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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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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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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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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Fun with Florentine Filigree

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new Florentine Filigree Bundle from the 2019 Occasions Catalog! I first saw this bundle when I was in Orlando in November for OnStage and just loved the Florentine Thinlits Die. This is such a beautiful and versatile die, which would create a great background for any card, but what about the coordinating stamp set? The Stamparatus is a must because you can stamp the coordinating stamps perfectly with the die cut cardstock layered on top! So today I thought I would show you how to create a beautiful card with this bundle, step by step. I will also include a link to Stampin’ Up! YouTube video for this bundle at the end of this blog.

I started with Blueberry Bushel cardstock for my card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The top layer of cardstock that will be cut out with the Florentine Thinlits Die, so I cut out another piece of Blueberry Bushel cardstock cut at 4 ¼” x 5 ½”:

The Whisper White cardstock that will be stamped on for underneath, is cut slightly smaller at 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”:

To ensure that the die would not move while cutting in the Big Shot, I just used a piece of washi tape across. Once cut, you will have several pieces cut out, which you can save for another card or discard, I put mine in a little bag. Once completed, this is your template:

Using my Stamparatus, I placed the piece of Whisper White cardstock down with one magnet on top, lined up the Blueberry Bushel cardstock, and then secured that piece with one magnet. I then positioned the stamp along the bottom, picked up the stamp with the plate, removed the Blueberry Bushel cardstock, then inked the stamp in Balmy Blue ink, and completed the “hinge-step technique” up the cardstock:

After completing, I lined the Blueberry Bushel cardstock up with the stamped image and then lined up the smaller coordinating stamp, removed the cardstock, inked up the stamp with Crumb Cake ink, and completed the “hinge-step technique” up the cardstock. NOTE: You can start at the top or the bottom when stamping, I just chose to start at the bottom:

When complete, place the Blueberry Bushel die cut cardstock on top, I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere to the Whisper White cardstock:

On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamp the circle design stamp once in Crumb Cake ink and once in Balmy Blue ink. Since this stamp coordinates with the Layering Circle Framelits, I used the 4thlargest circle to cut out the middle and then the 2ndlargest scalloped circle to cut out the stamped image for layering:

For the front of this card, I used the outside layer in Crumb Cake ink, the inside layer in Balmy Blue ink, enough Classic Weave Ribbon in Crumb Cake to tie around into a bow, and the sentiment from the set is stamped in Blueberry Bushel ink:

The ribbon is tied into a bow around the front, the scalloped circle layer is adhered on top, and the inner circle is adhered with dimensionals to pop it up. This completed piece is then adhered to the card base:

The inside sentiment is stamped on a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock in Blueberry Bushel ink. I stamped the front image stamp along the bottom in Balmy Blue ink to tie into the front of the card design:

Pretty awesome! This was a pretty easy card to make and you can create a card from this set in any color combo! Which is great because I know making masculine cards can be a struggle! You can watch the YouTube video from Stampin’ Up! here.

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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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