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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Colorful and sparkly Honey Bee!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is having a little fun with the Honey Bee Bundle! I’ve seen so many awesome cards and crafts with this bundle and just love the one’s using Bermuda Bay cardstock and ink. So, I thought I would show you one card design, but how you can make the card with either Bermuda Bay or So Saffron, or both! One of the fun embellishments that you can use, is the Metallic Baker’s Twine & Sequins Combo Pack! The DSP I used is also from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog, the Golden Honey Specialty DSP, which is awesome to use because it is so easy to add a pop of color! 

For the base layer, use this design from the DSP, cut at 4” x 5”:

For the card front, you will need:

1. 2” x 4” piece of DSP (this is the other side of the base layer design) and wrap a piece of the Bermuda Bay twine around four times, then tie into a knot.

2. Stamp the sentiment in Memento Ink on Whisper White cardstock and punch out with the 1” Circle Punch. Use the 1 1/8” Scallop Punch to punch out of Bermuda Bay cardstock, this will be layered under the sentiment.
3. Use the large detailed bee die to cut one out of Black Foil Sheet.

4. On Bermuda Bay cardstock, I traced the outline of the body and wings with a pencil, using the outline from the Black Foil Sheet. Cut out with Paper Snips, erase any pencil marks, and use your Wink of Stella over the whole piece. This will be adhered under the Black Foil die cut.

5. You will need four large and two small of the Bermuda Bay sequins from the combo pack.

I adhered the 2” strip of DSP and the sentiment to the base layer with dimensionals, adhered the two bee pieces together with the Fine Tip Glue Pen, and then adhered it to the 2” strip of DSP with Multipurpose Glue. You can also “pull” the wings up after the glue dries:

I used my Take You Pick Tool to pick up the large sequins and place them on a glue dot, then placed on the DSP. I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen to place a “dollop” of glue for the small sequins and also used my Take Your Pick Tool to put them in place:

This finished piece is then adhered to a Bermuda Bay 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”, stamp the bees and sentiment in Memento Ink, and color in the body of the bees with a Light Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends:

Now, here’s my alternative card and the only difference is that I used So Saffron instead of Bermuda Bay:

These are super cute and easy cards that you can use for a variety of occasions! Really, any of the sentiments from the Honey Bee stamp set can be used in a variety of occasions! While the Baker’s Twine & Sequin Combo have sold out, the DSP is still available while supplies last or March 31st, whichever comes first!

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#simplestamping with Painted Poppies!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a quick and easy #simplestamping card featuring the Painted Poppies stamp set! What makes this a #simplestamping card? It is created with just using ink, paper, and stamps! The card I’m sharing with you today is to not only show you how easy it is, but also a great way to pair it with the Peaceful Moments stamp set to send to someone for any occasion. I just love the Blackberry Bliss and Purple Posy color combination, so for this card I wanted to use both of these colors and add a splash of Rococo Rose.

For the card front, you will need:

1. Cut a piece of Purple Posy cardstock for the base layer at 4” x 5 ¼”. I used the large splatter stamp from Painted Poppies in Highland Heather ink, stamping off first, and the small splatter stamp in Blackberry Bliss ink.

2. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 2” x 3” and stamp the flower stamp in Memento ink. I used Dark Purple Posy, Dark Rococo Rose, and Dark Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blends to color in the flowers.

3. Cut a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock at 2 ¼” x 3 ¼”, this will be layered under the Whisper White cardstock piece.

The card base is Blackberry Bliss cardstock, cut at 4 ¼”x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”. Adhere the Purple Posy base layer to the card base and then adhere the layered flower piece in the middle with dimensionals:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss ink, and stamp the top of the flower stamp (used on the card front) in Memento ink along the bottom, coloring in the same as the card front:

Quick and easy card to make! That’s what makes this #simplestamping! Sending cards shouldn’t just be about holidays or special occasions, just letting someone know that you are thinking of them by sending a card can truly make their day! It is so easy to get caught up making those “wow” cards, but sometimes we also need inspiration for those “10 minutes or less” cards!!

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Sporty Birthday Card with the Country Club Suite

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and sporty birthday card featuring the Country Club Suite! While this card would be great for the golfer in your life, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a golfer you give this to. The stamp set and coordinating dies give you the option to create a card that is geared more towards a golfer or you can also just create a masculine themed card. Hmmm…that sounds like an idea for another day! Lol But for today’s card, I wanted to share how you can use some of the die cut elements to create this fun card!

The base layer is Garden Green cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and embossed with the Absolutely Argyle 3D Embossing folder, using the “debossed” side of the cardstock. Tip-if you notice in my supply items, there is the Stampin’ Spritzer and the Embossing Plate. I spritz the cardstock lightly with water and use the Embossing Plate instead of the normal cutting plate. The new 3D Embossing Folders are slightly thinner and the Embossing Plate helps with embossing as it is slightly thicker:

For the card front, you will need:

1. This design from the Country Club DSP, cut at 4” x 4” (you could make nine of these cards from one sheet of DSP).

2. Using Crushed Curry cardstock, punch out a circle with the 2” Circle Punch and the golf balls with the die.

3. Using a Silver Foil Sheet, use the shield shape and two golf club dies to cut out. I colored the golf club handles with the Dark Basic Black Stampin’ Blends.

4. Using Garden Green cardstock, use the grass and the V-shaped vine piece to cut out.

5. On Night of Navy cardstock, heat emboss the sentiment in White Emboss Powder and cut out with the large banner die.

Here is a close up of the two assembled pieces, I used the putty end of the Take Your Pick to pick-up the golf ball, placed it on a glue dot, and used the pierce end to place the golf ball on the grass. I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the V-shaped vine piece to the Crushed Curry circle, snail to adhere the shield shape, and mini dimensionals for the sentiment banner piece:

I used liquid glue to adhere the DSP to the embossed base layer (this helps to move the DSP if needed when placing) and Snail to adhere the circle piece on top of the DSP:

I adhered the grass/golf ball piece and the two golf clubs (Fine Tip Glue Pen) on each side of the circle piece:

This completed piece is adhered to a Crushed Curry 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 in Garden Green ink and the golf ball on a tee stamp in Memento ink. I used Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends to color the tee, Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends for the grass, and Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends for the shadow on the golf ball:

Isn’t this a great masculine themed card? The coordinating dies in this suite don’t just cut, but some of them also emboss! This is such a cool way to add some dimension to those die cut shapes!

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Sending You Tropical Wishes

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a warm and tropical birthday card featuring the Tropical Oasis Suite! My Saddle Brown Stazon Ink pad arrived from backorder a couple weeks ago and it was time experiment with it! Not only that, but I really wanted to work on my coloring of the flowers from this stamp set. I really like the stamped image in the Saddle Brown ink, it doesn’t feel as harsh as using Memento or Early Espresso inks, and there was no “bleeding” considering I used a Blender Pen, Stampin’ Blends, and Wink of Stella. I also played around with different coloring tools, Blends, Sponging, and Markers, but ultimately, I really liked using the Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen for coloring and then used the Light Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends to “fill in” the petals.

The base layer is Crumb Cake cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and is embossed with the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder. I then took the Saddle Brown ink pad and “dragged” it across the embossed side, horizontally and vertically, to give the embossed cardstock some depth:

For the front of the card, you will need:

1. This design from the Tropical Oasis DSP, cut at 4” x 4”.

2. Two strips of the Braided Burlap Trim, each cut at 4”.

3. Stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso ink on a ¾” strip of Very Vanilla cardstock and trim down.

4. Stamp the palm trees in Saddle Brown ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with the coordinating dies. Use the Old Olive watercolor pencil to color in the leaves, the Early Espresso watercolor pencil (very lightly) to color the tree trunk, and use a Blender Pen to blend, or soften, the leaves and tree trunk. I created the “coconuts” by coloring the 3mm Pearl Basic Jewels with the Dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends.

5. Stamp the hibiscus flower in Saddle Brown ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with the coordinating die. Color the stamen with Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends and color the middle of the flower, the shaded areas on the petals, and around the edge of the petals with a Calypso Coral watercolor pencil. I very lightly used the Real Red watercolor pencil for definition around the flower center, used a Blender Pen to blend the watercolor areas, used Light Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends to fill in the petals, and then went over the whole flower with Wink of Stella.

6. For the two smaller flowers, I did the same thing as above, but I used a little bit more Real Red watercolor pencil in the shaded center areas, and colored a 3mm Pearl Basic Jewel with Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends for the center of the flowers. 

I first adhered the DSP to the embossed base layer with Multipurpose Glue and then adhered the two strips of Braided Burlap Trim with Tear & Tape Adhesive:

The hibiscus and one of the smaller flowers are adhered to the DSP and the other small flower is adhered with a dimensional. For the palm tree, I placed dimensionals behind the leaves and then a little bit of adhesive to the bottom of the tree trunks, so they will stick to the braided trim. Then I decided that the sentiment would be adhered to the DSP, in the upper right corner:

This completed piece is then adhered to an Early Espresso 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 in Early Espresso ink, and then use the pineapple stamp to stamp just the top along the bottom in Old Olive ink, filling in the leaves with the Old Olive watercolor pencil and the Blender Pen:

Isn’t this a super cool card?? This is a fun way to get out those watercolor pencils that have been sitting around just collecting dust! Lol I will admit that I completely forgot about coloring with them and a Blender Pen versus an Aqua Painter, so maybe now I won’t be so intimidated by trying to figure out how to color the flowers without making them look like a blob!!

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Tulip Get Well Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a cute “get well” card made with the Pleased as Punch Designer Series Paper and the Tulip Builder Punch! This DSP was recently released by Stampin’ Up! that coordinates with the Small Bloom Punch (from the 2020 SAB Catalog), Heart Punch Pack, Tulip Builder Punch, and Umbrella Builder Punch (these three are from the 2020 Mini Catalog), which is another cute way to use your punches for your creative projects! So, while sitting at my desk and watching some TV, I used the Tulip Builder Punch to punch out as many tulips and leaves just to see how many cards I could make with the punch outs. After it was all said and done, I was able to create six cards using two of the designs from the DSP, one for the tulips and one for the base layer. 

The base layer is this design from the Pleased as Punch DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. Note-I cut up the 12” x 12” DSP, first trimming 1 ½” off one side, turning 90 degrees and cutting at 4” (three times, along the 12” side), and then cutting those in half on the 10 ½” side, at 5 ¼”. I cut the 1 ½” strip along the 12” side at 4” and then cut the 1 ½” side in half, at ¾”, which are used for the inside. You will then have six 4” x 5 ¼” base layers and six ¾” x 4” strips for the inside:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Stamp the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink on Whisper White cardstock, punch out with the 1” Circle Punch, and use the 1 1/8” Circle Scallop Punch on Blueberry Bushel Cardstock, this will be layered under the sentiment.

2. Use the fourth largest layering Stitched Rectangle Die to cut out of Vellum Cardstock. Tip- if you cut the Vellum Cardstock in half along the 8 ½” side, you will be able to cut six of these out.

3. Use one each of the punched-out tulips and three of the punched-out leaves.

To assemble, first adhere the stitched Vellum Cardstock to the base layer DSP (put the adhesive in the middle so the tulips will hide it), arrange/adhere the tulips and leaves, and adhere the layered sentiment with a dimensional:

This completed piece is then adhered to a Blueberry Bushel 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”, stamp the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink, and adhere the ¾” x 4” strip of DSP along the bottom:

Aside from the time it took to punch out the tulips, this is really a very easy card to make! I really like the “rain shower” as the background for the tulips and if you make six of these cards, I feel that any of the sentiments from the Timeless Tulips stamp set could be used for the inside, simple leave the inside blank and stamp the sentiment as needed. This is a great way to have a stash of cards ready to go and use up your DSP! A couple more tips I can pass along, is that you will have enough full size tulips for five cards and for the sixth, you will have to punch out a partial one, but that can be hidden and you can also change up the leaves, the back side of the DSP is green and white speckled, so you can mix those up!

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Birthday card for the fashionista!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a super cute birthday card for that fashionista in your life! If you missed it, the Best Dressed Suite in the 2020 Mini Catalog is a super cute suite that I think of as “for the girly girl”, you know, they like makeup, shoes, purses…all the fun stuff! And yes, that includes me! Lol However, I thought I would show you an easy, fun, and cute card to make with the Best Dressed 6” x 6” DSP. I’m all about making easy cards and using up my DSP and since this DSP has 4 each of 12 double sided designs, I am using this particular design to make four cards that will be ready to address and send out as needed! 

For the base layer, you will use this design from the Best Dressed DSP. I first cut a ¾” strip along the bottom and then turned the DSP 90 degrees and cut at 4”. The base layer is the 4” x 5 ¼” and then you will also have a ¾” x 6” and a 2” x 5 ¼” strips of DSP left over:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Use the swirl die from Painted Labels to cut out of Purple Posy cardstock.

2. Stamp the sentiment from Peaceful Moments on Whisper White cardstock in Blackberry Bliss ink and cut out with the smaller label die from Painted Labels.

3. Cut enough of the Petal Pink Metallic Edge Ribbon to tie around the DSP layer into a bow.

4. You will also need three of the 3mm Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

To assemble the card, adhere the sentiment to the Purple Posy swirl cut out cardstock, use dimensionals to attach to the DSP base layer, tie the ribbon around the DSP into a bow, and then use the Take Your Pick Tool to attach the rhinestones:

This completed piece is adhered to a Purple Posy 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”, stamp the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss ink, and adhere the ¾” strip along the bottom, trimming off the excess:

For the 2” x 5 ¼” piece of DSP, I use this die from the Beautiful Layers Dies to cut it so the DSP can be adhered to the envelope flap:

This card is so cut and soooo easy to make!! Whether it’s stamps or DSP, I always try to decorate the envelope because you have this super cut card and you don’t want to send it in a plain envelope! j/k I usually stamp something small, but when it comes to 6” x 6” DSP, this is my “go to” for using up all the DSP! 

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