Fun birthday card with Gingham Gala DSP

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun birthday card made with the leftover strips of Gingham Gala DSP from Monday’s blog post! If you missed it, you can see it here. Since each strip of DSP is ¾” x 6” that made it very easy to use them to create this card front, which I layered on a piece of embossed cardstock.

I first lined up the DSP in the order that I wanted the colors to go and then trimmed ¼”, ½”, ¾”, 1”, and 1 ¼” off each color:

Each end was then cut with the Banner Triple Punch and adhered to a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Night of Navy Cardstock that is embossed with the Subtle DTIEF. The total width of the DSP strips is 3 ¾”, which allows you to leave a space on each end:

For the rest of the card front, I stamped the sentiment from the Amazing Life stamp set in Night of Navy ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the 3rdsmallest Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies. Use a piece of Silver Foil Sheet to cut out the balloons with the Balloon Bouquet Punch, tie a piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine on the small balloon and Night of Navy Medium Baker’s Twine on the big balloon, and then adhere with dimensionals. I added three of the Twinkle Adhesive Backed Sequin Stars for some extra bling:

This piece is then adhered with dimensionals to a 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”, Night of Navy cardstock card base:

The inside sentiment from Amazing Life is stamped in Night of Navy ink, the cake and accent stamp is stamped in Balmy Blue ink, and the candle is colored in with a Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker:

What a quick and easy card to make with those leftover scraps! It is so easy to make this an any occasion card, just change up the sentiment!

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Color me Beach Happy!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new stamp set Beach Happy! The beach really is my happy place, so another beach stamp set? Yes, please! Lol Would you believe that the coloring was done totally with Brusho?? That’s right, just mix the powders until you achieve the color you want! 

The idea for this actually came to me to create a “post card” like card. Remember back in the day when friends and family would go on vacation and they would find cute and funny post cards to send? (Think of “wish you were here”) So, I thought I would give it a try and see how it turned out! 

I first started out with a piece of Thick Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 3 ¾” x 5”. The palm tree trunk is heat embossed, first stamping in VersaMark ink, then stamping in Crumb Cake ink, and Clear Embossing Powder is used. For the rest of the stamps, I heat embossed Gold Embossing Powder:

I picked up this muffin style palette a while back from one of the big box craft stores for just a couple of dollars. I like to use this when I use Brusho, whether it’s for single colors or mixing the colors. For the sand, I mixed Yellow, Gamboge, and a little bit of Brilliant Red. The chair is colored in Yellow, the bag is colored in Moss Green, and the hat and umbrella are colored in Brilliant Red, with some Yellow added to the umbrella to give kind of a “weathered” look. The sky is colored using Prussian Blue, I made sure to use it lightly by not getting too much of the ink on my Aqua Painter. To create the water, I mixed Prussian Blue and Moss Green until I achieved my desired color:

After I finished “painting” and letting the cardstock dry, I wanted to add some more depth to the card by using some Shimmery White Embossing Paste to create the “waves crashing on the shore”. The best way I have found to apply a minimal amount of embossing paste is to cut a Q-Tip in half and use the stick end. I also wanted to add some “waves” out in the water and since using the wave stamp that is in this set was not really going to work, I got out this small lined stamp from High Tide and stamped that in Whisper White Craft ink:

Once this piece is completely dried, I adhered it with a strong adhesive (the paper warps some with the heat embossing and water coloring), either Liquid Glue, Tear & Tape, or even Fast Fuse if you have some of this left, onto this design of DSP from Tranquil Textures, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. This piece is then adhered to a Tranquil Tide card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

The inside is a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, with the sentiment from the stamp set, palm tree, and bag all heat embossed:

So, are you dreaming of the beach right now? Or maybe just somewhere warmer! Lol If you’ve thought about Brusho Crystal Colour or maybe you have it and are a little intimidated about how to use it, just experiment! This was actually my second go at this card, the first one I did not like the sky at all and so I started over! Also, having something to mix the colors in helps as well and you can control the depth of the color by how much water you add, which I just squeeze water from my Aqua Painter.

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Birthday shaker card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new Amazing Life Bundle from the 2019 Occasions Catalog! What’s amazing about this bundle?? The Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies of course! lol But seriously, these dies make making a “shaker card” an absolute breeze! With the layering circle, square, and oval dies, you had to line up two of the dies (and hope and pray they don’t move) in order to complete the “frame”. Now with the rectangle dies, they do it in one easy step!

The dies feature stitching on the inside and outside of the frame, so when you are done, you have two pieces that feature the stitching! As you can see, there are 13 dies and they layer together beautifully. The possibilities with this set are enormous!

To create today’s card, start with a card base in So Saffron cardstock,
4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The base layer is Soft Sea Foam cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ½” and is embossed with the Subtle Dynamic TIEF, which I inked up first with Soft Sea Foam ink:

The next layer is this design from the Garden Impressions 6″ x 6″ DSP, cut at 4 ½” x 3″:

To create the frame for the shaker card, I cut a piece of Powder Pink cardstock, cut at 2 ¼”  x 3 5/8″, and I used the 3rd smallest rectangle die to cut out the middle:

For the rest of the card, you will need a piece of Window sheet and Whisper White cardstock (cut at 2 ¼” x 3 5/8″), the sentiment from Amazing Life stamp set stamped in Powder Pink ink, Iridescent Sequins, and 2 small and 2 large balloons cut out of Champagne Foil sheet with the Balloon Bouquet Punch, tying Whisper White Bakers Twine around the bottom of the balloon:

To create the shaker part of the card, I first glued the window sheet to the frame using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I also glued a couple of the sequins to the stamped cardstock with the Fine Tip Glue Pen and the Take Your Pick tool:

I used the Foam Adhesive Strips around the edge of the frame and then placed some of the sequins in the middle:

I removed the backing off the foam strips and placed the stamped cardstock image on top:

To assemble the front of the card, I adhered the base layer to the card base and then adhered the the DSP on top at a slight angle:

The shaker piece is then adhered on top, I recommend a strong adhesive:

I then adhered two of the balloons to the front, one to the frame and the other with a dimensional:

For the inside sentiment, use a piece of 4” x 5 ½” piece of Whisper White cardstock, the cake is stamped in Soft Sea Foam ink, the sentiment is in Powder Pink ink, and the bottom image is stamped in So Saffron ink. I adhered the two remaining balloons to the side:

Wasn’t that way easier to make than before? If you have never made a shaker card before because you found it just too difficult, give these dies a try! Just simply cut a piece of cardstock, that is going to be the frame, slightly larger so you have enough room for the foam strips. Wondering how I got the baker’s twine so curly? I simply used my bone folder, just like you would so for curling ribbon with a pair of scissors!

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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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Mmmm….cake!!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new Amazing Life stamp set from the 2019 Occasions Catalog! This stamp set is actually part of a bundle, which includes the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies!! What?? Rectangle dies?? They feature stitching on the inside and outside the frame, so you can use either size! I won’t be using these today, however, but will share with you a quick and easy card using the stamp set.

To start, use Bermuda Bay cardstock for the card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is Pool Party cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and is embossed with the Striped Scallops TIEF:

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For the card front, you will use the Balloon Bouquet Punch on a piece of Champagne Foil Sheet, use Whisper White Baker’s Twine to tie around the end, on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, you will stamp the background stamp from Artisan Textures stamp set in Pool Party ink, stamp the sentiment in Bermuda Bay ink, and the cut out using the largest scalloped square from the Layering Squares Framelits Dies:

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I first adhered the balloons directly to the card base and then adhered the sentiment with dimensionals. I felt this needed a little something else added, so I opted for the Glitter Enamel Dots in Coastal Cabana:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, stamped in Bermuda Bay ink, and I used a Blender Pen with Pool Party ink to color in the cake. The best part about this inside sentiment is that I was able to use my Stamparatus to position the stamps and stamp them all at the same time!

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Wasn’t that quick and easy?? I chose to use the scalloped square and the Striped Scallops TIEF for this card because I thought the combination of the two tied well together. I also chose Bermuda Bay and Pool Party for the color combo because I haven’t created with these colors in so long and wanted some fun colors for this card! I hope you like it!!

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Emboss resist & Brusho!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is my little experiment with emboss resist on watercolor paper and Brusho. If you don’t know what Brusho is, it is watercolor ink crystals that are highly pigmented and Stampin’ Up! offers them in 5 colors that come in small pots. These crystals are more like a fine dust, which makes it easy to get everywhere, and I recommend that you only poke one small hole in the top and keep a thumb tack in the hole until ready for use. There are different ways to create watercolor washes with Brusho, but today I am showing you how I created this watercolor wash by sprinkling the Brusho color onto Watercolor Paper and spritzing with water and I love the end result!

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To start, I use a piece of Watercolor Paper, cut at 3” x 5”, and heat emboss the flower and leaf from the Beautiful Promenade stamp set in Clear Embossing Powder:

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I gently sprinkled the Brilliant Red, Gamboge, and Yellow over the flowers and then sprinkled Yellow and Moss Green over the leaves:

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Next, I used my Stampin’ Spritzer filled with water and spritzed until I achieved the desired result. If you missed a spot or want to add more of a color, you can sprinkle more on as well:

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I used a paper towel to soak up some of the excess water and also lightly dried the embossed edges of the flowers and leaves. If you notice, there is a slight blue color, which is from the Prussian Blue pot, and I didn’t even take this pot out of the box! LOL:

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After comparing different color cardstock for the base, I decided to use Mossy Meadow, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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I really liked how the watercolor paper design looked on my bamboo cutting board (this was just a random one I had and decided to use this for any Brusho projects. This especially helps protect my work space when I’m spritzing water), so I found this design from the Wood Textures 6” x 6” DSP and trimmed it to 4” x 5 ¼”. I used this edgelit die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies along the top and bottom of the DSP:

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Adding a bit of ribbon wouldn’t be too much, so I used the Grapefruit Grove Grosgrain Ribbon. I thought this coordinated nicely with the colors:

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To assemble the card front, I tied the ribbon around the DSP and then adhered the watercolor paper to the DSP. (Note-make sure that the watercolor paper is completely dried and use a strong adhesive, like Tear & Tape, Liquid Glue, or Fast Fuse) I then used dimensionals to adhere the base layer to the card base:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Very Vanilla cardstock, the sentiment is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set in Mossy Meadow ink, and the leaves from Beautiful Promenade are stamped in Mossy Meadow. The first stamp is in full ink and then immediate stamp again, which is also referred to second generation stamping:

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Brusho is really a great medium to play with! If you want to apply the color directly to the paper, simply mix a little bit of Brusho with water (on a clear block or small container) and then use a paintbrush to apply. Try experimenting with the colors by combining them to create a totally different color! Using watercolor paper or thick cardstock works best, especially if you are spritzing water on and protect your work space by either using a cutting board or having something else underneath for excess water and any runaway color crystals!!

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Incredible Like You

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which feature’s the new Incredible Like You stamp set from the 2019 Occasions Catalog! This stamp set coordinates with the Incredible Like You Project Kit, but I thought today I would make a card with just the stamp set, which is a photopolymer 2-step set. I really didn’t know what I wanted to create at first, so I decided to start with the 2-step flower stamps and chose the Calypso Coral and Grapefruit Grove color combo. I absolutely loved how the flower turned out, so I decided to use the Calypso Coral/Grapefruit Grove/Mango Melody color combo to complete this card. Let’s get started on this great, all occasion card!

The card base is Calypso Coral, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. Using the hinge-step technique with my Stamparatus, I inked up the striped stamp first in Calypso Coral ink for the top and bottom, Grapefruit Grove ink for the next step to Calypso Coral, and then Mango Melody for the middle:

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For the front of the card, you will need enough Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon to tie around the base layer into a bow, this design from the 6” x 6” Wood Textures DSP that measures 2 ½” x 2 ½”, and a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measures 2” x 2”. For the flower, I stamped the outline in Calypso Coral, the full flower stamp in Grapefruit Grove, the stem and leaves in Pear Pizzazz, and the dot stamp in Mango Melody. It really doesn’t show up very well, but I used my Wink of Stella pen along the Calypso Coral outline of the flower:

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To assemble the card front, tie the tulle ribbon around the base layer into a bow, adhere the squares together, use dimensionals to adhere the layered squares over the ribbon, and then adhere the base layer to the card base:

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For the inside, the sentiment from this set is stamped in Grapefruit Grove and the leaves from the set are stamped along the sides in Pear Pizzazz ink:

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I absolutely love card kits and the project kit that coordinates with this set makes 16 cards, but who doesn’t love seeing alternative ideas? It’s kind of like Paper Pumpkin, you want to see what others can create to inspire us!

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