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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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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Sweet Little Ladybug Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun birthday card featuring the Little Ladybug stamp set and the coordinating Ladybug Dies! This adorable stamp set is a hostess stamp set from the 2020 Sale-A-Bration Catalog that you can earn with a qualifying order or as the hostess of a qualifying party and you can purchase these coordinating dies to go with the stamp set! One of the fun things to do with this stamp set is to color in the ladybugs and I thought this would be fun to do with the Stampin’ Write Markers as my “go to” for coloring is the Stampin’ Blends.

The base layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and stamped with the Birch background stamp in Sahara Sand ink:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Stamp the large flower stamp on Whisper White cardstock in Memento ink, color the flower center with Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker, color the stem and leaves with Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker, and color the line in the petals with Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Marker. This is cut out with the coordinating die.

2. Use the two grass emboss and cut dies to cut out of Pear Pizzazz cardstock.

3. Stamp three of the ladybugs in Memento ink on Whisper White cardstock, color the wings with Poppy Parade Stampin’ Write Marker, their face, hands, feet, and part of the body with Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Marker, and the other lines of their bodies with Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker. These are cut out with the coordinating dies.

4. Stamp the sentiment in Memento ink on Whisper White cardstock, cut out with the smallest Layering Circles Dies, and then use the 1 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch on Poppy Parade cardstock to layer under the sentiment.

The flower and two of the ladybugs are adhered to the base layer with Snail and the grass, one ladybug on the grass, and the sentiment are adhered with dimensionals:

This completed piece is then adhered to a Sahara Sand 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”. The sentiment and ladybugs across the bottom are stamped in Memento ink and the ladybugs are colored in with Poppy Parade Stampin’ Write Marker:

This is a super cut birthday card that is quick to make! If you don’t have Stampin’ Write Markers, you can still use all the same colors with the Stampin’ Blends, and if all else, you can use a Blender Pen with your ink pads. In the list of supplies for this project, I also included the retired 1 ¼” Circle Punch as this would layer perfectly with the scallop punch if you still have this or just use the smallest layering circle die.

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All Occasion Lovely Lily Pad Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a beautiful “all occasions” card featuring the Lovely Lily Pad stamp set, dies, and coordinating Designer Series Paper! These items are found in the 2020 Sale-A-Bration Catalog that you can earn for free!! These products are my personal favorites, aside from the Little Ladybug stamp set, because not only can you make a beautiful card with ease, but it can be for any occasion! This card design is almost a “one sheet wonder”, as it makes four cards and just a few pieces left that you could really make another card with!

The base is this design from the Lily Impressions DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I cut this 12” x 12” DSP down to six pieces at 4” x 5 ¼” and three pieces at 1 ½” x 4”:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Take one of the 4” x 5 ¼” pieces and trim it down to 1 ¾” (along the 5 ¼” side, which will give you three equal pieces) and use the back side of the design.

2. Cut a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock at 2” x 4 ¼”, this will be layered under the strip of DSP.

3. Use the detailed die to cut out of Garden Green cardstock.

4. Stamp the large lily in Lovely Lipstick ink on a piece of So Saffron cardstock and a piece of Petal Pink Vellum cardstock (the smooth side), cutting out with the coordinating die. These pieces will be layered on top of each other.

5. Stamp the small leaf stamp in Garden Green ink on Old Olive Vellum cardstock (the smooth side) and cut out with the coordinating die.

You will adhere the DSP and cardstock layered together and then use a small amount of liquid glue on the back of the Blackberry Bliss cardstock to adhere the detailed die cut piece of Garden Green cardstock. Adhere the two lily pieces together and then adhere the vellum leaves to the backside:

The card base is Lovely Lipstick cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”. Adhere the base layer on top of the card base and then use dimensionals to adhere the layered and die cut piece:

The lily is adhered to this piece and then I added three of the large Frosted Epoxy Droplets:

Since this card is for any occasion, I kept the inside very simple by cutting a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamping the solid side of the small lily in So Saffron ink and the detailed side in Lovely Lipstick ink:

Isn’t this a beautiful card?? When I was designing this card, I tried different variations with the large lily stamp as I was trying to “pull” the light color out of the DSP. To make a long story short, I layered the Petal Pink Vellum cardstock on top of the So Saffron cardstock to see how that looked, then decided to stamp the lily in Lovely Lipstick ink on both and really liked how that turned out! Not only is it a soft and light color, but it adds just an extra bit of texture with the vellum cardstock. 

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The Gang's All Meer Birthday Card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and easy masculine themed birthday card featuring The Gang’s All Meer stamp set! This stamp set is from the 2020 Sale-A-Bration catalog that you can earn for free with a qualifying product purchase of $50 (USD) now thru March 31st! This is such a cute stamp set and I thought I would show you how to create a more “masculine themed” card when combined with the Country Club DSP from the 2020 Mini Catalog! This is also a great opportunity to use those Stampin’ Blends to tie into the DSP!

The base layer is this design from the Country Club DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

For the card front, you will need:

1. 5 ¼” strip of the Burlap Ribbon.

2. Use the third largest Stitched Rectangle Die to cut out a piece of Night of Navy cardstock for layering.

3. Use the fourth largest Stitched Rectangle Die to cut out a piece of Whisper White cardstock to stamp the scenery.

4. After stamping the scene in Memento ink, color in the cacti with Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends, the flower on top with Light Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blends, and color the lizard’s spots with Light Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends, the body with Light Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends, and the eyes with Light Pineapple Punch.

5. Color the Meer cat with Ivory and Bronze Stampin’ Blends and create a shadow under the cacti, Meer cat, and lizard with a Dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends.

6. Color the ground with Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends and the sky with Light Seaside Spray Stampin’ Blends.

Adhere the base layer DSP to a Crumb Cake cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼”, and adhere the burlap ribbon with Tear & Tape:

Adhere the rectangle layers together and then adhere on top of the DSP with dimensionals, I placed one in each corner since the ribbon will be underneath:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Garden Green ink, stamp the Meer cat and lizard in Memento ink, and color the same as the front of the card:

Isn’t this a fun card?? While it may seem like I used a lot of Stampin’ Blends, it was really quick and easy to color everything in. This stamp set is a great way for you to experiment and become familiar with Stampin’ Blends, choosing just a few key colors. If you do not have Stampin’ Blends, you can also use Stampin’ Write Markers or even your Blender Pen with ink from your ink pad!

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A sweet little Honey Bee Valentine card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a cute and fun Valentine’s Day card made with the Honey Bee Bundle and coordinating Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper! If you are like me, I send cards to friends and family for Valentine’s Day, because why not?? Lol What inspired me to use this bundle and coordinating DSP into a Valentine card, is the little double heart die in the Detailed Bee Dies. I recently shared my mini card and treat holder combo in the Team Stamp It Blog Hop which combined this bundle, DSP, and the Heartfelt Bundle, but I thought about how about just making a card with the Honey Bee Bundle and DSP? Which shows you another great way to create with these products!

The base layer is this design from the Golden Honey Specialty DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

For the card front you will need:

1. Use the fourth largest layering Rectangle Stitched Die to cut out of Whisper White cardstock.

2. Stamp the hive stamp in So Saffron ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the coordinating die.

3. Stamp the small bee stamp twice in Memento Ink on Whisper White cardstock, color in the back lines with a Blender Pen and So Saffron ink, and cut out with the coordinating die.

4. Stamp the sentiment on Whisper White cardstock in Real Red ink and punch out with the 1” Circle Punch. Use the 1 1/8” Scallop Punch to punch out of Real Red cardstock, this will be layered under the sentiment.

5. Use the double heart die to cut out of Real Red cardstock two times.

To assemble the card front, first adhere the rectangle stitched Whisper White cardstock to the DSP base layer and then adhere the bee hive on top. The bees and sentiment are both adhered with dimensionals and the hearts are adhered with mini glue dots. Tip-since the small hearts are too small for the glue dots, I used the paper piercing end of my Take Your Pick tool and “rolled” the glue dot around the tip and applied to the small heart:

This completed piece is adhered to a Real Red 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 Real Red ink, and adhere a ¾” x 4” piece of DSP along the bottom:

This is such a super cute card to give out for Valentine’s Day! Using Real Red cardstock is what I feel really turned this bundle into a Valentine card. Another tip that we sometimes forget about, is that if you do not have Stampin’ Write Markers, you can use a blender pen to pick up ink from the lid (or you can use a clear block to “stamp” the ink pad) when you squeeze the lid. You can also color the bees and/or the flowers on the DSP if you want to add just a little pop of color!

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All Occasion Peaceful Moments Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a beautiful all occasions card from the Peaceful Poppies Suite in the 2020 Mini Catalog! I absolutely love this suite, which includes two stamp sets with coordinating dies! I almost feel like it’s a “mega bundle” with all the sentiments, flower and background stamps, and dies. For my first card with this suite, I really wanted to make a beautiful all occasion card that you can simply add the appropriate sentiment when needed. When I first started designing this card, I ended up making six of the same cards from one sheet design of DSP because I loved it so much!

The base layer is this design from the Peaceful Poppies DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. Since this is a 12” x 12” sheet of DSP, I first cut 1 ½” from the bottom of the DSP, turned it 90 degrees, cut at 4” three times, and cut each of those at 5 ¼”, which will give you six pieces of DSP at 4” x 5 ¼”. I then cut the 1 ½” x 12” in half at ¾”, and cut each 12” strip at 4”, which will give you six strips of DSP at ¾” x 4”:

For the front of the card you will need:

1. A 3” x 4 ¼” piece of Vellum cardstock and use the ½” Circle Punch to notch each corner.

2. Enough of the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon to tie into a bow around the DSP base layer.

3. Peaceful Poppies Sequins.

4. Use Mossy Meadow cardstock to cut two of the large and one of the small leaves and Old Olive cardstock to cut out two of the large and one of the small detailed leaves.

5. Use Poppy Parade cardstock to cut out one large and one small background poppy and Calypso Coral cardstock to cut out the detailed piece of the poppies.

6. Use Basic Black cardstock to cut out one each of the stamen for the poppies.

I used my Fine Tip Glue pen to adhere the leaf layers and poppy flower layers together. I adhered the small stamen to the small poppy flower and the other two stamen together, then adhered to the big poppy flower:

Adhere the Vellum to the DSP base layer with Snail placed in the middle, the flowers with hide this. The ribbon is tied into a bow around these two layers and then the two big leaves are adhered to the middle of the Vellum cardstock. I used two dimensionals on the left side of the large poppy flower and one dimensional to the right side of the poppy flower (the edge overlapping the large poppy) to adhere to the Vellum cardstock. I used some Snail on the small leaf to stick in under the two flowers on the Vellum cardstock:

Now for the sequins, there is no rhyme or reason to which ones I used or how many, just my discretion. However, I wanted to show you that I poured some into the lid, used the putting end of the Take Your Pick Tool to pick up a sequin, placed the sequin on a glue dot, then used the pierce end to pick it up and place on the card front. For the most part, the sequins hide the glue dot underneath, I find it much easier than trying to use glue and waiting for the glue to dry, and glue dots secure the sequins to the card better:

This completed piece is then adhered to an Old Olive 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” and adhere the ¾” strip of DSP along the bottom, trimming off the excess:

Don’t you just love this suite?? Like I said before, I did make six of these cards and yes, the die cutting can be a little time consuming. The easiest way to do make this card, is the “assembly line” method. Do all the cutting/die cutting at one time, adhered all the flower and leaf layers together, and then go on to assemble the cards. I know that sometimes when we stamp our sentiments, they don’t quite look right, so, instead of adhering the strip of DSP along the bottom, you can stick that in the middle of the card with the WW cardstock and adhere it after you stamp the sentiment.

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