great for many occasions. But the dies…..The dies are what makes the bundle. Yes, they cut out the stamp images but there are also a lot extra ones. There are vines with leaves and a bunch of different flowers that have embossing on them. They are just beautiful.
To make this card I first layered a 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ piece of the Dainty Flowers Designer Series paper onto a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock and a Blushing Bride card base. You can get this DSP for free with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration. It is beautiful paper with gorgeous colors and designs. You are going to see a lot of cards made with it here.
Next, I cut out the vines using Pear Pizzazz card stock and the flowers using Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight and Blushing Bride card stock. I adhered the vines to the card first and then the flowers on top using Multipurpose Glue. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink on Rich Razzleberry card stock, sprinkled White Embossing Powder on it and heat set it with my Heat Tool. I cut off the end at an angle using my paper trimmer.
By the way, if you purchase the Dainty Delight Bundle you would earn the Dainty Flowers Designer Series Paper for free. Remember, Sale-a-bration products are only while supplies last. Once they run out, they are gone for good.
Before I forget, I need to let you know that I am scheduling a bunch of blog posts ahead of time because I won’t be able to blog for a few weeks. I wanted to let you know in case I happen to post something that may be unavailable to order due to the backorder situation. At the time of the post, the item would have been available but sometimes things run out. I apologize ahead of time if that happens.
I made this card using the stamp set called Art Gallery. This set has coordinating dies called Floral Gallery. You can’t get the discount on the bundle anymore since it has been in a few catalogs and the bundle discount is only available when it is in a catalog for the first time. Either way, it is a beautiful set. I stamped the flowers using Stampin’ Write Markers. The best way to do this is to use a Stamparatus. Sometimes when you color a stamp using markers you may miss a spot or two. If you use the Stamparatus you can just reink it and stamp again. Then I cut it out using the coordinating die. I also stamped the sentiment using the Art Gallery stamp set and Floral Gallery dies.
Next, I took a Mint Macaron card base and embossed it using the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder. I know I have been using this embossing folder a lot and I just realized it is retired. Sorry about that but you can always use a different embossing folder. This one happens to be one of my favorites since it adds a subtle texture to card stock. There are a number of current embossing folders that can do the same thing. I cut the frame out of Basic White card stock using the Fabulous Frames dies. I backed the frame with a piece of the Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper. This DSP is a pack of 48 double-sided sheets and you can get it for $18 as a Host Gift with a $150 order.
Next, I cut another piece of Basic White card stock using the Scalloped Contours dies. I layered the flowers on top of that. I adhered the sentiment using Dimensionals. Lastly, I add some 2021-2022 In Color Opal Rounds.
This is another card I made during that sunny 70 degree say we had a couple of weeks ago. It motivated me to make some summery cards. Of course, it has gotten cold again and they are even talking possible snow but at least the snow does not last very long in Nashville.
I am, once again, using that gorgeous paper in the Sale-a-bration Catalog called Dandy Designs. This pack of Designer Series Paper has 48 sheets for gorgeous double-sided paper. You can get it free with a $100 order. It is so worth it! I cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece and adhered it to a Basic White card base.
Next, I cut out the frame using two of the Stitched Rectangle dies. To make it easier, I cut out the larger one first. Then, I taped a smaller die to the larger die cut to keep it in place and cut out the center. You can use Washi Tape or medical tape for this. Sometimes Washi Tape can be a little to strong but you can stick it on your pants or sleeves a couple of times to redue the tackiness.
I took a 3″ x 4.25″ piece of Basic White card stock and added color to it using Blending Brushes and Balmy Blue, Tahitian Tide and Pacific Point ink for the background. I first stamped the birds from the stamp set called Let’s Set Sail in Whisper White ink but they did not show up very well so I added some more using Starry Sky ink. I am just saying the white birds are in the distance behind some clouds. I adhered this piece to the back of the frame I made earlier.
After this, I stamped the sails in Starry Sky ink and the sailboat in Crumb Cake and punched them using using the coordinating Sailboat Builder Punch. If you purchase the stamp set and the punch in a bundle you can save 10%. I stamped the shadow of the sailboat using Whisper White ink and the sentiment from Heron Habitat in Starry Sky ink.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to sign up for a virtual card-making class. It is being put on by very successful Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. I am always looking for new ideas, designs and card layouts so I decided to join this group. The class does not start until mid-January but in the meantime, they are sending us card layouts to try. One of the layouts was a fun fold card. You all know I love fun fold cards! I would show you their cards but I am not sure I am allowed to but I think I can tell you it was designed by Connie Stewart.
I decided to use the new Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper called Dainty Flowers. I love this paper! It is so pretty that you can make it the star of your card without having to add much more to it. The best part is you can get it for FREE with a qualifying order! I got one pack so far but I am definitley going to get some more. It is that beautiful.
To make this card I first took a 5.5″ x 8.5″ piece of Mossy Meadow card stock and folded it in half to make a card base. Then I cut 1.25″ off the front of it. You need to save that piece for later. Next I adhered a 2.75″ x 5.25″ piece of the Dainty Flowers DSP to the front panel and another piece of the same size to the other side of the front panel. Take the leftover strip you cut off the front and cut it to 1.24″ x 4.25″. Then score one end at .75″. Adhere the .75″ part to the left side of the card base. You are going to cover that in the next step.
Next, I cut a 2.5″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White cardstock and a 1.75″ x 5.25″ piece of the Dainty Flowers DSP for the inside of the card. Here is what it looks like on the inside.
After that step, cut a .5″ x 2″ piece of DSP (I used the Starry Sky piece) and a 3/8″ x 2″ piece (I used the flower side). Layer them together and adhere to the Mossy Meadow strip that you already attached to the card. Next, I cut two 2.25″ x 2.25″ squares of the DSP and a 2″ x 2″ piece of Basic White card stock. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Framed Florets onto the Basic White piece. Adhere that to one of the 2.25″ pieces of DSP. Attached that to the Mossy Meadow strip. Then adhere the other 2.35″ piece to the back.
It probably sounds a lot harder to do than it really was. The entire card did not take more than 15 minutes to make. Here is a list of what needs to be cut for each piece:
(1) 5.5″ x 8.5″ piece of cardstock. Fold in half and cut off 1.25″ off the front piece. Take the section you cut off the card base and cut it to 1.25″ x 4.25″ and score at .75.
(2) 2.75″ x 5.25″ pieces of DSP for each side of the front panel.
(1) .5″ x 2″ piece of DSP (for the design on the flap)
(1) 3/8″ x 2″ piece of DSP (for the design on the flap)
(1) 2.50″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock (1) 1.75″ x 5.25″ piece of DSP for the inside black flap.
(2) 2.25″ x 2.25″ pieces of DSP
(1) 2″ x 2″ piece of Basic White card stock
If you order the Framed Florets Bundle you can get the Dainty Flowers Designer Series Paper for FREE during Sale-a-bration!