What kind of crafter are you?

Hello and welcome to today’s blog, which is geared towards you and what kind of crafter you are. Have you ever given it any thought? Are you just beginning your crafting journey? Maybe you have been making cards for a while and make them as needed? Better yet, you have a designated crafting area and like to spend time making cards to have on hand and readily available? When I attended OnStage in November, Stampin’ Up! talked about this and really gave some food for thought. Sometimes as a demonstrator we get caught up in all the new products and how to incorporate them all and make all these fabulous cards, but if you are just starting this can be very overwhelming and not know where you should start! So today I am going to make 3 cards and discuss what kind of crafter you are!

#simplestamper

You may or may not have seen this, but what a simple stamper is, is someone who is just starting out as a crafter. As I said before, figuring out where to start can be very overwhelming. One of the things that attracted me to SU! years ago was the color and product coordination. When you start, it is easiest to start with paper, ink, and stamp. No matter what catalog you are first introduced to, not only are there beautiful example for you to CASE (Copy and Share Everything or Copy and Selectively Edit), but you are given a list of colors for coordination. So now where do I start? The best suggestion I can give is start with what kind of card you want to make. I have 3 categories that I put my card making in, starting with the most made to have on hand/make as I need: 1) Birthday 2) Holiday (Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s) and 3) All Others (Anniversary, Wedding, Baby, Condolence, Get Well, ect). Whether you are limited on time, space, or even budget, start off with what works best for you and do not ever think that you cannot make a beautiful card with just paper, ink, and stamps! We all start out as a #simplestamper! Lol

#simplestamper

For this example, I chose to use the Forever Lovely stamp set, Lovely Lipstick and Whisper White cardstock, and Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo, and Memento inks:

Lovely Lipstick cardstock base: 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”

Whisper White cardstock: (2) 4” x 5 ¼”

On the base layer of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the heart image in Lovely Lipstick and Flirty Flamingo inks and the sentiment is stamped in Memento ink:

The inside piece of Whisper White cardstock, the sentiment is stamped in Lovely Lipstick ink and the small hearts are stamped in Lovely Lipstick and Flirty Flamingo inks:

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#casualcrafter

What is a casual crafter? This is generally someone who has basic supplies and start adding punches, embellishments, and ribbon to their cards. They may or may not have a designated crafting area, but make cards “as needed”.

For this example, I used the Forever Lovely stamp set, All My Love Designer Series Paper, Lovely Lipstick and Flirty Flamingo inks, 3 punches, ribbon, and an embellishment:

Lovely Lipstick cardstock base: 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”

All My Love DSP base layer: 4” x 5 ¼”

Punches-Starburst in Lovely Lipstick cardstock, 2” Circle Punch in Flirty Flamingo cardstock, 1 ¾” Circle Punch in Whisper White cardstock

Ribbon-Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon cut at 6”

Embellishment-Heart Epoxy Droplets

Since the sentiment is too long for the circle punch, I first stamped You Are, cleaned the stamp, and then stamped Loved underneath. Since this is photopolymer, it made it very easy to see the words at the edge of the ink pad, however, you can always mask what you don’t want inked with a piece of tape. I layered the circles, stamped the small hearts in Flirty Flamingo ink, and then added 3 of the smallest Heart Epoxy Droplets. The ribbon is adhered to the DSP, the layered circles are adhered with dimensionals, and then this piece is adhered to the card base:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the heart stamp along the side and the small hearts in Flirty Flamingo ink, and stamp the sentiment in Lovely Lipstick ink:

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#avidcrafter

What is an avid crafter? This is generally someone who has a designated crafting area/room, makes cards for any occasion, and spends time making cards ahead of time. An avid crafter also has really everything they need to create a card, big shot, heat tool, ribbons, embellishments, etc.

For this example, I used the Forever Lovely Bundle, All My Love DSP, and the Be Mine Stitched Framelits to create this card:

The card base is Soft Sea Foam, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”.

The base layer is All My Love DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”.

The sentiment is stamped in Lovely Lipstick ink.

I used the Lovely Flowers Edgelits Dies on the sentiment cardstock, the Lovely Lipstick cardstock layer underneath, and cut two leaves in Soft Sea Foam cardstock.

The heart is cut out of Vellum cardstock using the biggest heart framelit.

For added embellishment, I used Whisper White Baker’s Twine wrapped twice around the DSP, 2 of the large Heart Epoxy Droplets colored with Dark Flirty Flaming Stampin’ Blends, and traced the cut out rose with Wink of Stella:

The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, stamped in Lovely Lipstick ink. The flowers are stamped in Lovely Lipstick ink, cut out with the coordinating die, and the leaves are stamped in Soft Sea Foam ink, cut out with the coordinating die. One of the flowers and both leaves are popped up with dimensionals:

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So, after all this, what kind of crafter are you? Of course, I’m an avid crafter! But then again, it took me a long, long time and it also required a bedroom that I could turn into a craft room, which didn’t happen until my oldest son left home (we are “empty nesters”, both of my sons are serving in the military). I definitely started out as a simple stamper, budgeted, and planned what supplies I needed…and I still do! Remember that you don’t have to feel overwhelmed and need to buy the whole store! Lol Even if you feel that you’re “not that crafty”, Google is your friend and you will find so many beautiful cards to inspire you and/or CASE! 

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I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Valentine’s Day part 3

Welcome to part three of my three-part series featuring Valentine’s Day Cards! Each blog post will feature two cards giving alternative ideas featuring some current and some retired Stampin’ Up! products and even some Paper Pumpkin. Don’t worry if you do not have a retired product that is used, you can easily swap it out for what you have on hand or for something that is current.

For this first card, I thought using this stamp from the Party Panda’s stamp set would be perfect to use in creating a Black, White, and Red card.

The card base is in Real Red card stock cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½’, the first base layer is in Basic Black cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and the second base layer is from the Sending Love DSP (retired) cut at 3 ¾” x 5”. On a scrap piece of Whisper White, stamp the panda stamp in Memento ink, color the heart on the envelope with the Real Red Stampin’ Write marker, and then use the sending love stamp from the Sealed with Love stamp set (retired) in Real Red ink. The image is cut out using the 2nd largest square from the Layering Squares Framelits and then a piece in Basic Black using the largest scalloped Layering Square Framelits, adhere together. The two base layers are adhered together, use a piece of the Vintage Crochet Trim (retired) to tie in a bow around the middle, adhere to the card base, and then use Stampin Dimensionals to adhere the square layers to the base layers. The inside sentiment is from the Sealed with Love stamp set, stamped in Real Red and Memento inks.
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The second card base is Melon Mambo card stock cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”, and the base layer is from the Painted with Love DSP cut at 3 ½” x 5 ¼”. I used the Love Notes Framelits Dies (retired) for the hearts along the front and then adhered a piece of Gold Foil Sheet cut at ½’ x 5 ½” to the card base so the hearts are on top and adhere the base layer to the card base. Using the three smallest curvy hearts from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits, cut out the hearts from scrap pieces of Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, and Vellum card stock. Layer hearts and adhere to the base layer and I used a piece of Melon Mambo Cotton Ribbon (retired) to tie in a bow and adhered to the biggest heart with a Mini Glue Dot. The inside sentiment is on a piece of Whisper White card stock cut at 3 1/2’” x 5 ¼”, stamped in Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, and Rich Razzleberry inks using the stamps from the Sending Love stamp set (retired).

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!

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Valentine’s Day part 2

Welcome to part two of my three-part series featuring Valentine’s Day Cards! Each blog post will feature two cards giving alternative ideas featuring some current and some retired Stampin’ Up! products and even some Paper Pumpkin. Don’t worry if you do not have a retired product that is used, you can easily swap it out for what you have on hand or for something that is current.

This first card was CASE from Linda Cullen from her Coffee & Crafts Facebook Live Class and you can see her card here. Now, I do not have the Hexagon Dynamics Embossing Folder, but I knew I had something that I could easily substitute.

The card base is in Thick Whisper White card stock cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”, and the base layer is in Whisper White card stock cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. You will also need some scrap Whisper White, Vellum, and Basic Black card stock.

Starting with the Whisper White card stock base layer, use the 3rd largest curvy heart from the Sweet & Sassy Framelit Dies, place about 2/3 up, and run thru the Big Shot. On the scrap piece of Whisper White card stock, stamp the detailed bee in Memento ink twice from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, then use the detailed be thinlit from the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits to cut them out, and use the same thinlit again on the scrap piece of Vellum card stock. The bee image on the Whisper White card stock is then colored in using the Light Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends marker and the vellum piece is then adhered using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. Since I do not have the Hexagon Embossing Folder, I used a piece of DSP from the Love Blossoms DSP Stack (retired), which was cut at 3” x 3”, and then I placed Stampin Dimensionals on each corner on the back and around the heart on the back of the Whisper White card stock, adhering the piece of DSP. Using the scrap piece of Basic Black card stock, cut at ½’ x 3”, stamp the letters from the Labeler Alphabet set in VersMark and heat emboss in White Embossing Powder, trimming the end with the Banner Triple Punch, and then place a small amount of Snail Adhesive on the front to adhere to the inside of the heart, towards the bottom, and then some on the back to secure placement. I used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to place the bee’s around the heart, added a piece of Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon (yeah, really retired!) around the bottom and then adhered to the card base.

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For this second card, I wanted to create something not typical for a Valentine’s Day card and This Little Piggy came to mind. I thought the Hogs & Kisses and the lips stamps would be cute to use!

The card base is in Pool Party cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”, and the base layer is from the Sending Love DSP stack (retired) cut at 5 ¼” x 4”. On Whisper White card stock, stamp the Hogs & Kisses stamp in Memento ink and then use the 2nd largest curvy heart from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits to cut out. Then color in using the Light Old Olive, Light Pink Pirouette, Dark Pink Pirouette, Light Smoky Slate, and Light Pool Party. The lips are stamped in Real Red ink and the cloud image is stamped in Pool Party ink. Using the leftover heart image from the card above (see what I did here??), stamp the lips in Real Red randomly around and then adhere both hearts to the DSP base layer. The Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine is wrapped around three times, tying into a bow, and then I added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels to give it some bling before adhering to the card base. The inside sentiment is stamped in Real Red and Pool Party inks from the This Little Piggy and the Adoring Arrows stamp sets.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!

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Valentine’s Day part 1

Welcome to part one of my three-part series featuring Valentine’s Day Cards! Each blog post will feature two cards giving alternative ideas featuring some current and some retired Stampin’ Up! products and even some Paper Pumpkin. Don’t worry if you do not have a retired product that is used, you can easily swap it out for what you have on hand or for something that is current.

Both cards today feature Paper Pumpkin January 2017, Adoring Arrows, and what alternatives I created. If you have never tried Paper Pumpkin, I highly recommend it! Each month is a surprise and you may get a card or a 3-D project, such as Adoring Arrows, and you receive everything you need to make the project and even have some left over! For Adoring Arrows, this kit made Valentine themed treat bags, however, I do not have little ones or the need for treat bags, so the hunt was on for alternative ideas.

The card above started with Thick Whisper White card stock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at      5 ½”. The base layer is from the Painted with Love DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and the rest of the products are from the Paper Pumpkin (PP) kit, but the lip stamp is from the Sealed with Love stamp set. I first cut the foil bag from the PP down and then punched the end using the Banner Triple Punch, adhered one of the Calypso Coral Vellum banners from the kit on top, and then used one of the white die-cut hearts to stamp the lips in Versamark and heat embossed it in Gold Embossing Powder. After adhering the base layer and the banners to the card base, I put a small amount of Fast Fuse in the middle of the area that I was going to place the arrow. After putting the gold foil stickers on the wooden dowel (all from the PP kit), I placed the wooden dowel on the Fast Fuse, then placed a Stampin’ Dimensional on each side (about where the heart will be placed) of the wooded dowel, put a small amount of Fast Fuse on the back of the heart, and then placed over the dimensionals and pressing down on the heart to basically keep the arrow in place. Then you can stamp the inside with your sentiment.

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For this second card, the card base is in Sweet Sugarplum, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”and scored at 4 ¼”. The base layer is in Whisper White card stock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and the stamps used are from the January 2017 PP and from the Sealed with Love stamp set. The love stamp is stamped in Sweet Sugarplum and the heart outline are stamped in Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry, all randomly on the base layer. Then the mini heart, happy valentine’s day, and I adore you stamps where stamped in the heart outlines using Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, and Rich Razzleberry ink (these are from the PP kit). The white die-cut heart is from the PP kit, which I stamped sending love (from the Sealed with Love set) in Sweet Sugarplum and then used a Sponge Dauber to sponge Sweet Sugarplum around the edge. The gold foil heart is from one of the bags in the PP kit, which I used the fourth largest heart from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits. Using the gold thread from the PP kit, I wrapped that around the base layer, adhering on the back. Finally, adhere the base layer to the card base and then use Stampin Dimensionals on the hearts and layer those over the gold thread. The inside sentiment is from the kit, stamped in Rich Razzleberry, and the hearts along the bottom are from the Sealed with Love stamp set, stamped in Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!

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Sealed With Love Photopolymer Stamp Set

Sealed With Love Photopolymer Stamp Set
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