We improve with wine!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is featuring the Half Full stamp set! This stamp set was first featured in the 2017 Holiday Catalog and I just had to get it! This is such a fun and versatile set that you can use not just for Christmas, but just about any occasion! I’m so happy to see that this will be carried over into the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog because it never fails that sets I think are super cute and should carry over, actually end up on the retirement list.

I wanted to challenge myself when I decided on the Half Full stamp set to use some colors that I would not normally use and are on the retirement list, so I decided to use the Perfect Plum and Rose Red combo. I don’t know about you, but with the color revamp and the retirement list out, I’m definitely on the lookout for ways to use up these items so I can make room for the new!!

The card base is Perfect Plum cardstock cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is Champagne Foil Sheet, cut at 2 ¼” x 4 ¼” and embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF:

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The next layer is Rose Red cardstock cut out with the 2ndlargest Lots of Labels Framelits:

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The sentiment is stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, and Perfect Plum Stampin’ Write Markers, then cut out with the 3rdlargest square from the Layering Squares Framelits:

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I used an Aqua Painter to color in the leaves with Pear Pizzazz ink and the grapes with Perfect Plum ink. The wine glass is stamped in Memento Ink on Whisper White cardstock, colored in Rose Red ink using an Aqua Painter, and cut out:

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I stamped the wine bottle image on the card base using Perfect Plum ink:

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To put the card together, adhere the embossed foil sheet to the card base, adhere the sentiment on top of the Rose Red piece cut out with Lots of Labels Framelits, and then adhere with dimensionals on top of the embossed foil sheet:

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I used glue dots to adhere the wine glass on the side and then got out some retired white organdy ribbon, but you can substitute that for Whisper White Organza Ribbon or Whisper White Sheer Ribbon, both are currently available from my online store:

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The inside sentiment is stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, in Perfect Plum ink and the wine glasses along the bottom are stamped in Memento Ink, colored in with Rose Red and Perfect Plum Stampin’ Write Markers:

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I really enjoyed making this card and challenging myself to use colors I wouldn’t typically use. Be sure to join me tomorrow as I will be making another creation from the Half Full stamp set and again challenging myself to use up some of this retiring product!!

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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Sweet as can be!

Today I’m sharing another creation from the Moon Baby and Dare to Dream stamp sets! This is really the first time I’ve used Dare to Dream, which is a hostess set from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, considering it’s been sitting on my shelf since I won it at OnStage last April!

I first started with a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼” and again at 2 1/8”:

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After folding the front panel pieces, I used the “hot air balloon” from Dare to Dream and stamped in Melon Mambo ink:

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On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the “baby with the umbrella” in Black Archival ink. The Designer Series Paper used is from Painted with Love, cut out with the largest scalloped Layering Squares Framelits, and the baby is cut out with the 2nd largest square framelit:

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Then color in the umbrella with Melon Mambo Stampin Write Marker, the baby’s pajamas with the Powder Pink Stampin’ Write Marker, the baby’s hands and face are colored in with Ivory Stampin’ Blends, and the hair with Bronze Stampin’ Write Marker. This is then adhered to the scalloped square piece of DSP:

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The inside is a piece of 1 ½” x 5 ½” DSP and a piece of 2 5/8” x 5 ½” Whisper White cardstock. I used Multipurpose Glue on these pieces to give me a chance to set them on the inside. The sentiment is from Dare to Dream, stamped in Melon Mambo ink, and added some stars in Powder Pink ink. I used adhesive on the left side of the layering square piece, centering in the middle:

With the different colors on this DSP, you could change to Powder Pink or even Rich Razzleberry! I love this super cute card, what do you think?

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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Myths & Magic Suite

Hello and welcome to a new week and a new suite! This week I am (finally!) getting creative with the Myths & Magic Suite from the 2018 Occasions Catalog. When I first saw this suite in the catalog, I just loved it! I could see all the possibilities with this and not just for little kids, which brings us to today’s card, a Double Z Fold card for my daughter-in-law’s birthday. What do you think?

The base for this card is in Thick Whisper White card stock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½” and 2 ¾”. The base layers are from the Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper, one piece cut at 4 x 5 ¼” and then two pieces cut at 4” x 2 ½”. The dragon, fire, wizard, knight, unicorn, and princess are all stamped in Memento Ink, colored in with Stampin’ Blends, and cut out with the coordinating Magical Mates Framelits Dies, the princess is really the mermaid with the tail snipped off to fit.

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The castle is made with Smokey Slate card stock, cut at 5 ¼” x 3”, run thru the Big Shot with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and then sponge Basic Gray ink with a Sponge Dauber to give the brick wall depth. The Classic Label Punch and the Layering Squares Framelits were used to create the top of the castle and the door was created from the Wood Textures DSP with the Layering Ovals Framelits, a Black Rhinestone Jewels for the doorknobs. The leaves and stars are cut out from the Myths & Magic 6” x 6” Glimmer Paper with the coordinating framelits and the crystal ball is a Clear Faceted Gem. The sentiment is stamped in coordinating colors using the Stampin’ Write Markers on a piece of Whisper White card stock with each end cut with the Banner Triple Punch.

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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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Spotlight technique with Waterfront

In case you missed it, this week I am featuring the Waterfront stamp set, which is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog on page 48. Today I thought I would try the Spotlight Technique with this stamp set and as a bonus you get two cards! Making two sceneries almost exactly the same is actually quite easy. I first started by stamping the scenery in gray and then stamped the other in color, the mountains are what I used as a base line to start.

The card base is in Marina Mist card stock cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”, the base layer is the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, cut at 5 ¼” x 4”, and the scenery is stamped on Whisper White card stock cut at 5” x 3 ¾”. Be sure to have a scrap piece of paper for stamping off as you go.

The first scenery I started with the mountains, first stamping in Basic Gray ink and then stamping in Smoky Slate so the front is darker than the back mountains. Next, stamp the grass in Smoky Slate ink, stamping off first. The water, house, and clouds were both stamped in Basic Gray ink, stamping off first. Finally, I stamped the speckled stamp in Basic Gray ink.fullsizeoutput_154f

To stamp the same scenery in color, first place both pieces of the Whisper White card stock next to each other so they line up, then stamp the mountains in Crumb Cake ink so it goes straight across and then stamp the background mountains in Sahara Sand ink. The grass is stamped in Pear Pizzazz, stamping off first, the water and clouds are both stamped in Marina Mist ink, a combination of direct stamping and stamping off, and then the speckled and house stamps are in Dapper Denim ink.

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To make this a spotlight technique, I used the 4th and 5th largest square framelits (starting from the smallest) from the Layering Square Framelits. The smaller square is used to cut out the scenery and then the larger is used to cut out in Marina Mist card stock, adhere these together. The sentiment is stamped in Marina Mist ink on a ½” piece of Whisper White card stock with the end trimmed using the Banner triple punch.

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To put the card together, adhere the Wood Textures DSP to the card base, adhere the scenery on top, use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the square layers, and then use a Mini Dimensional on the end of the sentiment.

I have to say this was a fun technique to try and a great way to make two cards at once! What stamp set would you use for this technique?

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

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