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.

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Sealed With Love Photopolymer Stamp Set

Sealed With Love Photopolymer Stamp Set
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Half Full

When the Holiday Catalog came out last year and I saw the Half Full stamp set, I knew I had to get it! This not only has Christmas sentiments, but you can use it for birthdays or just simply thinking of you. What’s even better is that this stamp set is still available in case you missed it!

Today’s card is a birthday card that I made for a friend of mine, not only does she love wine, she has her own wine purse!

The card base is in Fresh Fig, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”, and the base layer is from the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, using the side in gold, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I used the 2nd and 3rd largest framelits from the Lots of Labels Framelits on a piece of Designer Series Paper (I used Painted Autumn, which is now retired, but you can use any in place of this) and a piece of Whisper White cardstock. On the Whisper White card stock, I heat embossed in Gold Embossing Powder the wine glass and the sentiment, coloring in the wine glass with Fresh Fig ink using a Blender Pen. The wine bottle image was stamped in Memento ink, then colored in with Fresh Fig ink, Lemon-Lime Twist ink, and Garden Green ink with a Blender Pen, fussy cutting image.

The Fabulous Foil Acetate is adhered to the Fresh Fig base with Fast Fuse in the middle, adhered the Whisper White card stock to the DSP, adhered some 1/8” Sheer Ribbon in Fresh Fig and Mini Sequin Trim in Gold on the back of that, then used some Stampin Dimensionals to adhere to the acetate piece and this will cover the Fast Fuse. The wine bottle was then adhered with some Stampin Dimensionals and I added Faceted Gems in Gold for a little more bling.

For the inside sentiment, I stamped the wine glasses in Memento Ink and then alternating Fresh Fig and So Saffron ink along the bottom, stamped the sentiment and the “rings” from Timeless Textures stamp set in Fresh Fig ink.

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Beyond card making

Did you know that you can expand your creativity beyond card making and scrapbooking? Have you ever thought about creating a treasured memory from a simple photo? This is what today’s project is about!

This last September we spent a week in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with family and friends and what a wonderful time we all had! We surprised our very dear friends with their daughter, son-in-law, and grandbabies coming up from Florida and we surprised my in-laws (who live in Washington State) with our youngest son flying in from Hawaii. My MIL absolutely loves lighthouses, so one day my husband drove my in-laws and son around to visit the lighthouses. This picture was taken on Hatteras Island in front of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse of the three of them and we thought this picture would be great to use for my MIL for her birthday.

The frame, shells, and netting all came from a local craft store, but I really wanted to add something extra to this and knew that the High Tide stamp set would be perfect! The bottom scenery is on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 2” x 4”. Using Sponge Daubers, I sponged Pool Party ink on the top half for the water and sponged Sahara Sand ink on the bottom half for the sand, the waves are stamped in Dapper Denim ink, the grass is stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink, the birds are stamped in Memento ink, and I used the “speckled” stamp from the Waterfront set in Sahara Sand ink. The sentiment is stamped in Pool Party ink and then used a Sponge Dauber with Dapper Denim ink around the edges of the sentiment to give a slight ombre’ effect, then I used the 6th largest Scalloped Square framelit to cut the sentiment. Everything is adhered with a hot glue gun, lots and lots of hot glue! 😊

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Tutti-Frutti Hello

This quick and simple card is from the Tutti-Frutti Suite and can be used for any occasion.

The card base is in Real Red cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”. The base layer is from the Tutti-Frutti 6” x 6” Designer Series Paper, cut at 3” x 5 ½”. Using the Layering Square Framelits, cut out a piece of Night of Navy cardstock with the 2nd largest scalloped framelit and then cut out a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the 3rd largest square framelit. On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the solid bowl stamp in Sahara Sand ink and then the detailed bowl stamp in Soft Suede ink, fussy cutting the image out. The strawberry image was stamped in Real Red, then stamped again giving the lighter image, and the leaves are stamped in Garden Green ink on the darker strawberry and in Lemon-Lime Twist ink on the lighter strawberry, on scrap Whisper White cardstock, and then punched out using the coordinating punch from the Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack (I cut out seven pieces). On the back of the bowl piece, place a small amount of Snail Adhesive along the top, placing the strawberries across, and then place Glue Dots on the front of the remaining strawberries at the bottom, adhering those to the back of the other strawberries making sure they stick up enough to see them.

I adhered the DSP piece to the card base and then adhered the layering squares together, tying a piece of Real Red Solid Ribbon in a bow towards the bottom. I adhered the strawberry bowl using Stampin Dimensional’s on the layered square piece, stamped “hello” in Real Red ink in the bottom left hand corner and then adhered to the DSP and card base.

This inside of the card is a piece of Whisper White cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and I used the same technique to stamp the strawberries along the bottom.I hope you enjoy making this quick and simple card!

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Amazing You-quick and easy

This card was created with the quick and easy idea in mind, so that if you wanted to make several of these you to have on hand you could.

I started with the card base in Powder Pink cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”. The base layer is from the Painted with Love Specialty DSP cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and I chose a piece that did not have the gold foil in the design because I knew I wanted to incorporate some silver and gray.  The circle is in Whisper White cardstock using the 2nd largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits, stamping the “let’s” and “you” in Melon Mambo ink. I absolutely love the coordinating Celebrate You Thinlits Dies and cut the “celebrate” in Silver Foil, adhering part to the Whisper White Stitched Circle using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. Since I was using a piece of the Basic Gray Shimmer Ribbon across the middle of the DSP base, I wanted these pieces to pop up, so I used some Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the Stitched Circle and then cut one of the dimensionals in half and applied them to the back of the C and the L, then adhered to the base layer. I added some Basic Rhinestone Jewels, three in the medium and two in the large sizes, coloring the large jewels in the Dark Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends marker.

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Waterfront part 2

What can I say, the Waterfront stamp set is so much fun! This time I wanted to make a card that was a little more effort and create a scenery that you could see yourself in.

The card base is in Tranquil Tide, measures 8 ½” x 5 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”, the base layer is from the Wood Textures DSP Stack, cut at 5 ¼” x 4”, and the next layer is in Whisper White cardstock, cut at 5” x 3 ¾”. I first started by stamping the sun image in So Saffron ink and then sponged the sky using Soft Sky ink. I stamped the mountain image in Sahara Sand ink once on each end, and then stamped it again in the middle using Crumb Cake ink, giving it some dimension. For the grass, I first sponged on Lemon-Lime Twist ink and then used the long, thin stamp in Pear Pizzazz in front of the mountains to look like shading. For the water, I sponged Pool Party ink along the bottom and then only inked the top part of biggest shading stamp with Tranquil Tide ink to make it seem like the reflection of the mountains on the water is making the water darker. The cloud images were stamped in VersMark ink and then heat embossed in White Embossing Powder. Then I stamped the palm trees in Crumb Cake and Pear Pizzazz inks.

Before adhering all the layers together, I gave it one last look and felt like I need to add a little something else, so I used some Linen Thread, wrapping around twice, and tying it in a small bow.

The inside sentiment is from the Amazing You stamp set, stamped in Pool Party and Sahara Sand ink. I also wanted to tie in the front and inside of the card, so I lightly sponged some Sahara Sand ink along the bottom, using the long thin stamp in Sahara Sand ink, and then stamped the palm trees in Crumb Cake and Pear Pizzazz inks.

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We make a great pear

With all the snow we have been having here in Coastal Virginia, I’m ready for Spring! What better way than to get out of a cold winter funk than to create a fun, spring-like card and the Tutti-Frutti Suite is perfect! If you are looking for a complete and coordinating suite, this is for you and it even has coordinating Stampin’ Spots to take your project on the go!

For this card, the card base is in Crumb Cake cardstock cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”, the base layer is in Lemon-Lime Twist cardstock cut at 5 ¼” X 4”, and the next layer is in Whisper White cardstock cut at 5” x 3 ¾”.

To make the scenery on the Whisper White cardstock, I first started with Stampin’ Sponges and used Soft Sky ink for the sky and Lemon-Lime Twist ink for the grass. I used the tree, leaves, and grass stamps from Sheltering Tree, stamped the tree in Soft Suede ink, stamped the leaves in Lemon-Lime Twist ink and used Sponge Daubers to sponge Garden Green Ink around the outer leaves, and stamped the grass in Garden Green ink. I made the basket from a piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, stamped the basket image in VersaMark ink, and then heat embossed using Clear Embossing Powder, fussy cutting it out. The pineapple was stamped in Daffodil Delight and Garden Green inks, the pear was stamped in Lemon-Lime Twist and Soft Sued inks, and the strawberry and watermelon were stamped in Real Red and Garden Green inks, punching them out with the coordinating Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack. I arranged the fruit in the basket and adhered them with Mini Glue Dots, adhered the basket, used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals for the pineapples on the sdies, and made a small bow with the Whisper White Solid Bakers Twine, adhering with liquid glue. I wanted to give the tree a little more pop, so I used some of the Berry Burst Tutti-frutti Adhesive Backed Sequins. The sentiment is on a ½” scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamped in Lemon-Lime Twist ink, and used the Banner Triple Punch on the end. I felt the Lemon-Lime Twist layer needed some texture, so I used the Simple Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and you can see it just peeking out underneath. I adhered all the layers together with Fast Fuse and then popped the sentiment on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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