Artistic Mix Decorative Masks

Stampin Up Artistic Mix

Stampin’ Up! has made some really nice Decorative Masks over the years.  For those who do not know, Decorative Masks are the same thing as stencils.  They are a lightweight plastic that you can lay on top of a piece of card stock to add designs to the background of your cards using ink.  The newest Decorative Masks they offer are called Artistic Mix.  There are five masks in the pack that can work together to make beautiful backgrounds.

To make this card I took two of the masks and layered them together.  I held them down with a piece of retired Washi Tape so they would not move when I was applying the ink.  I used Basic White card stock and Bermuda Bay ink using Blending Brushes.  By the way, if you buy multiple Blending Brushes you can have one for each color family.  I labeled the back of mine saying “blue”, “green”, “yellow”, etc so I don’t mix them up.

Here is a photo of what it looked like after I added the ink.

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Next, I took off the masks and added some removal medical tape over the sections that had the Bermuda Bay ink and added some Orchid Oasis ink where the thicker lines were.

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I turned the mask and repeated this step to finish the background.

Next, I used some stamps from the Framed Occasions stamp set.  I stamped the hexagon outline in Bermuda Bay ink and the sentiment in Orchid Oasis ink.  Then I cut it out using the Beautiful Shapes Dies.  After that, I cut out a piece of Basic White and Orchid Oasis card stock using two dies from the Frosted Flurry die set.  I cut them in half because they were not quite as long as I wanted them to be.  I layered one on top of the other and adhered it to the background.  Lastly, I added the hexagon with the sentiment on top using Dimensionals.

Isn’t that a fun background?


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Rings Of Love

Stampin Up Rings Of Love

As you already know, it is Sale-a-bration time at Stampin’ Up!.  This is when you can earn free products with a qualifying sale.  Some of the free products you can earn with a $50 order and others can be earned with a $100 order. There are stamps, dies and Designer Series Paper available.

One of the items you can get for free with a $50 order is the Rings Of Love Designer Series Paper.  This paper coordinates with the Ringed With Nature Bundle in the 2022 July – December Mini Catalog (page for 62) but you can also use it with other products too.

For this card, I first cut a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of the Rings Of Love DSP.  I layered that onto So Saffron card base.  Then I cut the frame out in Evening Evergreen card stock using the Fabulous Frames Dies.  I love these dies!  There are six different dies in the set.  Three of them cut out a shape to use as a frame, one cuts out a sentiment and the other two cut out fancy corners.  All of them cut and emboss the card stock.  I layered the frame on top of the piece of DSP.

Next, I cut out the hexagon using the Beautiful Shapes Dies in Evening Evergreen card stock.  This die set includes 14 different fun dies and coordinates with the Framed Occasions stamp set.  Next, I ran one of the leaves from the Leaf Label & Amber Gem Combo Pack through my Cut & Emboss machine using the Tasteful Textures 3D embossing folder.  This gave the leaf some texture.  I adhered that to the Hexagon using Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Heron Habitat.  I stamped it in Evening Evergreen ink onto a small piece of So Saffron card stock and then cut it out using a miscellaneous die.   Lastly, I added a few Amber Gems.

Don’t forget there are a lot more items available to get for free in the Sale-a-bration Catalog plus the items they added last week (you can see them HERE).

 

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Splendid Thoughts

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This is the third, and my favorite card we made at our last stamp camp.  Why is it my favorite?  Because I love the new Split Card Textures dies!  There are two dies in this set.  One cuts out the design you see here and the other cuts out flowers.  Both only cut half a page, which adds so much interest to a card.

This card was fairly simple to make.  First, I used the Split Card Textures die on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock.  I layered that on top of a 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ piece of the Splendid Day Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This paper is absolutely gorgeous.  There are soft designs on one side of each piece.  On the other side is a foil paper design in Fresh Freesia, Silver, Copper and Gold foil.  They are just gorgeous in person.  I used the soft side for the background of my card and the foiled side in Fresh Freesia for the pot.

Next, I stamped the leaves from the stamp set called Splendid Thoughts in Evening Evergreen ink and colored them using Soft Succulent Blends.  Next, I cut it out using the coordinating die from the Splendid Stems die set.  If you purchase the stamp set and the dies using the bundle item number, you will save 10%.  I adhered that to the card using Multipurpose Glue.  The glue worked better to make it adhere to the uneven card stock from the Split Card Textures die.  Next, I cut out the pot using the same die set, tied a piece of white Baker’s Twine around it and adhered it using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Evening Evergreen ink.

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More To Sale-A-Brate!

As you know, Sale-a-bration is still going on for the month of August.  A couple of the products (Pool Party & Soft Sea Foam Cards & Envelopes and the Tree Lots Dies) are sold out already, so Stampin’ Up! has added more items you can earn for free with a qualifying order.  Remember, if the products offered during Sale-a-bration sell out, they are gone for good.

*** This is very important – You MUST use the item numbers in the Sale-a-bration flyer below in order to get the items for free.  If you use the item numbers in the catalog they will not come up as free on your order.***

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These products are in addition to the original products offered in the Sale-a-bration catalog.

Wisteria Wishes

Stampin Up Wisteria Wishes

This is the second card we made at stamp camp last week.  It is a quick and easy card (also known as CAS or “Clean And Simple”).  I showed you the card we made using the Trees For Sale stamp set and the Tree Lot Dies a couple of posts ago (you can see it HERE).  That card took a bit of time so I decided to have the group make a simple but still beautiful card too.

I used the stamp set called Wisteria Wishes to make this card.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Wisteria Dies but we did not use them on this card.  By the way, you can save 10% by purchasing the stamp set and dies in a bundle.

I started this card by stamping the branch in Old Olive ink on a 4 1/4″ x 3 1/8″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then I stamped the first layer of the flowers using Highland Heather ink but first I stamped off on a piece of scrap paper and then onto the Very Vanilla card stock.  By doing this, your ink will be a bit lighter than a normal stamping.  Then I took the middle piece of the flower and stamped that using Highland Heather ink too.  This gave the flowers a two toned look.  I layered this on top of a piece of Old Olive cardstock and a piece of Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper.  This paper is awesome.  You can only buy it for $18 with an order of $150 or more and it contains 48 sheets in the pack!  The card base was also Old Olive.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! It is the best time of year in the Stampin’ Up!® world. You get FREE products with a qualifying order and there are many to choose from. It is also the best time to join my Stampin’ Up! family. For $99 you can pick $125 worth of products from the Annual or Spring Catalogs. Plus you get the Making Plans Collection for free!  Your kit will come with all the business supplies you will need to get started and the shipping is free!

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Color & Contour Watercolor

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Well, apparently July is Watercolor Month.  I don’t know how I missed this but better late than never, right?

To make my watercolor card, I used a technique that has been around for a long time.  It is super easy to do and I love how it turns out.  All I did was press an ink pad (in this case Fresh Freesia, Orchid Oasis, Blackberry Bliss, Starry Sky and Granny Apple Green) onto a clear block (I used block E).   Then I  sprayed some water on it.  Then you just press your stamp onto the wet, inky block and then onto your cardstock. The more water you put on the block, the more the ink will spread and lighten.  I just sprayed it a couple of times. It makes it look like you watercolored the images.

By the way, I did not use this watercolor method when stamping the sentiment as I was not sure it would be legible if I had.

While I was inking, spraying and stamping, I noticed some ink had splattered onto my card stock (as well as my desk, the other ink pads and the stamp case!).  I liked the look on the card.  Here is a close-up:

 

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Happy Watercolor Month (just a little late!)!

 

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Trees For Sale

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On Wednesday I had some of my stamp club members from my previous home over for a fun night of stamping.  I love it when we can get together for a night of stamping, eating and laughs.  Since we moved to Nashville I don’t get to see these ladies very often. This is one of the cards I designed for them to make.

We used the stamp set called Trees For Sale.  This stamp set is in the 2022 July – December Mini Catalog.  At first, I didn’t even really look at it seriously when I was going through that catalog.  Then I opened the new Sale-a-bration Catalog!  In there they have the coordinating dies called Tree Lot for the Trees For Sale stamp set.  The best part of it is you can get it for FREE with a qualifying purchase!  When I saw the dies, I knew I had to have them both.

To make this card I first stamped the trees in Garden Green and Evening Evergreen Ink.  It takes two stamps the make each tree.  One stamps the outside and the second one does the darker branches.  There are three different-sized trees in the set.  Next, I stamped the string of lights and colored them using Daffodil Delight, Real Red and Garden Green markers.  I cut out the pole using Soft Suede card stock and adhered it using Multipurpose Glue.  Next, I cut out all the pieces of the camper using Real Red, Garden Green and So Saffron card stock and glued them together and then onto the background piece.  Then I stamped the sign in Soft Suede ink and cut it out using the coordinating die.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Garden Green ink.

There are a lot of products in the Sale-a-bration catalog that you could earn for free.  These include stamps, dies and Designer Series Paper.  Unfortunately, the set of Pool Party and Soft Sea Foam Cards and Envelopes have sold out.  Once an item in the SAB catalog sells out, it is gone for good so if you like something, you should order soon.



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Another Joyful Flurry Card

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I figured while I had all the supplies out from the card I showed you on Monday, I would make another card using the traditional stamps and dies from the Joyful Flurry stamp set and the Frosted Flurry Dies bundle.  By the way, you can save 10% by using the bundle item number.

To make this card, I first stamped a few of the snowflake stamps and the sentiment onto a large piece of Basic White card stock using Versamark Ink.  Then I sprinkled some Copper Embossing Powder over the top and heat set them with my Heat Tool. Making them all at once enabled me to cut them all out using the coordinating dies at the same which saved a lot of time. I used a piece of Washi Tape to keep all the dies in place while cutting out more than one,   By the way, I love the stitched around the sentiment strip.  Both the small and the large strips have this stitching.

Next, I ran a 4″ x 5.25″ of Basic White cardstock through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Merry Melody 3D Embossing Folder and layered that on a Basic White card base.  I cut out three other snowflakes using Copper Foil and arranged all the different snowflakes on top of the card.  The best way to adhere Copper Foil is to use Multipurpose Glue.  Lastly, I layered the sentiment strip using Dimensionals.

It is Sale-a-bration time! It is the best time of year in the Stampin’ Up!® world. You get FREE products with a qualifying order and there are many to choose from. It is also the best time to join my Stampin’ Up! family. For $99 you can pick $125 worth of products from the Annual or Spring Catalogs. Plus you get the Making Plans Collection for free!  Your kit will come with all the business supplies you will need to get started and the shipping is free!

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Joyful Flurry

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It is always hard for me to make Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards in the summertime.  The weather is warm and the sun is shining and no one wants to think about snow and cold weather.  I know it is the last thing I want to think about but the 2022 July – December Mini Catalog is out and it is full of fall products that are just so amazing that I had to get some of them out to play with.

I know a lot of people looked at the new 2022 July – December Mini Catalog, saw the Joyful Flurry stamp set and the Frosted Flurry Dies and thought “Oh no!  More snowflakes!” but you need to take a closer look at them.  Yes, they are normal snowflakes but look at the coordinating dies!  Yes, they cut out the snowflake stamps but there are also dies that only partially cut out the card stock and make great backgrounds.  I just love that!

This card was super easy to make.  I first cut out the snowflake using one of the Frosted Flurry Dies in Blamy Blue card stock.  Then I used one of the Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut around that.  Next I stamped the sentiment in Night Of Navy ink.  I layered this piece on top of a slightly larger piece of Night Of Navy card stock. Next I stamped the background snowflakes on a piece 4″ x 5.25″ of Balmy Blue cardstock with Night Of Navy ink and layered that on top of a Night Of Navy card base.  When I was done putting everything together, I added a drop of Pearlized Enamel Effects Basics in White.  When that was dry I lifted up the cut out piece of the snowflakes to make it look 3D.  Isn’t that snowflake so pretty?

On a side note, you can make the dots using the Pearlized Enamel Effects ahead of time and let them dry so they are ready to use whenever you want them to be.  Just use your Silicone Mat or a piece of Window Sheets and make a bunch of dots in different sizes and let them dry.  You can also make hearts and stars by first putting a drop of it on the sheet and then taking something sharp and dragging it down.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! It is the best time of year in the Stampin’ Up!® world. You get FREE products with a qualifying order and there are many to choose from. It is also the best time to join my Stampin’ Up! family. For $99 you can pick $125 worth of products from the Annual or Spring Catalogs. Plus you get the Making Plans Collection for free!  Your kit will come with all the business supplies you will need to get started and the shipping is free!

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Nature’s Prints

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This has got to be the weirdest summer weather-wise in a long time.  I know the rest of the country is having these awful heat waves but in Northern New York, it has been mid 60’s to mid 70’s and very, very windy.  Lake Ontario has been very rough all season with big waves and white caps every day.  I don’t really mind the cool weather but I could definitely do without the wind.

I made this card using products from the Sun Prints Suite that is in the 2022/2023 Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog.  This suite includes the stamp set called Nature’s Prints, Natural Prints Dies (and you can save 10% by purchasing them using the bundle item number), Sun Prints Designer Series Paper and the Fern 3D Embossing Folder.  You can order all those products together using one item number (158805) and it includes the 10% bundle discount.

To make this card I first ran a 2.75″ x 5.25″ piece of Gray Granite card stock through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Fern 3D Embossing Folder.  Next, I cut a 1.5″ x 5.25″ piece of the Sun Prints DSP and adhered them together.  Then I wrapped a piece of 1/4″ Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon around the place where the two papers met.  I glued them to a Night Of Navy card base.

Next, I stamped and cut out all the pieces of the flowers and leaves using the Nature’s Prints stamp set and the Natural Prints Dies.  I also cut out the wreath using Basic White card stock and layered them onto the card.  I used Multipurpose Glue because I find that easier than using a tape runner when the pieces are smaller.  I stamped the sentiment in Mossy Meadow ink and cut that out using a retired circle punch.  Next, I cut out the label in Mossy Meadow card stock and layered them together and adhered them to the card using Dimensionals.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! It is the best time of year in the Stampin’ Up!® world. You get FREE products with a qualifying order and there are many to choose from. It is also the best time to join my Stampin’ Up! family. For $99 you can pick $125 worth of products from the Annual or Spring Catalogs. Plus you get the Making Plans Collection for free!  Your kit will come with all the business supplies you will need to get started and the shipping is free!

Click on the Join Now button to the right or feel free to contact me for more information.

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