New products from the Mini Catalog!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which I’m taking a short pause from Christmas crafting to share with you some NEW products from the upcoming 2020 Mini Catalog! Stampin’ Up! may have changed the name of the Occasions Catalog to the Mini Catalog, changed the layout of the Mini Catalog, but they have not changed the AMAZING products you will find! I was one of the few lucky people that were chosen to be given this beautiful new background stamp set, Breathtaking Bouquet. This was actually an “extra stamp set” that was part of a Prize Patrol from OnStage, and the Prize Patrol winner was to give this stamp set to a complete stranger. I thought what better way to honor this random act of kindness, than to create a beautiful card to share with you and to try out the “whitewash technique”!

The base layer is Sahara Sand cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the background stamp in Versamark ink, and heat emboss with White Embossing Powder:

Since there is a lot of detail with this stamp, I first used my Aqua Painter with Whisper White Craft Ink on the flowers and then used my Aqua Painter with Petal Pink and Lovely Lipstick inks. Tip-you can clean the craft ink off the aqua painter by squeezing the water out of the brush onto a paper towel. You can also “lift” the ink directly from the ink pad to color the flowers. I repeated the process with the leaves and colored them with Granny Apple Green ink:

For the rest of the card front you will need:

1. Enough Petal Pink Metallic-Edge Ribbon to tie into a bow around the base layer.

2. Stamp the sentiment from Peaceful Moments in Lovely Lipstick ink on Whisper White cardstock, punch out with the Tailored Tag Punch.

3. Punch another Tailored Tag piece from Crumb Cake cardstock to layer under the sentiment.

To assemble the card:

1. Tie the ribbon into a bow around the lower portion of the base layer.

2. Adhere the base layer to a Crumb Cake cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”, with dimensionals.

3. Trim the sentiment piece down slightly with paper snips, adhere to the Crumb Cake cardstock layering piece, and then adhere over the ribbon with dimensionals.

4. I added a Rhinestone Basic Jewel to the center of three flowers.

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” and stamp the sentiment in Lovely Lipstick ink:

Isn’t this a beautiful background stamp? Whether you want to color this in or not, this is a beautiful stamp to make as your feature on a card, just a sentiment! How about that ribbon?? It is actually a champagne metallic edge and there are also Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels to coordinate! This is part of the Parian Blossoms Suite from the Mini Catalog!!

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Not your typical fall card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a beautiful fall themed card, but not your usual fall themed colors! As I am wrapping up my Thanksgiving cards, I wanted to use one last design from the Come to Gather DSP and keep up with the color combo of Mint Macaron and Pretty Peacock (which I love). I also wanted to incorporate the Silvery Shimmer Metallic Ink into the card, since I’ve used the gold and copper inks in previous cards, and this worked perfectly to give the embossed cardstock a “distressed” look!

The base layer is this design from the Come to Gather DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” (vertical cut):

For the card front you will need:

1. Cut a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock at 3” x 4 ¼”, emboss with the Tin Tile 3D Embossing Folder, use the Silvery Shimmer Metallic Ink pad and “drag” it across the embossed cardstock, speed up the drying with your heat tool, and then use the Jet Black Stazon pad to “drag” the pad across the embossed cardstock.

2. Cut a piece of the Mint Macaron Textile Ribbon to tie into a double knot, trimming off any excess.

3. Use the third smallest layering Rectangle Stitched Framelits to cut out from Whisper White cardstock. I used my Stamparatus to stamp the jug in Pretty Peacock ink, coloring in with Light and Dark Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blends, and used the Color Lifter just in the middle of the jug to make it lighter. I used a post it note to cover the jug before stamping the wheat stamp in Pretty Peacock in the middle and then in Mint Macaron on the sides, first and second generation stamping on each side:

The stamped and colored cardstock is adhered on top of the embossed cardstock and use a glue dot to adhere the knotted ribbon:

The base layer DSP is adhered to a Mint Macaron cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”. The embossed cardstock piece is adhered on top with dimensionals:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Pretty Peacock ink, and adhere a coordinating piece of ¾” x 4” DSP at the bottom:

What I love about this card is the colors, but, you can make this card for any occasion by using a different sentiment on the inside! So, even if this design from the Come to Gather DSP is not your favorite or used for your fall and Thanksgiving cards, you can easily use this design for any other occasion!

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Wishing you well

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a quick and easy card made from the Come to Gather Suite! I can honestly say that Stampin’ Up! hit it out of the park with the Come to Gather Suite for your fall themed cards and projects! I just love the rich jeweled toned colors used for the Designer Series Paper! Since this DSP is 12” x 12” and has 12 sheets (2 each of 6 double sided designs), you can use this one design of DSP to create 6 quick and easy cards!

The base layer is this design, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

For the card front you will need:

1. 2 pieces of Gold Shimmer Ribbon, each piece long enough to go across the DSP, horizontal and vertical.

2. Stamp the sentiment in Merry Merlot ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, use the second smallest rectangle die from the Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut out, and then use the background stamp in Sahara Sand ink to fill in.

3. Use the smallest leaf die to cut out of Gold Foil, Cajun Craze, and Merry Merlot cardstock. Before cutting, spritz the Cajun Craze and Merry Merlot cardstock with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (a spritzer filled with Rubbing Alcohol and a few drops of paint).

First start assembling the card front with the ribbon, use your grid paper to help keep the lines straight, use a small bit of snail on the back of the ribbon to adhere to the DSP, and then on the back of the DSP to adhere the ends of the ribbon:

The sentiment is adhered on top of the ribbon and then the leaves are adhered to the corner of the sentiment, fanning them out, but keeping the “stems” lined up:

This piece is then adhered to a Sahara Sand cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”. I added a large Gold Glitter Enamel Dot to the middle of where the stems meet:

For the inside sentiment, cut at piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, use the leaf stamp in Sahara Sand ink, stamp the sentiment in Merry Merlot ink, and then adhere a coordinating strip of DSP along the bottom, ¾” x 4”:

Isn’t this a great fall themed card?? I chose these sentiments because you can send a card to let the recipient know that you are thinking of them, for a variety of reasons, birthday, Thanksgiving, etc. With this simple layout, you can make 6 of these cards by cutting your 12” x 12” DSP like this:

1. Figure out the direction (if it matters) you want your DSP-horizontal or vertical, then cut 1 ½” off the bottom. Measurement: 1 ½” x 12” and 10 ½” x 12”.

2.  Take the 10 ½” x 12” piece of DSP and cut at 4” along the 12” side of the DSP. Measurement: 4” x 10 ½” and 8” x 10 ½”.

3. Take that 4” x 10 ½” and cut it in half along the 10 ½” side. This will give you two pieces measuring 4” x 5 ¼”. 

4. Repeat on the 8” x 10 ½” piece of DSP, cutting at 4”, and then at 5 ¼”. You will have six pieces of DSP measuring 4” x 5 ¼”.

5. Cut at 1 ½” x 12” strip of DSP at 4”, giving your three pieces measuring 1 ½” x 4”.

5. Cut the 1 ½” x 4” piece in half along the 1 ½” side, this will give you two pieces measuring ¾” x 4”. Repeat this step on the rest of the strips and you will have six pieces measuring ¾” x 4”.

This basic cut is a great way to use up that DSP (no more hoarding!) and you can dress the card front up or down with other products (punches, dies, ribbon, embellishments) without trying to figure out how to use up a whole bunch of little pieces! You can even take two of the base layers, cut them each diagonally, and use each side of the DSP design! Even easier is to use one piece and measure a cut across and flip one side over! So many easy possibilities!!

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Color Royal Peacock your way!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is pretty and easy to create featuring the Royal Peacock Bundle! I will admit that every time I sit at my desk with this stamp set I will get on Google to find pictures and inspiration of real peacocks. You will find several color inspirations, which the first one I started out with used Lovely Lipstick, Highland Heather, and Old Olive, but I just wasn’t happy with the end result. So, I put my computer away, set the colorful peacock aside, and started over with a blank piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. 

Since the male is the colorful one, I decided to make a “female version” using Gray Granite as the base color, heat embossed the accent stamp with Silver Emboss Powder, and used Light Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends just to give her a bit of color. For these two stamps, I highly recommend using your Stamparatus to get a good alignment with the accent stamp:

The base layer is a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Pretty Peacock Foil Sheet and is embossed with the Beads & Baubles Embossing Folder:

For the rest of the card front your will need:

1. The stamped peacock cut out with the coordinating die and I added a small Pretty Peacock rhinestone from the Noble Peacock Rhinestones for the eye.

2. Two strips of the Scalloped Laced Trim and Braided Linen Trim, cut at different lengths.

3. A piece of Gray Granite cardstock cut out with the third largest Layering Ovals Dies and embossed with the Beads & Baubles EF. Tip-Before embossing, I placed the EF on top of the embossed foil sheet, lined up the cardstock to where I was going to place it, and then embossed. This gives the cardstock and the foil sheet a fluid look when layered.

I used some snail on the back of the embossed oval cardstock to adhere the trim pieces and then placed dimensionals on top. This is then adhered to the base layer:

Adhere the peacock on top of the embossed oval cardstock and then adhere this complete piece to a Gray Granite cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

The inside sentiment is on a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, stamped in Pretty Peacock ink, and the flowers are stamped in Gray Granite ink:

So, what do you think of this “alternative coloring” for this peacock? I am much happier with this version and feel that the peacock still stands out against the foil sheet. I know that peacock’s have very distinct colors, so I may try something a little outside of the that color box on a future project.

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Create your own watercolor background!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper! You may have noticed that among some of the product changes in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, there is new watercolor paper. While I do still have some of the previous watercolor paper, I purchased a pack of the new paper so I can see for myself and share it with you. For starters, the new paper is 5” x 7” and comes with 10 sheets and the old paper is 6” x 9” and comes with 5 sheets, so slightly smaller, but more paper. Texture and color-the old paper has a distinct texture, whereas the new is very subtle and a bit smoother, but the color is pretty much the same. The new paper doesn’t feel as “stiff” as the old paper, but definitely is easy to color with using an Aqua Painter and Stampin’ Blends, which I used for today’s card. 

The one difference with the new paper, is that in order to get a “crisp and clean” stamped image, I had to use my Stampin’ Pierce Mat under the paper. I do have a large mat under my grid paper when I stamp so I don’t always have to use my pierce mat for photopolymer stamps, but using the pierce mat definitely made a difference! 

The bottom two flowers are stamped with the Stampin’ Pierce Mat behind the watercolor paper, the top three are stamped with the craft mat that I have on my desk.

The base layer is the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I used the large flower from Floral Essence in Smoky Slate and cut two additional images to create a mask so that the stamped flowers did not overlap onto each other:

I then used the small leaf stamp to fill in some of the space around the flowers:

I found it easiest to use a drop of refill ink for coloring, you can either use a clear block or place a drop of ink in the lid of the stamp pad (of the same color of course!)

1. Use the medium tip brush to color in the lines of the petals with Flirty Flamingo and Blackberry Bliss inks and to color in the centers with Daffodil Delight ink,

2. Use the large tip brush to fill in the flowers with Flirty Flamingo lines with Petal Pink ink and fill in the flowers with Blackberry Bliss lines with Highland Heather ink.

3. Use the medium tip brush to color in the leaves with Granny Apple Green ink.

4. Color the background around the flowers and leaves in with Light Soft Sea Foam ink.

5. Use a Blender Pen with Craft White ink around the outline of the flowers. Tip-I have a pen that one side is designated just for craft ink.

I wanted to see if I could give the paper a little more texture, so I embossed it with the Subtle EF, but after the ink completely dried:

For the rest of the card front you will need:

1. Enough Silver Metal Thread to wrap around your hand five times, this will go behind the sentiment.

2. Stamp the sentiment in Smoky Slate ink on Whisper White cardstock, cut out with the Story Label Punch, and then punch out another piece in Silver Foil, cut in half, to layer behind the sentiment.

Adhere the Silver Foil layer behind the sentiment, place some additional adhesive on the back, and then wrap and twist the thread behind the sentiment:

The sentiment piece is adhered to the base layer with dimensionals and then this completed piece is adhered to a Smoky Slate cardstock card base cut at 4 ¼”x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The inside sentiment is stamped on Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, in Smoky Slate ink. The flowers are stamped in the corner with Smoky Slate ink and I used one of the masks to layer the flowers. I colored these in with Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Petal Pink, Dark Flirty Flamingo, Dark Blackberry Bliss, and Light Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends, to tie into the colors on the card front:

Isn’t this a fun way to create your own background?? I really enjoyed my first time using the new Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper and will definitely try another project using Watercolor Pencils to share with you all!

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It’s your day with Daisy Lane!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, that is a fun birthday card made with the Daisy Lane and Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set! When I set out to create this card, I already had an idea about what I wanted to do with the daisy and leaves, then thought combining the All Wired Up background stamp and the Corrugated Embossing Folder would be perfect! I also decided to go with more fall-like colors since Fall is right around the corner!

The base layer is Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamped with All Wired Up in Early Espresso ink, and I used my Stamparatus to help getting that completed look as in the past I’ve missed a spot or two. The next layer is Calypso Coral cardstock, cut at 3” x 4”, and embossed with the Corrugated Embossing Folder:

Additionally, you will need Very Vanilla cardstock to stamp the large daisy in Calypso Coral ink two times, punch those out and two more that are blank, stamp the leaves four times in Old Olive ink and fussy cut out, stamp the sentiment in Calypso Coral ink and punch out with the 1 1/8” Scallop Punch, layer Gold Foil under the sentiment with the 1 3/8” Scallop Punch, and then one of the Perennial Essence Centers for the daisy:

To assemble:

1. Adhere two of the leaves together at the top and two at the bottom to create the base for the daisy.

2. Adhere all four daisy pieces together with liquid glue, the two stamped daisies on top and the two blank pieces on the bottom, and then the floral center. Adhere the daisy on top of the leaves.

3. Adhere the corrugated cardstock to the base layer.

4. Adhere the daisy piece with liquid glue to the corrugated cardstock and then adhere the sentiment with a dimensional.

This completed piece is adhere to an Early Espresso cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

The inside is Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, the sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso ink, the stem is stamped in Old Olive ink, and the daisy is stamped in Daffodil Delight ink with Calypso Coral sponged on around the edges with Calypso Coral ink:

Don’t you just love the All Wired Up background stamp?? This can give your card a totally different look! I really like how the strip of corrugated cardstock accents this card so nicely!

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Wishing you a Delightful Birthday!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and sweet birthday card using three different stamp sets! Sometimes card and craft making can be a little like baking, you add a little bit of this stamp set, a little bit of that stamp set, and then top if off with a fun stamp set! Now you have your own recipe for a super cute card! Lol I will also show you a little trick to create a custom size label with the Stitched Nested Labels!

Your base layer for this card is this design from the Mosaic Mood DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

For the card front you will need:

1. Enough Mint Macaron Textile Ribbon to tie into a bow around the base layer DSP.

2. Three of the small butterflies from Butterfly Gala, stamp the solid background butterfly in Blushing Bride ink on Whisper White cardstock, stamp the outline and body in Terracotta ink, and then punch out with the Butterfly Duet Punch.

3. Stamp the sentiment in Terracotta Tile ink on Whisper White cardstock, cut out with the third largest Stitched Nested Label (see below for tip on custom cut down) and then cut out a layering piece in Blushing Bride cardstock with the second largest Stitched Nested Label.

4. To create a “custom” label, simply adjust the size by lining up the holes on the side, they align easily, and then use a piece of tape or sticky note to keep it in place. I cut out the Blushing Bride layer and then used the sentiment as a guide as to where is should be cut down to:

To assemble the card front, tie the ribbon into a bow, adhere the layered sentiment with dimensionals, adhere one of the butterflies to the sentiment and the other two with mini dimensionals to the DSP:

This completed piece is adhered to a Garden Green cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”. I decided to use three of the small Terracotta Tile Faceted Dots on the layered sentiment piece:

The inside sentiment is on Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamped in Garden Green ink, and adhere a ¾” x 4” piece of cardstock along the bottom, the same that you used on the front:

So, what do you think about my “recipe” to make this card?? While having a stamp set with coordinating DSP is fun and easy, change things up by using different stamp sets with the DSP!! 

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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Snail Adhesive

 

 

Paper Snips