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!!

Wondering what specials are going on?? Current specials are listed to the right!!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

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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Get more use from the Tags & Tidings Bundle!

Hello and welcome to today’s cards, which features the Tags & Tidings Bundle! Every year I like to make Christmas tags and I also like to send a batch of tags to family, because who wouldn’t like to use a homemade tag on a gift?? My first thought is that this bundle will make it so much easier to make Christmas tags, there’s one stamp and one thinlit die to cut out the 16 images, and then I can use punches, dies, and even retired DSP to create super cute tags! Then I thought, what if I procrastinated, didn’t have time to place my order, was on a tight budget, or even was limiting myself to one Christmas Bundle?  Which would I choose that was versatile and unique? The Tags & Tidings Bundle is a great choice! So today, I am going to show you how I made 6 cards from this bundle.

To start, cut 3 sheets of Shaded Spruce cardstock cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”, for a total of 6 card bases:

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The base layer is Real Red cardstock, which I used two sheets to cut the 6 pieces at 4” x 5 ¼”. I then stamped this in Memento Ink and I highly suggest using your Stamparatus because this is a Photopolymer stamp and I had to stamp it a couple of times because some of the thicker lines didn’t pick up the ink completely the first time:

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I used a piece of 4” x 5 ½” Whisper White cardstock to stamp the image again in Memento Ink. I then colored in various images using Dark Real Red, Dark Shaded Spruce, Light Pool Party, Dark Pineapple Punch, and Light Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends. The images where then cut out using the Christmas Tags Thinlits Dies:

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I wanted to make half of the cards with Silver and the other half with Gold accents, so I used Gold and Silver Glimmer Paper to layer the tags on:

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The first set of tags I used the 1 1/8” 1 3/8” Scallop Circle Punches. The second set I used the Classic Label Punch, I just cut a piece of glimmer paper slightly larger than the tag for the other two, and then used the Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners on one. The third set I used the Banner Triple Punch. For the fourth set I used the Tailored Tag Punch, one just layered on the punched glimmer paper, one I used it to cut the corners to match the tag, and then for the other two, I punched out the glimmer paper, adhered the tag, and then just snipped the sides:

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For these two cards, I used the gold layered tags, adhered some Gold Metallic Thread to the back of two, and used some Gold Metallic Pearls. These are adhered to the base layer with dimensionals:
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These next two cards use the silver layered tags, Silver Metallic thread adhered to the back to two, and use Silver Metallic Pearls:

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These last two cards only have two tags instead of three, but you will still use the Metallic Thread and Pearls for accents:

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The inside of all six use stamps from Snowflake Sentiments, stamped in Real Red and Shaded Spruce inks:

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Once I figured out the best way to layer some of the tags, this was pretty easy to make. It is even possible to make 8 cards from this if you only use silver or gold (not both) to layer the tags or make 16 just using one tag on the card front. Another idea since this is a photopolymer stamp and pliable, is you can use one of the tags to create the background and then create a big tag for the front. A lot of possibilities for this bundle!

Wondering what specials are going on?? Current specials are listed to the right!!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

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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