Hello, pineapple!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and tropical card featuring the Tropical Oasis Suite! The Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper has some absolutely beautiful designs that are sure to perk you up and out of those “winter blues”! As I was looking over the DSP and trying to decide which design to use, I thought why not the pineapple design? I will admit that it’s not necessarily a design that I would be drawn to create with, so I thought this would be a perfect way to not only challenge myself, but to also create a cute and fun card! 

For the base layer, cut a piece of Soft Suede cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, spritz with some water, and emboss with the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder. I then used my Stazon Saddle Brown ink pad and “dragged” it across the embossed cardstock, vertically and horizontally (top to bottom and left to right). I felt that this really gave the embossed cardstock that “basket” look:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Cut a 3” x 3” square of this design from the DSP and then cut at 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” square of So Saffron cardstock to be layered under the DSP. 

2. Stamp the pineapple stamp in the Saddle Brown in on Very Vanilla cardstock, use the Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Watercolor pencils to color in, blend with the Stampin’ Blender Pen, and cut out with the coordinating die.

3. Choose one of the Tropical Oasis Trinkets.

4. Cut a 5 ¼” piece of the Braided Burlap Trim.

5. Using the aloha die, cut two times from Very Vanilla cardstock and one time from the Gold Foil Sheet. All three layers will be adhered together, with the gold foil cut out on top.

6. Use three of the leaf dies to cut out of Old Olive cardstock (I spritzed the cardstock first with water since these are cut and emboss dies) and then took each leave and “dragged” them across the saddle brown ink pad, making sure the edges get inked.

I used Tear & Tape to adhere the burlap trim across the middle of the embossed cardstock base layer, adhere the pineapple cut out on top of one of the pineapples from the DSP, adhere the DSP/cardstock layers to the embossed cardstock base layer with dimensionals, and a glue dot to adhere the trinket to the burlap trim:

The leaves are adhered to the embossed cardstock base layer and the layered die cut sentiment is adhered around the bottom of the leaves. I also frayed the end of the burlap trim with my fingernails:

This completed piece is adhered to an Old Olive cardstock base layer, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp and color the pineapple in the corner the same way as the one on the card front, and stamp the sentiment in saddle brown ink:

This card is just so cute! Not only is this also a great “masculine” card, but if you are looking for Father’s Day cards, this would totally be a great option! I know, it may seem a little soon to be thinking about Father’s Day, but I just wanted to show you that this suite also has a masculine side and you can easily make multiples of this card since the DSP cut is smaller!

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One Sheet Wonder with Lovely Lily Pad

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which feature’s the Lovely Lily Pad stamp set, Lily Pad Dies, and Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper from the 2020 Sale-A-Bration Catalog! A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the Stamp It Group’s monthly blog hop which featured cards and projects from the SAB catalog and for my card, I used the Lovely Lily Pad stamp set and coordinating Lily Pad Dies. Well, I absolutely loved how the lily turned out using Stampin’ Blends and heat embossing, so I wanted to create another card, but change up the colors used. The design I used for the base layer of this card actually inspired the colors I used for the lily, which I love how this turned out as well!

For the base layer, I chose this design from the Lily Impressions DSP. This DSP comes in 12” x 12” sheets, so I cut this sheet up to create six cards: trim 1 ½” off the bottom, turn the DSP 90 degrees, cut at 4”, three times across (you will have three 4” x 10 ½” sheets), and then cut those sheets in half (along the 10 ½” side) at 5 ¼”. As for the 1 ½” x 12” strip, cut that at the 4” mark three times and then cut the 1 ½” side in half, at ¾”. This will give you six small strips measuring ¾” x 4”, for the inside of the card:

For the rest of the card front, you will need:

1. Use the Pool Party So Very Vellum cardstock and cut into 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares.

2. Using the Silver Metallic Thread, wrap around your four fingers, four times.

3. Stamp the sentiment from Timeless Tulips in Calypso Coral ink on Whisper White cardstock and punch out with the 1” Circle Punch. Use the 1 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch to punch out a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock, this will be layered under the sentiment.

4. For the leaves and lily pad, first ink the outline stamp in Versamark ink, then in Garden Green ink, and stamp on Whisper White cardstock. Sprinkle Clear Emboss Powder and set with your heat tool (don’t forget to use your Embossing Buddy on the cardstock first!). I colored these in with the Light Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends and along one side of the leaves, I used the Dark Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends to give a little shading. These are then cut out with the coordinating dies.

5. For the large lily, first use your Embossing Buddy on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the outline stamp in Versamark ink and then Calypso Coral ink, sprinkle with Clear Emboss Powder, and set with your heat tool. I first started coloring the inner part of the flower petals with Dark Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends, then Light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends, and then finally Dark Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends, not just the tip of the petals, but over the whole petal. 

To assemble the lily, leaves, lily pad, and Silver Metallic Thread, I placed some adhesive on the back of the lily and when I placed the metallic thread, I made sure it was coming out from the top of the lily only. I then used glue dots to adhere the leaves and placed a couple more glue dots to adhere the lily pad to the lily:

I used some adhesive along the lily pad and leaves to adhere to the vellum square, positioned towards the bottom of the vellum square:

I used adhesive on the back of the vellum square, behind the lily, and then adhered to the middle of the DSP base layer. The layered sentiment is adhered with a dimensional onto the DSP base layer:

This completed piece is adhered to a Coastal Cabana cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” and adhere the ¾” x 4” strip of DSP along the bottom:

Isn’t this a super cute “all occasions” card?? I left the inside sentiment out so that I now will have six cards readily available to send out! Yes, the lily, leaves, and lily pad are a little time consuming because of the coloring and die cutting, but honestly, if you have a couple hours just to sit down and let your creativity flow, or even break it up over a few days, this is a great way to use up all these awesome products and send out beautiful cards for any occasion or reason! 

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Best Wishes from The Gang’s All Meer!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a quick and easy going away card featuring The Gang’s All Meer stamp set! Recently, my husband asked me to make a going away card for a co-worker that will be leaving and what perfect card to make for everyone to sign, then with this super cute stamp set? I also used my Stamparatus to help with a little masking, which was super helpful for lining up the stamps!

The base layer is this design from the Garden Lane DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

For the masking of the Meer Cat popping out of the ground, I first used the second largest Stitched Nested Die to cut out a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped the image in Memento ink. I stamped the image again on a piece of masking paper, trimmed it out, placed on top of the stamped image, lined up the group of Meer Cat’s, and then stamped in Memento ink:

For the rest of the card front, you will need:

1. Stamp the sentiment in Mossy Meadow ink on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and punch out with the Classic Label Punch. You will also need to punch out another piece in Mossy Meadow cardstock and cut in half, this will be layered under the sentiment.

2. Color the Meer Cat’s in using Stampin’ Blends: Bronze around the inner outline and Ivory to color in, Light Crumb Cake along the ground, and Light Seaside Spray around the bodies and heads.

3. Use the largest Stitched Nested Die to cut a piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock, this will be layered under the Very Vanilla cardstock.

Adhere the Stitched Nested cut-outs together and then adhere to the DSP base layer. Adhere the punched pieces together, with the Mossy Meadow cardstock poking out from each end, and then use Mini Dimensionals to adhere to the DSP base layer:

This completed piece is adhered to a Mossy Meadow cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Mossy Meadow ink (either mask the second layer of the sentiment or use a Stampin’ Write Marker) and stamp the Meer Cat in Memento ink, coloring in with Bronze and Ivory Stampin’ Blends, use Light Crumb Cake to color the ground underneath:

Such a cute card that was so easy to make! If you have been thinking about masking with this stamp set, it is so easy and depending on how you are masking, don’t forget your Stamparatus! This stamp set is perfect for card giving from a group!!

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Peaceful Poppies Tri-Fold Shaker Card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Peaceful Poppies Suite for this super fun tri-fold shaker card! So, I’ve been thinking lately that it’s time to change things up and do a fun fold card, but I hadn’t quite figured out what one I really wanted to share with you. Well, the other day I saw a YouTube video from Jennifer McGuire and I loved it! So, this layout is a CASE (copy and share everything or copy and selectively edit) from her video, which I will provide a link to that video at the end of this post, that I used with the Peaceful Poppies Suite! Sometimes the struggle with making a shaker card can be much, I personally have issues with the foam strips and lining the “frame” up, so if you are like me or maybe you just want to try making a shaker card, this card is a great alternative!

In Jennifer’s video, she actually stamps a scenery, but I thought this design from the Peaceful Poppies DSP would work perfectly for the inside fold. Since this will be a full 4 ¼” x 5 ½” piece, I first cut the sheet of DSP at 4 ¼” and then lined the bottom up at 5 ½” to cut. I lined the second piece of DSP the same, which left me with a small 1” x 4 ¼” strip of the DSP left over:

You will need two card base layers in Basic Black cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”(one sheet of cardstock). After burnishing the score line with your bone folder, you will use one of the card bases with the front opening to your right (or the card fold on the right side) and adhere the DSP with liquid glue:

To make the frames, cut a full sheet of Basic Black cardstock into four 4 ¼” x 5 ½” pieces. From the Stitched Rectangle Dies, use the second largest layering die to cut out. I found it helpful to use my grid paper to help line up the die so that it was even and I also used some craft tape to keep the die in place:

Now you will take the other card base and use the die to cut out a frame from the cardstock. You can still use your grid paper to make sure that it is lined up evenly and use craft tape to keep the die in place:

You will now adhere three of the frame layers together using liquid glue, I used my fingers to “flatten out” the layers to make sure they are flat and evenly adhered together:

Cut two pieces of the Window Sheets at 4 3/16” and 5 7/16”, or the small line right before 4 ¼” and 5 ½” on your trimmer, so they are just slightly smaller than 4 ¼” x 5 ½”:

On the card base with the cut out frame, use Tear & Tape on the front, along each side, remove the backing, and lay one of the Window Sheets on top of the adhesive:

Use another layer of Tear & Tape on top of that same Window Sheet, remove the backing, and place the triple layer frame on top:

Use your Embossing Buddy on the Window Sheet to remove any static and pour some of the Peaceful Poppies Sequins onto the Window Sheet. I place four drops of the Fine Tip Glue Pen on the Window Sheet and then put a sequin on each drop. You will then want to set this aside to allow the glue to dry:

Take the fourth (or left over) cut out frame and place Tear & Tape on the backside, along each side, remove the backing, and place the second Window Sheet on the adhesive, use your Embossing Buddy again to remove any static. On the card base frame, you will want to use another layer of Tear & Tape along each side, remove the backing, and place the top frame layer on top. This will now give you a “shaker card” without the foam strip:

Now you will want to adhere the two back layers of the base cards together with liquid glue, making sure that the DSP front closes to the left and the shaker front closes to the right:

This is what your card folded closed should look like:

For the card front, I stamped the sentiment in Poppy Parade ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the coordinating die. I also cut out four small leaves in Old Olive cardstock and four flower buds, two in Poppy Parade and Blackberry Bliss cardstock, using glue dots to adhere to the leaves:

I used liquid glue to adhere the sentiment and flower buds along the bottom corner, this way you will not see any adhesive on the window sheet:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Poppy Parade ink, the flower stamp along the bottom in Memento ink (you will do this twice to fill in along the bottom), and color in the flowers with Dark Poppy Parade and Dark Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blends:

Isn’t this a super cute and fun card?? If you would like to see Jennifer McGuire’s video, click here. The whole purpose of creating all these frames is so that it gives you that space you need for the sequins to move around between the window sheets. Don’t throw away those inside pieces from the die cuts! Those will make perfect framing layers for future cards. Now, here is some “words of wisdom” that I can pass along to you before you set out to make this card: using the largest layering die may look easier, but it’s not best to use that die, but the second largest die instead. When you use the largest die, there is only an 1/8” of an inch along each side and the Tear & Tape is ¼”, which is too wide, and you definitely need to use Tear & Tape for the Window Sheet pieces, Multipurpose Glue will be too messy and the Fine Tip Glue Pen glue will not adhere Window Sheets together. I personally have some 1/8” tape (you can find this at a big box craft store) but I’m not going to make a card that you may not have Stampin’ Up! products on hand for. I discovered this mistake after I started using the largest layering Stitched Rectangle Die, so I put those pieces aside and started over with the second largest Stitched Rectangle Die. I did go back and finish that card, so here are the two side by side:

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Sweet Little Ladybug Thank You card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and sweet card featuring the Little Ladybug stamp set and coordinating Ladybug Dies! So, how many of you have a stamp set that you just fell in love with, but when you started using it, you fell out of love? Yeah, that’s how I am with the Bokeh Dots stamp set, lol! I ordered this stamp set when it first came out, but no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t seem to like what I was trying to use it for or with. As I was sitting at my desk with the Little Ladybug stamp set in my hand and looking at my background stamps for ideas, I thought why not try the Bokeh Dots stamp set? Then I started thinking of ideas, layouts, and colors, and before I know it, I had this super cute thank you card! 

The base layer is Crumb Cake cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and is embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder. Before I embossed the cardstock, I used my Crumb Cake ink pad and “dragged” it across the embossing folder, leaving some areas lighter or darker (less or more ink) to give the embossed cardstock a little more depth:

For the front of the card, you will need:

1. Stamp just to top of the flower in Memento ink on Whisper White cardstock three times and cut out with the coordinating die. You will use a Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends to color in the middle and then use a little Wink of Stella.

2. On Whisper White cardstock, stamp the Bokeh Dots stamp in Balmy Blue ink and cut out with the fourth largest layering Stitched Rectangle Die. Use the stitched loop die, starting from the upper left corner.

3. Stamp the sentiment on Whisper White cardstock in Memento ink and cut out using the 1 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch. Use the 1 ½” Circle Punch to cut out a piece in Calypso Coral cardstock, this will be layered under the sentiment.

4. Stamp the flying ladybug on Whisper White cardstock in Memento ink, color the inner edge of the wings and body with Light Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends and then color in the rest with Light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends, fill in the backside with just Light Calypso Coral and the face with the Ivory Stampin’ Blends. This is cut out with the coordinating die and use a bit of Wink of Stella on the wings.


I first adhered the stitched rectangle layer on the base layer, making sure it was more towards the top, and then adhered the ladybug at the end of the stitched loop:

Adhere the first flower top in the middle of the stitched layer and then adhere the two other flower tops on each side with dimensionals. The sentiment is adhered on top of the embossed base layer and stitched layer:

This completed piece is adhered to a Calypso Coral cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment and ladybug in Memento ink, and color the ladybug in the same way as you did the ladybug on the front of the card:

I just thought this card turned out so stinking cute! I originally stamped the Bokeh Dots in Daffodil Delight ink, but I really didn’t like how that looked, so then I tried it in Balmy Blue and loved it! I think I realized that the issue I have with Bokeh Dots, is not the stamps themselves, but my point of view and what I like/don’t like and using the Stitched Rectangle Dies helped with that. It just goes to show you, take out those unused and neglected stamp sets every so often and see if you can create something fun! Maybe now you may have other products that will pair nicely with them! lol

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Q-tip coloring with Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features Q-tip coloring with the Flowering Foils Designer Series Paper! Have you ever colored using a Q-tip? This is a fun and easy way to color using your ink pads and the end of a Q-tip! The Flowering Foils DSP is nice and smooth, so applying the ink is very easy and dries quickly. Since there are a few smaller, detailed pieces on this DSP, I thought using a Q-tip would be a great way to color it in and if you are just starting your crafting journey and don’t have a lot of supplies or are limited on space, this would be a fun technique to show you!

The base layer is this design from the DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I first colored in all the leaves with Pear Pizzazz ink, the flower centers with Pineapple Punch ink, and Flirty Flamingo ink on different flower petals:

I then colored in the flowers with Petal Pink in and the flower buds with Grapefruit Grove ink:

I went back over the flower centers with Pineapple Punch ink and blended the Petal Pink ink on the petals a little more. I then filled in the background with a Light Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends to really make the colors pop:

For the rest of the card front, you will need:

1. 6 ½” piece of Petal Pink Organdy Ribbon.

2. Enough Braided Linen Trim to tie into a bow.

3. One of the 5mm (large) Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

4. Stamp the sentiment on Whisper White cardstock in Gray Granite ink and punch out with the Tailored Tag Punch. Punch another piece out of Silver Foil Sheet and cut in half, this will be layered under the sentiment.

Use liquid glue to adhere the foil punch piece under the sentiment, this will give you time to move the piece before it sets and dries. Fold the organdy ribbon in half and use a glue dot to keep it in place. Tie the linen trim into a bow, use a glue dot to adhere to the organdy ribbon, and place the Champagne Rhinestone on the middle of the bow:

Use another glue dot to adhere the organdy ribbon to the base layer and dimensionals to adhere the sentiment:

This completed piece is adhered to a Gray Granite cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

I kept the inside very simple, stamped the sentiment in Gray Granite ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

Don’t you just love this Flowering Foils Designer Series Paper? You can earn it for free, now thru March 31st (or while supplies last), with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration! While this DSP is beautiful on its own, coloring it just takes it a step up for your cards and crafts! Now, I know I should have also colored in the background of this DSP using a Q-tip, but I really wanted to see how well Stampin’ Blends colored with this paper and to really “saturate” the background with color so the flowers stand out. 

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The Power of Encouragement

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Power of Hope Bundle! This stamp set and 3D embossing folder is featured in the 2020 Sale-A-Bration catalog, which you can earn with a qualifying $100 (USD) product purchase until March 31st or while supplies last! The inspiration for today’s card is one of the sentiments, “today is a day for new beginnings”, and really, everyday can be a new beginning with this versatile sentiment. So, why not do some sponge coloring to create a morning sunrise behind the temple? 

The base layer for this card, is the Blueberry Bushel Foil (from the Noble Peacock Foil Sheets), cut at 4” X 5 ¼”, and embossed with the Stone 3D Embossing Folder:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Two strips of the Seaside Spray Scalloped Linen Ribbon, one piece cut at 4 ½” and the other at 5 ¾”. Make sure when you trim the ends that they are the same angle. 

2. Use the largest oval from the Layering Oval Dies to cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. I used a couple sticky notes to mask what would be the ground and sponge colored first in Daffodil Delight ink.

3. Use the 1 ½” Circle Punch to create a second mask to create the “sun” and then first sponge color in Mango Melody ink and then sponge color in Poppy Parade ink, creating your sunrise.

4. I used a little bit of Blueberry Bushel ink around the top, then flipped the sticky note mask so the sunrise was covered, and sponge colored the ground with Blueberry Bushel ink.

5. To stamp the temple, I used my Stamparatus so that I could ink the stamp three times to get a dark and crisp stamp image.

I used Tear & Tape to adhere the ribbon to embossed foil base layer:

The oval scene is adhered with dimensionals and the completed piece is adhered to a Seaside Spray cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink, stamp the maple tree in Early Espresso ink, and color in the tree and grass with Dark Poppy Parade and Dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends:

Isn’t this a cool way to tie the inside sentiment to the card front? I absolutely love using this embossing folder with foil paper! A fun effect with stamping the temple three times, is that it gives it kind of an embossed feeling when you run your finger over the stamped image!

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