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! 

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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All My Love-Anniversary Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Forever Lovely Bundle and All My Love Designer Series Paper from the 2019 Occasions Catalog! I was first introduced to the stamp set and dies in Orlando this last November, but until I actually had this set in front of me, I didn’t realize how creative you can be with it! I started out making this card with an anniversary theme in mind, however, the final card is not what I started out with making, lol! But, that’s the life of a crafter and just because what you start out making doesn’t go right, you try again! Have you ever been so excited about a set that you have all these ideas in your mind, but they don’t quite turn out how you envisioned them? When this happens to me, I simply set the unused pieces aside, move on to something else, and then come back at a later date to try again.

For this card, I used Soft Sea Foam for the card base to keep the theme light and bright. Soft Seam Foam is one of the new colors from the Color Revamp I was sooo excited about and just knew I was going to use the heck out of this color, but sadly no. So, when I saw that this was one of the coordinating colors for the All My Love DSP, I was excited to have another DSP to coordinate Soft Sea Foam with!

The card base measures 4 ¼” x 11” and is scored at 5 ½”:

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

The additional items you will need for the card front is the sentiment from the Forever Lovely stamp set stamped in Soft Sea Foam ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut out with the second largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits, a piece of the Whisper White Flax Ribbon cut at 4 ¼”, the leaves are cut out of Soft Sea Foam cardstock with the Lovely Flowers Edgelits Dies, the scalloped circle is the third largest from the Layering Circles Framelits from the Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets, and the flowers are from the framelits as well in Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets with a Pearl Basic Jewel in the middle:

To assemble the sentiment, adhere the layered circles together, apply a little bit of adhesive to the back of the circles to adhere the leaves, and then use a glue dot to adhere the foil flower:

Next, adhere the Flax Ribbon across the DSP using Tear & Tape:

The sentiment is adhered with dimensionals and the remaining three flowers are adhered with glue dots:

The base layer is then adhered to the card base:

The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, I first stamped the small hearts in Lovely Lipstick ink, then I adhered the flower piece (that was stamped on Whisper White cardstock with the two-step flower stamp in Lovely Lipstick and Soft Sea Foam ink, used the edgelit to cut the top, and then fussy cut the bottom), and the sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings in Lovely Lipstick ink:

The inside flower piece was actually what I first started creating for this card and when it didn’t work out, I used it on the inside! If you are looking for a versatile stamp that is good not just for Valentine’s Day, but wedding, anniversary, and even birthday, then you should give this set a second thought! I was originally going to order the Meant To Be Bundle because I really wanted the heart framelits (so sad when the Sweet & Sassy Framelits retired!), but then I looked at what I could use the most and ordered the Forever Lovely Bundle instead. Yes, I still ordered the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies because they are simply adorable!!

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!

Today’s Colors

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