The new Beads & Baubles Embossing Folder!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new Beads & Baubles Embossing Folder and the Floral Essence stamp set! I recently did a little reorganizing of my cardstock to see what I have on hand and what I may need to consider ordering and well, I discovered that I really don’t use the Brights very often. Not that it’s intentional, I think it really because I use whatever coordinates with the DSP I have. So, I decided that I would create a “brights card”, but where to start? The inspiration actually came from the Glitter Enamel Dots of all things! These come in Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo, and Gorgeous Grape, so I used three of the colors for this card and I am very pleased at how it turned out!

The base layer is Coastal Cabana cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and is embossed with the Beads & Baubles Embossing Folder:

For the rest of the card front, you will cut a piece of Granny Apple Green cardstock at 1 ¼” x 5 ¼” and emboss with the Subtle EF, stamp the flower in Gorgeous Grape ink on Whisper White cardstock three times and fussy cut out, stamp the leaf in Granny Apple Green ink on Whisper White cardstock twice and punch out with the Leaf Punch, and stamp the sentiment in Granny Apple Green ink on Whisper White cardstock, cutting out with the second smallest rectangle from the Rectangle Stitched Framelits:

The embossed cardstock strip is adhered to the embossed base layer and then the sentiment is adhered:

Two of the flowers are adhered to the embossed cardstock strip, the leaves are adhered behind the third flower, which is adhered with dimensionals, I used the largest Coastal Cabana Enamel Dot in the center of each flower, and then this completed piece is adhered to a Gorgeous Grape cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

The inside is a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock, the sentiment is stamped in Granny Apple Green ink, the flower is in Gorgeous Grape ink, and the flower center is in Coastal Cabana ink:

Just goes to show you that color inspiration can come from ANYWHERE! Lol We all have “those colors” that we may not really gravitate to for cardmaking, which ones are yours?? Challenge yourself to make a card with those colors and see what you can come up with!! 

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Simple Special Celebrations Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which featuring the Special Celebrations stamp set! Whether you are making a card for an upcoming wedding, or even an anniversary, this quick and easy card will surely mean the world to the recipient! I chose to pair this stamp set with All My Love DSP and Be Mine Stitched Shapes Framelits to show you not only how to use up your DSP, but also to combine products you may not have thought about!

For the card front, start with Lovely Lipstick cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, this design from All My Love DSP, cut at 3 ¾” x 5”, and Vellum cardstock, cut at 3 ½” x 4 ¾”:

You will also use about 4 ¼” of the Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon, this heart die cut out of Lovely Lipstick cardstock, and a ¾” piece of Whisper White cardstock, the sentiment heat embossed in silver, and then the ends punched with the Banner Triple Punch:

To assemble the card front, I first positioned the Vellum cardstock on the DSP, used blocks to keep in place, and then placed some adhesive in the middle of the ribbon to adhere to the Vellum cardstock:

I then used some liquid glue (or you can use snail) on the back of the Vellum cardstock behind the ribbon, place on the DSP, and then adhere the ends of the ribbon to the back of the DSP:

I then used liquid glue (or if you have the adhesive sheets, place that on the back of the cardstock before cutting with the die) to adhere the die cut heart on top of the ribbon and DSP, place mini dimensionals at the end of the sentiment (this will also help secure the die cut heart to the vellum), and then adhere this completed piece to the Lovely Lipstick cardstock base layer:

This completed card front will be adhered to a Whisper White cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, I cut another piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3 ¾” x 5” to layer on top, and then heat embossed the sentiment in silver embossing powder. I decided to use the rose die from the set in Lovely Lipstick cardstock and adhered to the bottom corner:

Stunning but easy card to make! You can easily change this DSP up or even “create your own” DSP using the Forever Lovely stamp set to customize your colors! All the products used for this card are carrying over to the new catalog, EXCEPT the All My Love DSP, this is on the retirement list and is only available while supplies last.

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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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Soft and Subtle with Abstract Impressions

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a soft and subtle birthday card using the Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies! The Fall weather is finally sticking around here in Coastal Virginia, but I thought I’d change things up and create a fun and easy birthday card using soft and subtle colors. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make, so I sat down with my pack of Brights 6” x 6” Designer Series Paper, decided on Coastal Cabana, and then set out to figure out what colors would coordinate with Coastal Cabana, choosing Petal Pink and So Saffron. Now that I had my color combo, I thought that the butterfly and flower thinlits from the Springtime Impressions Thinlit Dies would work perfectly to create this birthday card!

The card base is So Saffron cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is Petal Pink cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and embossed using the Tufted Dynamic TIEF:

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The next layer is this Coastal Cabana design from the Brights 6” x 6” DSP, cut to 3” x 3”:

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For the front elements, I used a piece of Champagne Foil Sheet to cut the butterfly, used the flower thinlit to cut a flower from Petal Pink, So Saffron, and Coastal Cabana cardstock, and stamped the sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday in So Saffron ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and punched out with the Classic Label Punch:

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To assemble the front, adhere the 3” x 3” DSP to the embossed cardstock and adhere the foil butterfly with mini dimensionals:

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Adhere the flowers with the Fine Tip Glue Pen, add a Clear Rhinestone Jewel to the middle (I used the 4mm), and then adhere the sentiment with mini dimensionals:

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This piece is then adhered to the card base with dimensionals:

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For the inside, I chose the sentiment from the Special Celebrations stamp set in So Saffron ink on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock. The flowers in the corner are from the Abstract Impressions stamp set, that I sponged So Saffron on the first step of the flower and then sponged Petal Pink and Coastal Cabana ink on the second step of the flower with Sponge Daubers. I chose to sponge the color onto the stamp instead of stamping directly onto the stamp pad because I felt sponging gave it a much softer look:

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Here are the multiples I made, one of them I cut out the butterfly in Black Foil just to see what that would look like versus the foil. Which one do you like??

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

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Filled with Love

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is featuring the Animal Expedition Suite! With the new Watercolor Pencils that are available now through August 31st(while supplies last), I was able to use the Crushed Curry pencil from this set to help color in these super cute giraffes!! The sentiments are from the Special Celebrations stamp set, which is a great set to have for many different occasions.

To make this card, start with the card base in Thick Whisper White cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is Crushed Curry cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and embossed with the Climbing Vines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder:

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The giraffe stamp from Animal Outing stamp set is stamped on Watercolor Paper in Stazon Ink. They are then colored in with the Crushed Curry and Early Espresso Watercolor Pencils and blended with an Aqua Painter. After the paper dries, they are cut out with the coordinating die from the Animal Friends Thinlits Dies:

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I cut a piece of this Designer Series Paper from Animal Expedition DSP to 1 ½” x 4”. I used the leaf die from Animal Friends to cut out 5 pieces in Call Me Clover cardstock and 2 additional leaves in Vellum cardstock with the Leaf Punch. The sentiment is on Whisper White cardstock in Call Me Clover ink and punched out with the Tailored Tag Punch. I cut an 8” piece of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and folded in half:

I used liquid glue to adhere the giraffes to the DSP, so this will give me some room to move them before it sets:

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I placed some Snail on the back of the DSP to help adhere a couple of the Call Me Clover and Vellum leaves to the back and then used liquid glue on the rest:

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A small amount of Snail is used on the front for the Tulle Ribbon and then the sentiment is attached using dimensionals. I used my Silicon Craft Sheet underneath while putting this together so the DSP would not stick to my grid paper:

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The giraffe piece is then adhered to the embossed base layer and then this is adhered to the card base:

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The inside sentiment is stamped in Call Me Clover ink and then I used the Call Me Clover Stampin’ Write Marker to color only part of the leaf stamp:

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Isn’t this a fun and cute card?? With all the new Watercolor Pencil colors, this will make choosing your colors easy!

The 2018 Holiday Catalog will be live September 5th, so if you would like a complimentary copy please contact me for more details!!

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

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!

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Sending smiles

Hello and welcome to today’s card, featuring the Animal Friends Thinlits Dies and the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper! Not only is this a fun and easy card to make, but a great way to create a background using the giraffe print embossing die! Another way to use this die is with the Big Shot Embossing Mats and create a textured background instead of cutting like I used for this card. If you have not checked out these embossing mats, it’s a total game changer for the way you can use some of the Big Shot Dies, and a great addition to your crafting!!

The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is Pool Party cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and I used the giraffe embossing die from the Animal Friends Thinlits Dies to cut the paper around the edges to create the background:

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The next layer is Crumb Cake cardstock, cut at 3 ¼” x 4 ½”:

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The final layer is from the Animal Expedition DSP, cut at 3” x 4 ¼:

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To create the sentiment from the Lift Me Up stamp set, first cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 1” x 3” and then a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock 1 ¼” x 3 ¼”. I used Pool Party and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Markers to stamp the sentiment, used the Banner Triple Punch on the ends, and then adhered together:

Adhere the four layers of the card front together, I first adhered the Pool Party base layer to the Crumb Cake card base, adhered the DSP to the Crumb Cake layer, and then adhered to the card base:

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To complete the card front, I placed some Snail on the back of the sentiment to secure some Silver Metallic Thread, adhered to the card with dimensionals, and then placed some Silver Metallic Pearls randomly:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, using the sentiment from the Special Celebrations stamp set in Crumb Cake ink and the accent stamp from the Animal Outing Stamp Set in Pool Party ink, and then cutting a piece of the DSP to ½” x 4” and adhered along the bottom:

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I really like how the Pool Party layer turned out using the giraffe embossing die, I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out when I first started creating it! Another alternative idea, is that you could change the sentiment to “welcome” and “little one” from the Animal Outing stamp set.

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!

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, or joining my team!

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Life is a Beautiful Thing

Hello and welcome to today’s card, featuring another faux Stained-Glass technique! To create this version, I used the butterfly from the Springtime Impression Thinlits Dies, Watercolor Pencils, Watercolor Paper, and Champagne Foil Sheets!

I first started with a piece of Watercolor Paper, cut down to fit the butterfly die (3” x 4”), and then embossed using the Big Shot Embossing Mats:

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I next colored the wings using Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, and Rich Razzleberry Watercolor Pencils and used the medium tip Aqua Painter to blend the colors:

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I heat embossed Clear Embossing Powder two times over the image. This is achieved by pressing the VersaMark pad directly to the paper, sprinkling Clear Embossing Powder, and then using the Heat Tool:

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Cut a piece of the Champagne Foil Sheet and Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to 3” x 4”, adhere the adhesive sheet to the back of the foil sheet, and then run the butterfly die through the Big Shot (no messy glue to adhere to the Watercolor Paper):

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Cut out the butterfly outline from the Watercolor Paper, remove the adhesive backing from the foil butterfly, and then lay over the embossed butterfly:

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Here is a close-up of the butterfly:

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The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock, but at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is from the Petal Promenade DSP, cut at 4” x 5”:

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The sentiment is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set, heat embossed in “Champagne” Embossing Powder (this is made combining Gold and Silver Embossing Powders):

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The card front is completed by adhering the butterfly with Mini Dimensionals, using the Detailed Trio Punch on two opposite corners, the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls in Petal Pink and Rich Razzleberry, and then adhering to the card base with dimensionals:

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The inside sentiment is from the Special Celebrations stamp set on Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamped in Crumb Cake ink. The flowers on the bottom are from the Colorful Seasons stamp set, stamped in Petal Pink and Rich Razzleberry inks:

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So what do you think of this version? This was fun and easy to make, but the only thing that I was disappointed in was that the Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo Watercolor Pencils looked too similar after using the Aqua Painter.

I will definitely do this again, but next time I am going to use the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies and ink, so stay tuned!!

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!

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, or joining my team!

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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Thanks for being you

Hello and welcome to today’s card featuring the Tutti-Frutti 6” x 6” DSP Stack! When I was looking through this paper stack to decide on which one to use, for some reason the rhino from the Animal Outing stamp set (which is in the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog and you can see my post about this here) came to mind! I’ve been trying my best not to use any new products (use up the retiring to make way for the new), but I just thought this was too cute!!

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

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I cut the DSP into three pieces, one piece is 1 ½” x 6” and two pieces at 3” x 4 ½”. You will not be using the 1 ½” x 6” piece, but this is a great piece that can be used on another card:

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The rhino image is stamped in Memento Ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and I used Light Crumb Cake, Light and Dark Smokey Slate, Light Pumpkin Pie, and Dark Pineapple Punch (this color will be available in the 2018-2019 AC) Stampin’ Blends Markers. I used the 3rdlargest square to cut this out and the 2ndlargest scalloped square on Lemon Lime Twist cardstock from the Layering Squares Framelits:

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To put this card together, adhere the two pieces of DSP to the card base:

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Then adhere the two square pieces together and adhere to the card front with dimensionals:

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I felt the card front needed a little something else, so I used the Real Red hearts from the Brights Enamel Shapes:

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The inside sentiment is on a  piece of Whisper White cardstock cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, the sentiment is from the Special Celebrations stamp set in Garden Green ink, and the frog on the branch image is from the Animal Outing stamp set, stamped in Memento ink and colored with Light Crumb Cake, Light Old Olive, and Dark Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Blends:

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This is such a quick, easy, and cute card that you can change the sentiment on the inside to anything!

I hope today’s card 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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