Just add color!

Hello and welcome to my first blog post of 2019! I hope you all had a safe and joyous holiday season! Now that the 2019 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs has gone live, I thought I would show you not one, but two cards using the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper, which you can earn for FREE with a qualifying $50 (USD) purchase! This beautiful DSP not only has lots of color, but black and white as well! Two of the designs are of butterflies in black and white and I chose one of the designs to spotlight the butterflies using Stampin’ Blends. If you have thought about purchasing Stampin’ Blends or maybe have already started purchasing a few of the Stampin’ Blends, this is a perfect opportunity to use them and just add color!

To start, I used this butterfly and flower black and white design and at 3 ¾” x 12” and then cut that piece down at 5”, giving me two pieces of DSP measuring 3 ¾” x 5”. For the DSP on the right, I chose Dark Pineapple Punch, Light Mango Melody, and Light Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends. For the DSP on the left, I chose Dark Petal Pink, Light Flirty Flamingo (I started with Dark Flirty Flamingo on one of the butterflies, decided it was too dark, and then switched to Light Flirty Flamingo), and Dark Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends:

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Cut two pieces of Basic Black cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” to layer the DSP on:

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For the card on the right, I used Mango Melody cardstock for the card base and Flirty Flamingo cardstock for the card base for the card on the left, both cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The card front sentiment is from Rooted in Nature, stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Pumpkin Pie and Lovely Lipstick inks, and then punch out the sentiment with the 1 1/8” Scallop Circle Punch. I used the 1 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch to punch out a piece in Pumpkin Pie and Lovely Lipstick cardstock to layer the sentiment on. You will cut a piece of the Silver Metallic-Edge Ribbon long enough to wrap around the DSP and Basic Black base layer:

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The DSP is adhered to the Basic Black base layer and then the ribbon is adhered across the bottom. TIP-this ribbon is wide enough that you can use some Snail on the back to help keep it in place on the card front. The sentiment is then adhered to the layering cardstock, then adhered with a dimensional, and finally is adhered to the card base:

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For the inside sentiment on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, the sentiment is also from Rooted in Nature stamp set, in Mango Melody and Flirty Flamingo ink. The butterflies are from Butterfly Gala stamp set in Memento Ink and are colored in with the same Stampin’ Blends colors as the front of the card:

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So, what do you think?? Isn’t this fun paper that you can earn for free?? This is a great way to create 6 cards just like this from one sheet of Designer Series Paper! Then, you will have 3 pieces of the DSP measuring 2” x 3 ¾” to create up to 3 more cards from!!

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Don’t put away those Christmas crafting supplies yet!

Hello and welcome to today’s project, which is a scrapbook page layout for Christmas! I don’t know about you, but I really haven’t “put away” any of my Christmas crafting goodies, so I thought what better way to use up left-over designer series paper than make a scrapbook page! If you like to scrapbook or even would like to start scrapbooking, it can be very overwhelming not just to keep up with, but where to start?! For Christmas 2016 I decided to make a scrapbook of the year for my parents, my in-laws, and my son and daughter in-law because we had an eventful and exciting year (my older son and DIL were married, my younger son graduated from boot camp, my older son was promoted in the service, first deployment homecoming, family vacation, and a birth announcement!). While it may have seemed easy because I just went chronologically through the year, making 4 (yes, FOUR) scrapbooks starting right after Thanksgiving was a lot! So needless to say, mine did not get made, but the other 3 did and I took pictures of each page for when I get around to making mine….

With the New Year upon us, I did make some “crafting resolutions” and one of those is to use up all the old designer series paper I have on hand, whether it’s card making, some sort of craft, or scrapbooking. With the end of the 2018 Holiday Catalog just days away, I thought that creating a quick and fun scrapbook page would be a great way to end the year and start on my resolution!

To start, I used the tree stamp from Winter Woods and stamped it twice in Garden Green ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I then cut out one image with the coordinating framelit from In the Woods and then cut out the other tree with the smaller framelit that gives it a 3D effect. I then used some of the Shimmery White Embossing Paste on the cut outs and set aside to dry:

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For this page, I decided to use one 4”x 6” photo and two 2”x 3” photos, so for the 4” x 6” I cut a piece of Garden Green cardstock at 4 ½” x 6 ½” and used this edgelit die from Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies on the sides. Then I cut two pieces of the DSP at 2 ½” x 3 ½”, just flipping over one of the DSP:

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The rest of the items I used is the sentiment from Snowflake Sentiments stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White cardstock, punched out with the Starburst Punch, punched out another in Garden Green cardstock, used both snowflake framelits to cut out 2 small and 3 large from the Sparkle Glimmer Paper, both layers of the tree are adhered with mini dimensionals, the deer’s are stamped in Crumb Cake ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the coordinating framelits from the Dashing Deer Bundle, and used the hill framelit from In the Woods on a piece of 1 ½” x 4” piece of White Velvet paper:

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I chose this design from the DSP and figured out the best placement for the pictures:

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Then I took the accessory pieces and placed them where I thought they looked best. The snowflakes are adhered using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, the deer in the upper right corner is adhered with dimensionals, the sentiment is adhered to the cardstock (slightly off) and then adhered with dimensionals, the hill is adhered to the DSP with the small deer adhered to the velvet paper, and then the layered tree is adhered with dimensionals:

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Wasn’t that pretty quick and easy? Even though I don’t have pictures ready, I’m going to store this in the time being in one of my 12” x 12” Page Protectors (page 194 in the AC). Another alternative to the picture size is two 4” x 6” or four 2” x 3” pictures. I just love the sentiment for this scrapbook page, it sums up the season!

From my family to yours, have a safe, happy, and prosperous 2019! Happy New Year!!

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Create a sympathy card with Glossy White Cardstock

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a sympathy card I created with Glossy White Cardstock. This card did not start out as a sympathy card, rather I wanted to create a card using the Dandelion Wishes stamp set and Glossy White Cardstock. As I was making this card and discussing with my husband how I made the image on the glossy cardstock, he mentioned he needed a sympathy card and I thought this would be perfect with the Kindness & Compassion stamp set!

When Stampin’ Up! brought back Glossy White cardstock, I was excited because I originally bought it when it was previously sold, did one project, and then it just sat…and sat…and sat. The cardstock can be very intimidating, for me at least, so I tried to think of some way to create a card with it. Earlier this year I did a card using the “polished stone technique”, so I thought I would try coloring using a cotton ball and Stampin’ Up! Ink Refills and it was very easy! I will walk you through each step below!

I first started with a 3 ¾” x 5” piece of Glossy White cardstock:

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I used this dandelion image from the Dandelion Wishes stamp set, which I stamped in StazOn Jet Black ink:

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I chose 3 colors that I wanted to color the background in, going from light to dark, and went with So Saffron, Mango Melody, and Pumpkin Pie ink refills:

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I first started with So Saffron ink, which I put a couple drops on a cotton ball, and then swirled around the dandelion image:

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I then used Mango Melody ink on a different cotton ball and swirled that around the So Saffron ink:

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Finally, I used Pumpkin Pie ink on a different cotton ball, which I swirled around the rest of the paper. TIP-if you put too much ink on the cotton ball, flip the cotton ball over and use a clean side, this will take up any of the extra ink. If you don’t add enough ink, quickly squeeze another drop or two and quickly blend in:

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For the front of the card sentiment, I used one of the sentiments from Kindness & Compassion on a 5/8” piece of Whisper White cardstock, which I used my Stampin’ Write Marker in Basic Black to ink the bottom of the sentiment, flagged the end with the Banner Triple Punch, and cut a 5” piece of the Burlap Ribbon:

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To adhere the sentiment to the ribbon and then the ribbon to the cardstock, I used some Tear & Tape Adhesive on the back:

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The card base is a 5 ½” x 8 ½” piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock, scored at 4 ¼”, and the base layer is Basic Black cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. The base layer is adhered to the card base and then the glossy cardstock is adhered slightly askew on top:

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The burlap ribbon is adhered across the bottom of the glossy cardstock and the sentiment is adhered on top:

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The inside sentiment is on a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock, the sentiment is inked using the Stampin’ Write Marker in Basic Black and the dandelion seed stamp is inked in Memento Ink, stamping off first:

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I’m really going to have to look up some more ideas using Glossy White Cardstock, this was pretty easy to create! The ink from the cotton ball dried quickly, but I did have to use my heat tool to help dry the dandelion image. I know a lot of us create cards as we need them, but every now and again, get out paper, a stamp set, or even some embellishments and let your creativity take over and experiment!

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Mmmm….cake!!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new Amazing Life stamp set from the 2019 Occasions Catalog! This stamp set is actually part of a bundle, which includes the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies!! What?? Rectangle dies?? They feature stitching on the inside and outside the frame, so you can use either size! I won’t be using these today, however, but will share with you a quick and easy card using the stamp set.

To start, use Bermuda Bay cardstock for the card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is Pool Party cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and is embossed with the Striped Scallops TIEF:

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For the card front, you will use the Balloon Bouquet Punch on a piece of Champagne Foil Sheet, use Whisper White Baker’s Twine to tie around the end, on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, you will stamp the background stamp from Artisan Textures stamp set in Pool Party ink, stamp the sentiment in Bermuda Bay ink, and the cut out using the largest scalloped square from the Layering Squares Framelits Dies:

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I first adhered the balloons directly to the card base and then adhered the sentiment with dimensionals. I felt this needed a little something else added, so I opted for the Glitter Enamel Dots in Coastal Cabana:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, stamped in Bermuda Bay ink, and I used a Blender Pen with Pool Party ink to color in the cake. The best part about this inside sentiment is that I was able to use my Stamparatus to position the stamps and stamp them all at the same time!

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Wasn’t that quick and easy?? I chose to use the scalloped square and the Striped Scallops TIEF for this card because I thought the combination of the two tied well together. I also chose Bermuda Bay and Pool Party for the color combo because I haven’t created with these colors in so long and wanted some fun colors for this card! I hope you like it!!

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Emboss resist & Brusho!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is my little experiment with emboss resist on watercolor paper and Brusho. If you don’t know what Brusho is, it is watercolor ink crystals that are highly pigmented and Stampin’ Up! offers them in 5 colors that come in small pots. These crystals are more like a fine dust, which makes it easy to get everywhere, and I recommend that you only poke one small hole in the top and keep a thumb tack in the hole until ready for use. There are different ways to create watercolor washes with Brusho, but today I am showing you how I created this watercolor wash by sprinkling the Brusho color onto Watercolor Paper and spritzing with water and I love the end result!

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To start, I use a piece of Watercolor Paper, cut at 3” x 5”, and heat emboss the flower and leaf from the Beautiful Promenade stamp set in Clear Embossing Powder:

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I gently sprinkled the Brilliant Red, Gamboge, and Yellow over the flowers and then sprinkled Yellow and Moss Green over the leaves:

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Next, I used my Stampin’ Spritzer filled with water and spritzed until I achieved the desired result. If you missed a spot or want to add more of a color, you can sprinkle more on as well:

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I used a paper towel to soak up some of the excess water and also lightly dried the embossed edges of the flowers and leaves. If you notice, there is a slight blue color, which is from the Prussian Blue pot, and I didn’t even take this pot out of the box! LOL:

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After comparing different color cardstock for the base, I decided to use Mossy Meadow, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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I really liked how the watercolor paper design looked on my bamboo cutting board (this was just a random one I had and decided to use this for any Brusho projects. This especially helps protect my work space when I’m spritzing water), so I found this design from the Wood Textures 6” x 6” DSP and trimmed it to 4” x 5 ¼”. I used this edgelit die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies along the top and bottom of the DSP:

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Adding a bit of ribbon wouldn’t be too much, so I used the Grapefruit Grove Grosgrain Ribbon. I thought this coordinated nicely with the colors:

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To assemble the card front, I tied the ribbon around the DSP and then adhered the watercolor paper to the DSP. (Note-make sure that the watercolor paper is completely dried and use a strong adhesive, like Tear & Tape, Liquid Glue, or Fast Fuse) I then used dimensionals to adhere the base layer to the card base:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Very Vanilla cardstock, the sentiment is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set in Mossy Meadow ink, and the leaves from Beautiful Promenade are stamped in Mossy Meadow. The first stamp is in full ink and then immediate stamp again, which is also referred to second generation stamping:

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Brusho is really a great medium to play with! If you want to apply the color directly to the paper, simply mix a little bit of Brusho with water (on a clear block or small container) and then use a paintbrush to apply. Try experimenting with the colors by combining them to create a totally different color! Using watercolor paper or thick cardstock works best, especially if you are spritzing water on and protect your work space by either using a cutting board or having something else underneath for excess water and any runaway color crystals!!

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Incredible Like You

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which feature’s the new Incredible Like You stamp set from the 2019 Occasions Catalog! This stamp set coordinates with the Incredible Like You Project Kit, but I thought today I would make a card with just the stamp set, which is a photopolymer 2-step set. I really didn’t know what I wanted to create at first, so I decided to start with the 2-step flower stamps and chose the Calypso Coral and Grapefruit Grove color combo. I absolutely loved how the flower turned out, so I decided to use the Calypso Coral/Grapefruit Grove/Mango Melody color combo to complete this card. Let’s get started on this great, all occasion card!

The card base is Calypso Coral, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. Using the hinge-step technique with my Stamparatus, I inked up the striped stamp first in Calypso Coral ink for the top and bottom, Grapefruit Grove ink for the next step to Calypso Coral, and then Mango Melody for the middle:

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For the front of the card, you will need enough Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon to tie around the base layer into a bow, this design from the 6” x 6” Wood Textures DSP that measures 2 ½” x 2 ½”, and a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measures 2” x 2”. For the flower, I stamped the outline in Calypso Coral, the full flower stamp in Grapefruit Grove, the stem and leaves in Pear Pizzazz, and the dot stamp in Mango Melody. It really doesn’t show up very well, but I used my Wink of Stella pen along the Calypso Coral outline of the flower:

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To assemble the card front, tie the tulle ribbon around the base layer into a bow, adhere the squares together, use dimensionals to adhere the layered squares over the ribbon, and then adhere the base layer to the card base:

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For the inside, the sentiment from this set is stamped in Grapefruit Grove and the leaves from the set are stamped along the sides in Pear Pizzazz ink:

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I absolutely love card kits and the project kit that coordinates with this set makes 16 cards, but who doesn’t love seeing alternative ideas? It’s kind of like Paper Pumpkin, you want to see what others can create to inspire us!

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Gift card holder in a snap!

Hello and welcome to today’s project, which is a very quick and easy gift card holder! This time of year is big for giving gift cards and you can buy (gasp!) a gift card holder just about anywhere, but why not make your own? The Envelope Punch Board is a fun way to create and customize a gift card holder for any occasion! You can use either designer series paper or cardstock to create the envelope and can go all out with decorating the outside, or keep it simple. This gift card holder is a very simple, which is helpful if you are making several or are limited on time and need one quickly. Let’s get started!

I chose to create an envelope that measured 3 ½” x 5” so that it was big enough to fit the gift card and not too big that I couldn’t mail it. I started with a 7 ¼” x 7 ¼” piece of Dashing Along DSP and followed the instructions for scoring and punching, don’t forget to use the built-in corner rounder:

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The belly band is a 1 ½” x 11” piece of Garden Green cardstock, scored at 2 ¾” and at 8 ¼”:

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The inside holder is a 1 ¾” x 4” of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I used the 2” Circle Punch to create the notch at the top:

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The sentiment is from Cookie-Cutter Christmas stamped in Memento Ink and I used liquid glue around the side and bottom edges to adhere to the envelope.  You will want to make sure that you are as close to the edge as possible, this is a tight fit for the gift card:

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To decorate the belly band, I used the Starburst Punch on a piece of Sparkle Glimmer Paper, stamped the reindeer from Cookie-Cutter Christmas in Early Espresso ink on a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, and then punched out with the coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. To make the nose, I used the ¾” Circle Punch on a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock, used snips to cut off enough of the top to cover the nose, used a bit of Wink of Stella, and glued to the reindeer. This piece is glued to the Sparkle Glimmer Paper (liquid glue works bester on glimmer paper) and then this is glued to the ends of the belly band:

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Then you just slide the belly band on the envelope:

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Quick and easy, right? What I love about the Envelope Punch Board is that you can create an envelope for a card as small as 2” x 3 ½” to as big as 6” x 8 ½”! This is also great for creating a bigger envelope for those slightly thicker cards or if you want to really have your card stand out with an awesome envelope!

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