Create a colorful background with Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new Country Floral Dynamic TIEF! This awesome embossing folder is a part of the Sale-A-Bration 2ndrelease and you can earn this with a qualifying $50 (USD) product purchase. Another embossing folder?? Yes, please! While I love the look of this embossing folder on cardstock, today I’m going to show you how to take this up a notch by adding color.

First, ink the embossing folder (the side with the Sizzix and SU! logos) by pressing the Pineapple Punch ink pad directly to the folder*. Then place a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock in the folder and run through the Big Shot. *TIP-Dragging the ink pad across the embossing folder will give you a much lighter effect, whereas applying the ink pad directly to the embossing folder will give you a more saturated effect.:

I started by coloring the roses and petal flowers with a sponge dauber and Lovely Lipstick ink:

I then colored the other flowers with a sponge dauber and Grapefruit Grove ink:

Finally, I colored the leaves with a sponge dauber and Call Me Clover ink. *TIP-You can always go back over the flowers or leaves with the sponge dauber to make the color darker:

For the rest of the card front, stamp the sentiment from Florentine Filigree stamp set on Whisper White cardstock in Lovely Lipstick ink, cutting out with this die from the Stitched Labels Framelits, and enough Whisper White Tulle Ribbon to tie around the embossed cardstock into a bow:

The ribbon is tied into a bow and the sentiment is adhered with liquid glue:

The completed base layer is adhered to a 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”, Lovely Lipstick cardstock card base. Using any of the 2018-2020 InColors cardstock will work, I chose Lovely Lipstick because I liked how it made the roses standout:

The inside sentiment from Florentine Filigree is stamped in Lovely Lipstick ink on a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock. The flowers are from the Amazing Life stamp set, they looked like the small petal flowers on the embossing folder to me, stamped in Memento Ink and colored in with Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, and Call Me Clover Stampin’ Write Markers:

Wasn’t that quick and easy for a beautiful card? I thought that by using a simple sentiment for the front wouldn’t take away from the embossing folder being the focal point. If you don’t have Stampin’ Write Markers, Blender Pens and your ink pad work just as well!

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One Sheet Wonder with Gingham Gala DSP

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a quick and easy One Sheet Wonder using the Gingham Gala 6” x 6” DSP! I don’t know about you, but I am always on the lookout for great OSW’s that I can utilize as much DSP as possible and so I’m going to show you how I made two cards from one sheet of the DSP! This is not only a great way to use up your DSP, but you can easily make several cards to keep on hand for any occasion.

I first started with a piece of the Gingham Gala DSP in Daffodil Delight, cut ¾” off one side (5 ¼” x 6”), turned the DSP, and cut the 6” side in half or at 3”. This will give you two pieces measuring 3” x 5 ¼” and then one piece measuring ¾” x 6”:

I then cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 2” x 5 ¼” and using both bokeh dot stamps from Beauty Abounds, stamp the larger dots in Smokey Slate ink and the smaller dots in Daffodil Delight ink:

For the card front, you will use the coordinating Daffodil Delight Organdy Ribbon*, Daffodil Delight Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins, and the small butterfly dies from the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies in Black Foil Sheets. TIP**I cut a 1” x 12” strip of the Black Foil Sheet, cut it in half (6”), cut a piece of the Multipurpose Adhesive sheet at 1” x 6”, and placed it on the back of the foil sheet prior to cutting. This makes adhering those little intricate pieces easy:

To assemble the card front, I adhered the stamped cardstock to the DSP and then adhered this to Daffodil Delight cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”. Remove the adhesive sheet backing from the butterflies to adhere, place 3 of the adhesive-backed sequins in random places, and then tie the organdy ribbon into a bow and adhere with a glue dot:

The inside sentiment is on a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock, the butterflies from Beauty Abounds are stamped in Smoky Slate and Daffodil Delight inks, and the sentiment from the stamp set is stamped in Smoky Slate ink:

*Unfortunately, the organdy ribbon from the SAB catalog is no longer available, however, here is an alternative using the Daffodil Delight ¼” Double-Stitched Ribbon:

Here are some more cards that I made exactly the same, just made them in Balmy Blue, Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather, and Lemon Lime Twist and the second card has an alternative ribbon used in place of the organdy ribbon:

What really makes this card easy is that the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies comes with multiples of the same die! So, you can cut all the butterflies you need for BOTH cards at the same time! You can also leave the inside blank for now and then when you need a card just stamp that sentiment! 

Did you notice that you are left with five ¾” strips of the DSP?? Then be sure to join me next time as I show you a card to make with those!!

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Wishing you a lovely Valentine’s Day

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a sweet card to send for Valentine’s Day! I just love the Grapefruit Grove & Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets, which you can still earn for free with a qualifying $50 purchase from the SAB catalog while supplies last, so making a Valentine’s card with Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets is a must! I really wanted to create a card that would be sweet and let someone know that you are thinking of them, but not necessarily one traditionally made with hearts. Using the combination of the Forever Lovely Bundle and coordinating DSP from the All My Love DSP made it super easy.

The card base is Thick Whisper White cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”. I cut a ½” strip off the card front for the strip of DSP that will be peeking out from the inside:

Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3 ¾” x 4”and use the flower edgelit to cut/emboss one end of the cardstock. Cut a piece of Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheet at 2” x 3 ¾”and then used the coordinating edgelit to cut out the foil sheet to layer under the Whisper White cardstock:

The rest of the items you will need for this card will be the sentiment stamped in Lovely Lipstick ink on Whisper White cardstock, cut out with the 2ndlargest Oval Stitched Shapes Framelits, and then layered on a piece of Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheet cut out with the 3rdlargest Scalloped Oval Layering Framelit, the small flowers are cut out with the framelit in Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheet with a Pearl Basic Jewell in the middle, the leaves are cut out of Soft Sea Foam cardstock, the strip of DSP measures 3 4/” x 5 ½”, the rose is stamped in Lovely Lipstick ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the coordinating die, the leaves are stamped in Soft Sea Foam ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the coordinating die:

To assemble the card front, adhere the foil sheet to the back of the Whisper White cardstock, and then adhere to the card base, the Soft Sea Foam leaves are adhered to the back of the sentiment and then popped up with dimensionals, the foil flowers are adhered with glue dots, and the DSP is adhered to the inside edge of the card:

The inside sentiment is stamped in Lovely Lipstick ink and the leaves are adhered to the back of the flower, which is then adhered to the corner of the inside:

Isn’t this a lovely card that would be great to hand out for Valentine’s Day? This is another great way to send a card to let friends and family you are thinking of them!

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Lasting Lily and what I learned for the best stamped image

Hello and welcome to today’s blog, which is some tips and tricks I learned experimenting with the stamp set Lasting Lily. This set can be found in the 2019 Sale-A-Bration mini catalog, which you can earn for FREE with a qualifying $100 product purchase. What really caught my attention, are the beautiful sentiments and I thought it would pair wonderfully with the Kindness & Compassion stamp set from the Annual Catalog. Lasting Lily is not only a 2-Step stamp set, but it is also Distinktive. What is Distinktive? It is when the stamp lays down the ink at different opacities giving the finished image more depth. My first (and until now only) Distinktive stamp was Heartfelt Blooms from last year’s SAB catalog. That stamp was a red rubber stamp and Lasting Lily is a photopolymer, which they stamp differently. So, when I sat down to experiment with different colors with Lasting Lily, imagine my surprise when the stamped image looked not quite right…

I pre-cut Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock to 4” x 5 ¼” to have plenty on hand, especially for the inside sentiments. This is a great way to experiment with stamps if you are seeing how the final image looks or are trying to figure the best color to use. I thought that Petal Pink or Blushing Bride would be good colors to start with and I did not like the stamped image, wasn’t very Distinktive as the image from the case insert for the set. Fast forward after experimenting with a variety of variables, the bottom line is that if your ink pad has too much ink, you will not get the best stamped image.

What do you mean too much ink and how does that even happen?? 

It can happen one of two ways: either it comes to you with too much ink or you use your ink refill and apply too much. I’ve had both happen.

How can I “remove” or “take up” this excess ink?? 

There are three ways that I can suggest:

1. Use the back of a spoon and using a “sweeping motion”, push the ink down on the pad:

2. I use these blue shop towels for cleaning (better than paper towels and leaves little to no residue) and you place this on top of the ink pad and gently press down to absorb some of the excess ink:

3. If you have an ink pad that is really inked up, take a couple pieces of printer paper, fold it in half, and lay that on top of the ink pad and gently press down so the paper can absorb the excess ink:

Repeat any of these steps as necessary. One way to really tell that you have too much ink without even stamping on a piece of cardstock, is the stamp itself. If you see any bubbling on the inked image, then you will not have a clean and precise image that you desire, you can see that in the stamped images above. This is totally my opinion and what I found worked for me, you may find other results. I know that it is suggest that with photopolymer stamps to use a Stampin’ Pierce Mat underneath your cardstock, but I didn’t find any additional help in this case and I also already have a mat that I use under my grid paper for stamping. I hope this helps you, if you too run into the same issues I had. This is a beautiful stamp set and I hope you have fun making lots of wonderful cards!

Here is a quick tutorial for the card that I made with this set:

The card base is Mossy Meadow cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”. I used the embossing thinlit from the Stitched Labels Framelits on the upper left and lower right corners:

The stems and leaf are stamped in Mossy Meadow ink and the lilies are stamped in Mango Melody ink on Whisper White cardstock. This is then cut out with the 3rdlargest Rectangle Stitched Framelit Die, which measures 3 1/8” x 4 ½”. I tied a piece of the Braided Linen Trim into a bow across the bottom and then layered this on a piece of 3 ¼” x 4 5/8” piece of Wood Textures DSP:

This is then adhered to the card base with dimensionals:

Quick and easy card to make for any occasion!

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Rustic card with Home to Roost

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Home to Roost stamp set! This super cute stamp set is in the 2019 Sale-A-Bration catalog and you can earn this for FREE with a qualifying $50 (USD) purchase! I honestly passed this stamp set by the first time I saw it in the SAB catalog, but then what really caught my eye was the card samples in the catalog, which inspired this card. Not only is the rooster another stamp that you can use to color in with your Stampin’ Blends, but look at the sentiments! These great for just simply sending a card, but I can totally see using “enjoy the simple moments” for scrapbooking! For this card, I really wanted to give it a distressed and rustic flare, which is so easy to do!

The card base is Early Espresso cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The base layer is Crumb Cake cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

To distress the Crumb Cake cardstock, first emboss the cardstock with the Tin Tile DTIEF, crumple the paper into a ball, unfold flat, use a sponge with Early Espresso ink along the raised impressions, take the edge of your scissors to distress the edges, and then use the sponge again with Early Espresso ink along the distressed edges:

The rooster is stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock in Memento ink, but before stamping, I used a Q-Tip to remove the ink around the bottom that looks like a shadow underneath. The image is then fussy cut out and colored in with Dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark Real Red, Light Cajun Craze, and Dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends:

Cut a 2 ½” x 3” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, stamp the wheat image twice in Sahara Sand ink, use a blender pen with a little bit of Sahara Sand ink to fill in the ground, and then use a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to color in the shading underneath the rooster, stamping this on the shaded ground:

The rooster is adhered with dimensionals on the Very Vanilla cardstock and then use a sponge with Early Espresso ink along the edges:

Cut a piece of Wood Textures DSP to 3” x 4 ½”, adhere the stamped cardstock, and then use enough Copper Trim to tie around into a bow:

This piece is then adhered to the base layer and then I used dimensionals to adhere this to the card base:

The inside is a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock and I stamped the wheat image along the bottom in Sahara Sand ink, using second generation stamping to fill in (or stamping off):

Wasn’t that easy?? A little sponging, a little distressing, and you get a rustic themed card! Again, I did not use any sentiments on the front or inside as this is one of my “use for any reason” cards! This stamp set would also make a great “masculine” card!!

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Sweet springtime card with Grapefruit Grove

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a sweet springtime themed card made with Grapefruit Grove as the featured color! When the 2018-2020 InColors came out in the Annual Catalog, I just loved Grapefruit Grove! It is such a pretty orange/peach color, however, I struggle to use the cardstock! Anytime I sit down to create a card with Grapefruit Grove cardstock I tend to see more orange than anything else! Orange is a hard color for me as it’s not a color I tend to use/wear in my day-to-day. So when I received my latest order that included the Grapefruit Grove & Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets, I was bound and determined to create a card with Grapefruit Grove Cardstock, lol! These foil sheets are truly stunning and they come in a package of eight, four of each color. I really wanted to use the small butterflies from the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies since they are adorable and after some thinking, the flower stamps from Abstract Impressions seemed perfect.

The card base is Grapefruit Grove cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The base layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and is embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder:

The next layer is Gingham Gala 6” x 6” DSP, cut at 3” x 4 ½”:

For the rest of the card front, you will need a 2 ½” x 3” piece of Whisper White cardstock, four of the butterflies cut out of the Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheet, and Grapefruit Grove Organdy Ribbon (this is a part of a combo pack found in the SAB catalog). To create the stamped flowers on the Whisper White cardstock, I first stamped the taller grass stamp in Lemon Lime Twist ink and then stamped the smaller grass stamp in Granny Apple Green ink. I stamped the flower image in Grapefruit Grove ink and then stamped the accent flower petals in Calypso Coral ink:

Tip for cutting with detailed thinlits: Butterfly Beauty Thinlits come with multiples of the same die, which saves you time not have to cut the same image multiple times with the Big Shot. I used all eight of the small detailed butterfly thinlits, so I cut a piece of the foil sheet at 1” x 6” and then cut a piece of the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet the same, adhered it to the back of the foil sheet, and then ran the dies thru the Big Shot. Since the adhesive sheet makes the paper a little bit thicker, I run them thru the big shot 3-4 to make sure it cuts through the layers:

To assemble the card front, lay the gingham paper down, slightly askew, and then adhere the stamped flower piece on top. This piece is then adhered to the embossed Whisper White base layer, use a piece of the organdy ribbon long enough to tie around into a bow, and then place four of the eight butterflies where you would like them. This completed piece is then adhered to the Grapefruit Grove card base:

For the inside, I used a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and then placed the remaining four butterflies along the sides:

Wasn’t that a fun, easy, and sweet card to make?? For this particular card I chose not to use a sentiment, I’m not sure what I’m going to use this for…yet! This is a great way to create cards without any theme and have readily available! 

While the Abstract Impressions stamp set and Pinewood Planks DTIEF are in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, the Gingham Gala DSP and Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies are in the 2019 Occasions Catalog. The organdy ribbon and foil sheets are in the 2019 Sale-A-Bration Catalog and you can earn these items for FREE with a qualifying $50 (USD) each!!

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Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog! 

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