Sweet Butterfly Wishes

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun birthday card featuring the Butterfly Wishes stamp set! With all of the excitement of new products from the release of the 2020 Mini and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs, let’s not forget about the Annual Catalog! First thing most of us do when we start creating a card, is that we have a theme or a stamp set in mind to use, but what if you are just creating cards to have a little fun? That’s what this card is for me as I didn’t have any particular theme or stamp set in mind, which made creating this card pretty easy! I just looked at my stamp sets from the annual catalog and decided that I would use Butterfly Wishes, why not? Then it was just a matter of choosing colors for the card, paper, and embellishments!

The base layer for this card is this design from the 2019-2021 In Color 6” x 6” DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

For the card front, you will need:

1. A 4 ¼” piece of the Purple Posy Scalloped Linen Ribbon.

2. Stamp the large butterfly from the stamp set on Whisper White cardstock in Blackberry Bliss ink, punch out with the Butterfly Duet Punch, use your paper snips to trim the cardstock down even more to the stamped image edge, and use the Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write Marker along the outside edge of the cardstock, this will help “hide” any little bits of white along the edge. Use the Butterfly Duet Punch to punch out the large butterfly in Blackberry Bliss cardstock, this will be layered under the other butterfly image that you fussy cut down.

3. Stamp the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss ink on Whisper White cardstock and use the smallest rectangle die from the Stitched Rectangle Dies. Since the sentiment is longer than the die, you will use the die to cut part of the sentiment and then line the die back up with the cut pattern to continue cutting the sentiment out. You are basically using the die to “customize” die cutting the sentiment.

4. Use the second largest rectangle Stitched Rectangle Die to cut out of Whisper White cardstock and I used my Stamparatus to stamp the small butterfly in Blackberry Bliss ink at the top and the bottom. Use the largest rectangle Stitched Rectangle die to cut out a piece of Basic Gray cardstock, this will be layered under the Whisper White cardstock stamped piece.

5. You will also need three of the largest clear epoxy droplets from the Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets (not pictured).

The card base for this card is Basic Gray cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”. I first adhered the DSP base layer to the card base and then used Tear & Tape to adhere the scalloped ribbon across the middle:

The stitched rectangle layers are adhered with dimensionals to the DSP base layer over the ribbon, use mini dimensionals to adhere the large butterfly and sentiment, and then apply the three large clear epoxy droplets to the scalloped ribbon:

For the inside of the card, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, adhere the ¾” x 4” strip of DSP along the bottom and stamp the sentiment and butterfly in Blackberry Bliss ink. If you want the butterfly to by lighter, stamp off once first before stamping on the cardstock:

I just love how this card turned out! I know sometimes it’s easy to overlook Purple Posy if you do not have the ink pad, but it is also easy to use in your color combo, like I did with the DSP and scalloped ribbon! 

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One last Sale-A-Bration card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is one last card from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog! I can’t believe that the catalog ends tomorrow! So, that means you have the rest of the day today and tomorrow to place a qualifying order for those SAB products that are still available! I thought I would do one last card featuring products from the SAB catalog and the Little Ladybug stamp set would be perfect!! This is a very simple and fun card made with a whole lot of heat embossing! I say simple for you, but I actually played around with some ideas for this card, so, not so simple for me! Lol I really wanted to do something in black and white, kind of like a “chalk board” card, so it did require some “experimenting” before I found the version that I liked (I’ll share a couple of those at the end of the post).

I first made the base layer by using the largest layering Stitched Rectangle Die on a piece of Basic Black cardstock. I used the cloud stamp from This Little Piggy in Whisper White Craft Ink and heat embossed with Shimmer White Emboss Powder:

For the rest of the card front, you will need:

1. On Basic Black cardstock, stamp the large flower in Whisper White Craft ink, heat emboss with Shimmer White Emboss Powder, and cut out with the coordinating die.

2. On Basic Black cardstock, stamp the flying ladybug in Whisper White Craft ink, heat emboss with Shimmer White Emboss Powder, and cut out with the coordinating die.

3. On Basic Black cardstock, stamp the sentiment in Whisper White Craft ink, heat emboss with Shimmer White Emboss Powder, and cut out with the one non-layering Stitched Rectangle Die.

4. Use the second smallest layering Stitched Rectangle Die to cut a piece of Real Red cardstock. Use the sentiment piece to guide you to reposition the die so it will cut a layering piece under the sentiment. 

To assemble the base layer, use Black Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the flower, ladybug, and layered sentiment piece:

For the card base, cut a piece of Real Red cardstock at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and score at 4 ¼”. Go ahead and fold/burnish your card base, ink the All Wired Up stamp completely with Memento ink, and lay the side that will be your card front on top and rub the backside so the inked image will transfer to the cardstock. I use a scrap piece of paper over the top of the cardstock and then rub, this will keep my fingers and hands getting ink on them. The base layer is adhered on top:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”. I used my Stamparatus to line up and stamp the stamps. I first positioned the stamps to see if there was enough room on each side of the sentiment for the ladybugs and since there is, I lined the ladybugs up on the left side and then the sentiment next to it, stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Shimmer Black Emboss Powder. I cleaned the ladybug stamp, lined it up to the right of the sentiment stamp, removed the sentiment stamp from the plate, and then stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed in Shimmer Black Emboss Powder:

Here are my first two versions, one is simply stamped in Whisper White Craft Ink and the other is stamped in the ink as well, but then heat embossed with Shimmer White Emboss Powder:

Which version do you like?? Each version is taking it a “step up”, I definitely like the heat embossed versions, but since I felt it was a little “flat”, that’s what made me to decide to try it with die cutting images. I honestly like the third version with the popped up die cut images best!

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Fun birthday card in a snap!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a quick and easy birthday card featuring the Pleased as Punch Designer Series Paper! This DSP coordinates with four punches from the 2020 Mini and Sale-A-Bration catalogs! While this DSP is fun to use your punches on, I thought I would show you a quick and easy card to make using one of the designs from the DSP and you can make multiples from one sheet, which is another great way to use up your products and stock up on cards to send!

The base layer is this design from the Pleased as Punch DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Glitter Enamel Dots, two in Gorgeous Grape and one in Coastal Cabana.

2. On Whisper White cardstock, stamp the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink and punch out with the Pretty Label Punch. I then used the star/heart/flower background stamp from Birthday Backgrounds in Blushing Bride ink to stamp over the sentiment. I also used the Pretty Label Punch to punch out a piece in Gorgeous Grape cardstock and cut in half, this will be layered under the sentiment.

3. Use enough Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon to tie around the base layer into a bow and color with the Dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends. 

To assemble to card front, tie the ribbon around the DSP base layer into a bow, use liquid glue to adhere the punched layers together, with the Gorgeous Grape cardstock just peeking out from behind, use dimensionals to adhere the sentiment over the ribbon to the DSP base layer, and use your Take Your Pick tool to adhere the Glitter Enamel Dots to the middle of three flowers on the DSP:

This completed piece is adhered to a Gorgeous Grape 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 Gorgeous Grape ink, and adhere a ¾” x 4” strip of DSP to the bottom:

Quick and easy card, right?? You can easily make six of these cards with the basic cut of 12” x 12” DSP! Don’t forget that your Stampin’ Blends are a great way to color ribbon so it coordinates with your card! Want to make the ribbon darker? Then color the ribbon with your Stampin’ Blends multiple times, until your achieve the color you want!

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Hello, pineapple!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and tropical card featuring the Tropical Oasis Suite! The Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper has some absolutely beautiful designs that are sure to perk you up and out of those “winter blues”! As I was looking over the DSP and trying to decide which design to use, I thought why not the pineapple design? I will admit that it’s not necessarily a design that I would be drawn to create with, so I thought this would be a perfect way to not only challenge myself, but to also create a cute and fun card! 

For the base layer, cut a piece of Soft Suede cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, spritz with some water, and emboss with the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder. I then used my Stazon Saddle Brown ink pad and “dragged” it across the embossed cardstock, vertically and horizontally (top to bottom and left to right). I felt that this really gave the embossed cardstock that “basket” look:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Cut a 3” x 3” square of this design from the DSP and then cut at 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” square of So Saffron cardstock to be layered under the DSP. 

2. Stamp the pineapple stamp in the Saddle Brown in on Very Vanilla cardstock, use the Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Watercolor pencils to color in, blend with the Stampin’ Blender Pen, and cut out with the coordinating die.

3. Choose one of the Tropical Oasis Trinkets.

4. Cut a 5 ¼” piece of the Braided Burlap Trim.

5. Using the aloha die, cut two times from Very Vanilla cardstock and one time from the Gold Foil Sheet. All three layers will be adhered together, with the gold foil cut out on top.

6. Use three of the leaf dies to cut out of Old Olive cardstock (I spritzed the cardstock first with water since these are cut and emboss dies) and then took each leave and “dragged” them across the saddle brown ink pad, making sure the edges get inked.

I used Tear & Tape to adhere the burlap trim across the middle of the embossed cardstock base layer, adhere the pineapple cut out on top of one of the pineapples from the DSP, adhere the DSP/cardstock layers to the embossed cardstock base layer with dimensionals, and a glue dot to adhere the trinket to the burlap trim:

The leaves are adhered to the embossed cardstock base layer and the layered die cut sentiment is adhered around the bottom of the leaves. I also frayed the end of the burlap trim with my fingernails:

This completed piece is adhered to an Old Olive cardstock base layer, 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 and color the pineapple in the corner the same way as the one on the card front, and stamp the sentiment in saddle brown ink:

This card is just so cute! Not only is this also a great “masculine” card, but if you are looking for Father’s Day cards, this would totally be a great option! I know, it may seem a little soon to be thinking about Father’s Day, but I just wanted to show you that this suite also has a masculine side and you can easily make multiples of this card since the DSP cut is smaller!

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One Sheet Wonder with Lovely Lily Pad

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which feature’s the Lovely Lily Pad stamp set, Lily Pad Dies, and Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper from the 2020 Sale-A-Bration Catalog! A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the Stamp It Group’s monthly blog hop which featured cards and projects from the SAB catalog and for my card, I used the Lovely Lily Pad stamp set and coordinating Lily Pad Dies. Well, I absolutely loved how the lily turned out using Stampin’ Blends and heat embossing, so I wanted to create another card, but change up the colors used. The design I used for the base layer of this card actually inspired the colors I used for the lily, which I love how this turned out as well!

For the base layer, I chose this design from the Lily Impressions DSP. This DSP comes in 12” x 12” sheets, so I cut this sheet up to create six cards: trim 1 ½” off the bottom, turn the DSP 90 degrees, cut at 4”, three times across (you will have three 4” x 10 ½” sheets), and then cut those sheets in half (along the 10 ½” side) at 5 ¼”. As for the 1 ½” x 12” strip, cut that at the 4” mark three times and then cut the 1 ½” side in half, at ¾”. This will give you six small strips measuring ¾” x 4”, for the inside of the card:

For the rest of the card front, you will need:

1. Use the Pool Party So Very Vellum cardstock and cut into 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares.

2. Using the Silver Metallic Thread, wrap around your four fingers, four times.

3. Stamp the sentiment from Timeless Tulips in Calypso Coral ink on Whisper White cardstock and punch out with the 1” Circle Punch. Use the 1 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch to punch out a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock, this will be layered under the sentiment.

4. For the leaves and lily pad, first ink the outline stamp in Versamark ink, then in Garden Green ink, and stamp on Whisper White cardstock. Sprinkle Clear Emboss Powder and set with your heat tool (don’t forget to use your Embossing Buddy on the cardstock first!). I colored these in with the Light Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends and along one side of the leaves, I used the Dark Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends to give a little shading. These are then cut out with the coordinating dies.

5. For the large lily, first use your Embossing Buddy on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the outline stamp in Versamark ink and then Calypso Coral ink, sprinkle with Clear Emboss Powder, and set with your heat tool. I first started coloring the inner part of the flower petals with Dark Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends, then Light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends, and then finally Dark Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends, not just the tip of the petals, but over the whole petal. 

To assemble the lily, leaves, lily pad, and Silver Metallic Thread, I placed some adhesive on the back of the lily and when I placed the metallic thread, I made sure it was coming out from the top of the lily only. I then used glue dots to adhere the leaves and placed a couple more glue dots to adhere the lily pad to the lily:

I used some adhesive along the lily pad and leaves to adhere to the vellum square, positioned towards the bottom of the vellum square:

I used adhesive on the back of the vellum square, behind the lily, and then adhered to the middle of the DSP base layer. The layered sentiment is adhered with a dimensional onto the DSP base layer:

This completed piece is adhered to a Coastal Cabana 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” x 4” strip of DSP along the bottom:

Isn’t this a super cute “all occasions” card?? I left the inside sentiment out so that I now will have six cards readily available to send out! Yes, the lily, leaves, and lily pad are a little time consuming because of the coloring and die cutting, but honestly, if you have a couple hours just to sit down and let your creativity flow, or even break it up over a few days, this is a great way to use up all these awesome products and send out beautiful cards for any occasion or reason! 

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Peaceful Poppies Tri-Fold Shaker Card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Peaceful Poppies Suite for this super fun tri-fold shaker card! So, I’ve been thinking lately that it’s time to change things up and do a fun fold card, but I hadn’t quite figured out what one I really wanted to share with you. Well, the other day I saw a YouTube video from Jennifer McGuire and I loved it! So, this layout is a CASE (copy and share everything or copy and selectively edit) from her video, which I will provide a link to that video at the end of this post, that I used with the Peaceful Poppies Suite! Sometimes the struggle with making a shaker card can be much, I personally have issues with the foam strips and lining the “frame” up, so if you are like me or maybe you just want to try making a shaker card, this card is a great alternative!

In Jennifer’s video, she actually stamps a scenery, but I thought this design from the Peaceful Poppies DSP would work perfectly for the inside fold. Since this will be a full 4 ¼” x 5 ½” piece, I first cut the sheet of DSP at 4 ¼” and then lined the bottom up at 5 ½” to cut. I lined the second piece of DSP the same, which left me with a small 1” x 4 ¼” strip of the DSP left over:

You will need two card base layers in Basic Black cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”(one sheet of cardstock). After burnishing the score line with your bone folder, you will use one of the card bases with the front opening to your right (or the card fold on the right side) and adhere the DSP with liquid glue:

To make the frames, cut a full sheet of Basic Black cardstock into four 4 ¼” x 5 ½” pieces. From the Stitched Rectangle Dies, use the second largest layering die to cut out. I found it helpful to use my grid paper to help line up the die so that it was even and I also used some craft tape to keep the die in place:

Now you will take the other card base and use the die to cut out a frame from the cardstock. You can still use your grid paper to make sure that it is lined up evenly and use craft tape to keep the die in place:

You will now adhere three of the frame layers together using liquid glue, I used my fingers to “flatten out” the layers to make sure they are flat and evenly adhered together:

Cut two pieces of the Window Sheets at 4 3/16” and 5 7/16”, or the small line right before 4 ¼” and 5 ½” on your trimmer, so they are just slightly smaller than 4 ¼” x 5 ½”:

On the card base with the cut out frame, use Tear & Tape on the front, along each side, remove the backing, and lay one of the Window Sheets on top of the adhesive:

Use another layer of Tear & Tape on top of that same Window Sheet, remove the backing, and place the triple layer frame on top:

Use your Embossing Buddy on the Window Sheet to remove any static and pour some of the Peaceful Poppies Sequins onto the Window Sheet. I place four drops of the Fine Tip Glue Pen on the Window Sheet and then put a sequin on each drop. You will then want to set this aside to allow the glue to dry:

Take the fourth (or left over) cut out frame and place Tear & Tape on the backside, along each side, remove the backing, and place the second Window Sheet on the adhesive, use your Embossing Buddy again to remove any static. On the card base frame, you will want to use another layer of Tear & Tape along each side, remove the backing, and place the top frame layer on top. This will now give you a “shaker card” without the foam strip:

Now you will want to adhere the two back layers of the base cards together with liquid glue, making sure that the DSP front closes to the left and the shaker front closes to the right:

This is what your card folded closed should look like:

For the card front, I stamped the sentiment in Poppy Parade ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the coordinating die. I also cut out four small leaves in Old Olive cardstock and four flower buds, two in Poppy Parade and Blackberry Bliss cardstock, using glue dots to adhere to the leaves:

I used liquid glue to adhere the sentiment and flower buds along the bottom corner, this way you will not see any adhesive on the window sheet:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Poppy Parade ink, the flower stamp along the bottom in Memento ink (you will do this twice to fill in along the bottom), and color in the flowers with Dark Poppy Parade and Dark Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blends:

Isn’t this a super cute and fun card?? If you would like to see Jennifer McGuire’s video, click here. The whole purpose of creating all these frames is so that it gives you that space you need for the sequins to move around between the window sheets. Don’t throw away those inside pieces from the die cuts! Those will make perfect framing layers for future cards. Now, here is some “words of wisdom” that I can pass along to you before you set out to make this card: using the largest layering die may look easier, but it’s not best to use that die, but the second largest die instead. When you use the largest die, there is only an 1/8” of an inch along each side and the Tear & Tape is ¼”, which is too wide, and you definitely need to use Tear & Tape for the Window Sheet pieces, Multipurpose Glue will be too messy and the Fine Tip Glue Pen glue will not adhere Window Sheets together. I personally have some 1/8” tape (you can find this at a big box craft store) but I’m not going to make a card that you may not have Stampin’ Up! products on hand for. I discovered this mistake after I started using the largest layering Stitched Rectangle Die, so I put those pieces aside and started over with the second largest Stitched Rectangle Die. I did go back and finish that card, so here are the two side by side:

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The Power of Encouragement

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Power of Hope Bundle! This stamp set and 3D embossing folder is featured in the 2020 Sale-A-Bration catalog, which you can earn with a qualifying $100 (USD) product purchase until March 31st or while supplies last! The inspiration for today’s card is one of the sentiments, “today is a day for new beginnings”, and really, everyday can be a new beginning with this versatile sentiment. So, why not do some sponge coloring to create a morning sunrise behind the temple? 

The base layer for this card, is the Blueberry Bushel Foil (from the Noble Peacock Foil Sheets), cut at 4” X 5 ¼”, and embossed with the Stone 3D Embossing Folder:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Two strips of the Seaside Spray Scalloped Linen Ribbon, one piece cut at 4 ½” and the other at 5 ¾”. Make sure when you trim the ends that they are the same angle. 

2. Use the largest oval from the Layering Oval Dies to cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. I used a couple sticky notes to mask what would be the ground and sponge colored first in Daffodil Delight ink.

3. Use the 1 ½” Circle Punch to create a second mask to create the “sun” and then first sponge color in Mango Melody ink and then sponge color in Poppy Parade ink, creating your sunrise.

4. I used a little bit of Blueberry Bushel ink around the top, then flipped the sticky note mask so the sunrise was covered, and sponge colored the ground with Blueberry Bushel ink.

5. To stamp the temple, I used my Stamparatus so that I could ink the stamp three times to get a dark and crisp stamp image.

I used Tear & Tape to adhere the ribbon to embossed foil base layer:

The oval scene is adhered with dimensionals and the completed piece is adhered to a Seaside Spray cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink, stamp the maple tree in Early Espresso ink, and color in the tree and grass with Dark Poppy Parade and Dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends:

Isn’t this a cool way to tie the inside sentiment to the card front? I absolutely love using this embossing folder with foil paper! A fun effect with stamping the temple three times, is that it gives it kind of an embossed feeling when you run your finger over the stamped image!

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