Bright and cheerful with Country Home

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a bright and cheerful card made with the Country Home stamp set! I will admit this stamp set has been sitting on my shelf neglected since making my Thanksgiving cards. So, when I brought out my pack of Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper and chose at random a piece to make a card with, I thought this would be perfect! Then layer this on a piece of cardstock embossed with the Tin Tile DTIEF, you give the stamp and embossing folder a whole new look!

I first started with this design from the Garden Impressions 6” x 6” DSP, first cutting a 1 ½” strip off one end and then cutting this in half at ¾”. Then turn the DSP so 6” side is at the top and cut at 3”. This will give you two 3” x 4 ½” and two ¾” pieces, which you can make two cards from cutting the DSP this way, and this is my absolute favorite way to cut 6” x 6” DSP:

I cut a piece of Mango Melody cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” and embossed it with the Tin Tile DTIEF for the base layer:

For the rest of the card front, you will need enough Braided Linen Trim to tie into a bow and the tin can stamp. This is stamped in Memento ink on a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock and colored in with Stampin’ Blends. I first colored around the edge of the can in Dark Night of Navy and then colored the handles in Light Night of Navy and blended this in with the outline towards the middle of the can. Next, I colored in the middle of the can with Light Mango Melody and then blended Light and Dark Balmy Blue around the edge of the Mango Melody and Night of Navy. Then to give this a lighter and weathered look, I used the brush tip of the Color Lifter over the Mango Melody and Balmy Blue inks. The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White cardstock, fussy cut out, colored with Light Smoky Slate, used the brush tip of the Color Lifter, and then adhered to the can. This is then cut out with the second smallest Stitched Rectangle Framelit. TIP-using Thick Whisper White with multiple Stampin’ Blends helps prevent the colors from bleeding outside the stamp image and also making sure the cardstock dries inbetween coloring, which you can use your Heat Tool to help with this:

Adhere the DSP to the embossed base layer, tie the Braided Linen Trim into a bow around this piece, and then adhere the stamped piece with dimensionals. This completed piece is then adhered to a Night of Navy cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The inside sentiment is on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” in Night of Navy ink and the ¾” piece of DSP is adhered along the bottom, trimming off the excess:

I love how Night of Navy and Mango Melody really make the colors pop on this card! The Country Home stamp set really has some great sentiments and this is a great way to repurpose a holiday stamp set! So get out those sets and see what you can create with them!!

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Birthday card with Sea of Textures

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun birthday card created with the Sea of Textures bundle and the Tranquil Textures DSP! Who wouldn’t love a birthday card with an ocean theme? This fun card not only has lots of textures, but a little bit of shimmer too! I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for warmer weather and spending time at the beach!

To start, the base layer is this design from Tranquil Textures DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

To create the frame, use a piece of Night of Navy cardstock cut at 3 ¾” x 5” and use the 2ndand 3rdlargest Rectangle Stitched Framelits:

For the front of the card, use the net and the two sand dollar dies on some Sahara Sand cardstock, first creating the shimmer with Frost White Shimmer Paint (either apply with a sponge or a spritzer mixed with alcohol and a few drops of paint) and keep the stars for the card front, cut the seagrass in Tranquil Tide and Soft Sea Foam cardstock, cut a piece of Vellum cardstock a 1” x 3 3/8” and stamp the seaweed stamp in Tranquil Tide ink (I used my snips to cut along the seaweed), use both coral dies to cut out of Vellum cardstock and then use your Stamparatus to line up the stamp (out of the vellum cut-out) to stamp in Calypso Coral ink, and then use Sponge Daubers to ink the octopus in Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, and Soft Suede inks, cutting out of the Whisper White cardstock with the coordinating die. **TIP-I used my Stamparatus for the octopus, this way if I wanted to add more ink and stamp again it is already lined up:

For the inside, you will use the two sand dollars and the coral cut out of the Vellum cardstock:

You will flip the frame over (the back is facing you) and use the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the seaweed and seagrass to the back of the frame:

Flip the frame back over (so the front is facing you), use the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the stamped coral image and the two stars:

I wanted the net in the corner, so I positioned it to where I wanted and then folded the overlapping ends over, used my snips to trim at the fold, and then adhered with Snail (I used my Paper Piercer to remove any adhesive in the net openings):

To adhere the frame to the base layer, I used foam strips to “pop it up”:

I used dimensionals to adhere the octopus in the middle and then this completed piece is adhered to a Tranquil Tide cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock, the sentiment from Special Celebrations is stamped in Tranquil Tide ink, the two sand dollars are adhered with glue dots, and the vellum coral piece is adhered with the Fine Tip Glue Pen:

Wasn’t that a fun card to make? If you wanted to make this into a shaker card, you could easily adhere a cut Window Sheet to the back of the frame before the cardstock and vellum pieces, use the foam strips completely around, and then add some Tranquil Textures Sprinkles!

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Create a “weathered wood” background for Beach Happy!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Beach Happy stamp set with a “weathered wood” background created with the Crackle Paint background stamp, Pinewood Planks DTIEF, sponging, and some distressing. Creating this background piece was really an experiment that I’ve been wanting to try with the Crackle Paint stamp and Pinewood Planks embossing folder, I thought that combing the two would give the background just a little bit more depth than just embossing the cardstock. This was very easy to create and I thought pairing it with the Beach Happy stamp set would be perfect!

This piece is going to be the base layer for the card, which you will start with a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Very Vanilla cardstock and stamp the Crackle Paint stamp in Gray Granite ink:

The next step you will emboss the cardstock with the Pinewood Planks DTIEF and then sponge Soft Sea Foam, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, and Gray Granite inks until you achieve the desired coloring:

I then used my scissors (one of the blades) to distress each side of the cardstock and then sponged more Gray Granite ink on each side:

For the palm tree image, I first cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the third smallest Rectangle Stitched Framelits. Starting at the bottom, I sponged Sahara Sand ink, then Pool Party ink, and then Balmy Blue ink. I then stamped the palm tree in Garden Green and Crumb Cake inks:

You will need the palm tree image, a 4” piece of Burlap Ribbon (I “pulled” at the ends to give it a worn look), and then stamp the sentiment in Mango Melody ink on a piece of Pineapple Punch cardstock, punching out with the 1 1/8” Scallop Punch:

Use Tear & Tape to adhere the Burlap Ribbon to the base layer, use a small amount of Snail in the corner to adhere the sentiment to the palm tree piece, and then use dimensionals to adhere to the base layer:

This is then adhered to a Crumb Cake cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, use a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, sponge Sahara Sand and Coastal Cabana ink in the bottom left corner (made to look like sand and water), and then stamp the palm tree in Crumb Cake and Garden Green inks:

How fun was that?? With all this crazy winter weather going on, I’m sure there is someone you could send this to and warm their heart!! Lol I left out an inside sentiment so this could be ready for any occasion!

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Fun birthday card with Gingham Gala DSP

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun birthday card made with the leftover strips of Gingham Gala DSP from Monday’s blog post! If you missed it, you can see it here. Since each strip of DSP is ¾” x 6” that made it very easy to use them to create this card front, which I layered on a piece of embossed cardstock.

I first lined up the DSP in the order that I wanted the colors to go and then trimmed ¼”, ½”, ¾”, 1”, and 1 ¼” off each color:

Each end was then cut with the Banner Triple Punch and adhered to a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Night of Navy Cardstock that is embossed with the Subtle DTIEF. The total width of the DSP strips is 3 ¾”, which allows you to leave a space on each end:

For the rest of the card front, I stamped the sentiment from the Amazing Life stamp set in Night of Navy ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the 3rdsmallest Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies. Use a piece of Silver Foil Sheet to cut out the balloons with the Balloon Bouquet Punch, tie a piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine on the small balloon and Night of Navy Medium Baker’s Twine on the big balloon, and then adhere with dimensionals. I added three of the Twinkle Adhesive Backed Sequin Stars for some extra bling:

This piece is then adhered with dimensionals to a 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”, Night of Navy cardstock card base:

The inside sentiment from Amazing Life is stamped in Night of Navy ink, the cake and accent stamp is stamped in Balmy Blue ink, and the candle is colored in with a Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker:

What a quick and easy card to make with those leftover scraps! It is so easy to make this an any occasion card, just change up the sentiment!

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A different kind of Valentine’s Day card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is an alternative card made for Valentine’s Day! While I’ve made several Valentine’s cards to inspire you from the Occasion’s Catalog, I thought my final card this week would be something “outside the box”! Whether hearts and flowers are not really your thing or maybe you only make one card for Valentine’s Day, I put on my “creative cap” to find a set from the current Annual Catalog. I first thought about Animal Outing, which would be perfect since this month’s Paper Pumpkin coordinates with Animal Outing, but then I thought about Little Twinkle and thought the sentiment would be perfect! Add a little heat embossing, Rose Glimmer Paper, and Petal Pink Rhinestone Gems…you get a super cute Valentine’s Day card! 

The DSP used for this card is from the Twinkle Twinkle DSP, the base layer is 4” x 5 ¼” and the next layer is 3 ½” x 4 ¾”:

For the card front, you will need two of the largest Petal Pink Rhinestone Gems (hexagon shape), another piece of the DSP big enough to heat emboss the sentiment in Silver Emboss Powder and cut out with the 3rdsmallest Rectangle Stitched Framelits, and use the Twinkle Builder Punch for the moon, two of each size stars, and one dot from Rose Glimmer Paper:

To assemble the card front, layer and adhere the two pieces of DSP together, adhere the moon to the sentiment, use the Take Your Pick Tool to help pick up and adhere the stars and dot with the Fine Tip Glue Pen, and then place the gems. This is then adhered to the card base, which is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, I used a sponge dauber with Night of Navy ink to sponge the moon with a mask I created from old cardstock and the punch and then heat embossed the stars and dot stamp in Silver Emboss Powder. **If you have the Spooky Sweets stamp set, you can always use the moon from that instead of masking**:

Isn’t this a great card?? You can easily use the Twinkle Twinkle Suite to create your cards, just change up the colors used! Have a retired heart punch or die set? Substitute the stars for hearts!

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Lasting Lily and what I learned for the best stamped image

Hello and welcome to today’s blog, which is some tips and tricks I learned experimenting with the stamp set Lasting Lily. This set can be found in the 2019 Sale-A-Bration mini catalog, which you can earn for FREE with a qualifying $100 product purchase. What really caught my attention, are the beautiful sentiments and I thought it would pair wonderfully with the Kindness & Compassion stamp set from the Annual Catalog. Lasting Lily is not only a 2-Step stamp set, but it is also Distinktive. What is Distinktive? It is when the stamp lays down the ink at different opacities giving the finished image more depth. My first (and until now only) Distinktive stamp was Heartfelt Blooms from last year’s SAB catalog. That stamp was a red rubber stamp and Lasting Lily is a photopolymer, which they stamp differently. So, when I sat down to experiment with different colors with Lasting Lily, imagine my surprise when the stamped image looked not quite right…

I pre-cut Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock to 4” x 5 ¼” to have plenty on hand, especially for the inside sentiments. This is a great way to experiment with stamps if you are seeing how the final image looks or are trying to figure the best color to use. I thought that Petal Pink or Blushing Bride would be good colors to start with and I did not like the stamped image, wasn’t very Distinktive as the image from the case insert for the set. Fast forward after experimenting with a variety of variables, the bottom line is that if your ink pad has too much ink, you will not get the best stamped image.

What do you mean too much ink and how does that even happen?? 

It can happen one of two ways: either it comes to you with too much ink or you use your ink refill and apply too much. I’ve had both happen.

How can I “remove” or “take up” this excess ink?? 

There are three ways that I can suggest:

1. Use the back of a spoon and using a “sweeping motion”, push the ink down on the pad:

2. I use these blue shop towels for cleaning (better than paper towels and leaves little to no residue) and you place this on top of the ink pad and gently press down to absorb some of the excess ink:

3. If you have an ink pad that is really inked up, take a couple pieces of printer paper, fold it in half, and lay that on top of the ink pad and gently press down so the paper can absorb the excess ink:

Repeat any of these steps as necessary. One way to really tell that you have too much ink without even stamping on a piece of cardstock, is the stamp itself. If you see any bubbling on the inked image, then you will not have a clean and precise image that you desire, you can see that in the stamped images above. This is totally my opinion and what I found worked for me, you may find other results. I know that it is suggest that with photopolymer stamps to use a Stampin’ Pierce Mat underneath your cardstock, but I didn’t find any additional help in this case and I also already have a mat that I use under my grid paper for stamping. I hope this helps you, if you too run into the same issues I had. This is a beautiful stamp set and I hope you have fun making lots of wonderful cards!

Here is a quick tutorial for the card that I made with this set:

The card base is Mossy Meadow cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”. I used the embossing thinlit from the Stitched Labels Framelits on the upper left and lower right corners:

The stems and leaf are stamped in Mossy Meadow ink and the lilies are stamped in Mango Melody ink on Whisper White cardstock. This is then cut out with the 3rdlargest Rectangle Stitched Framelit Die, which measures 3 1/8” x 4 ½”. I tied a piece of the Braided Linen Trim into a bow across the bottom and then layered this on a piece of 3 ¼” x 4 5/8” piece of Wood Textures DSP:

This is then adhered to the card base with dimensionals:

Quick and easy card to make for any occasion!

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