Tropical state of mind!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which will have you daydreaming about sunny days, warm temperatures, and a slight breeze with the Tropical Oasis Suite! Spring is my favorite season here in Virginia and since we are going to have beautiful weather for the next week, why not start the week off in a tropical state of mind? It’s not too hot, not too cold, the humidity has not arrived yet, and it’s perfect to have the windows open and let that fresh air in! Have a hammock or a favorite chair in the back yard that you can relax in with your eyes closed and just listen to nature? Now you get it! Lol

The base layer is this design from the DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Cut a 2” x 4 ½” piece of this DSP design and also cut a 2 ¼” x 4 ¾” piece of Old Olive cardstock to layer under the DSP.

2. Cut two 1” strips of the Braided Burlap Trim and use your fingers and fingertips to fray the ends and slightly stretch out the sides.

3. Stamp the sentiment in Pretty Peacock ink on Whisper White cardstock and punch out with the 1” Circle Punch. Use the 1 1/8” Scallop Circle Punch to punch out a piece in Real Red cardstock, this will be layered under the sentiment circle.

4. Use Soft Suede ink on the pineapple crown die (press the die into the ink pad), spritz Old Olive cardstock with water (this is a cutting and embossing die), cut the cardstock with the die, and use a sponge dauber with Old Olive ink on the leaf tips. Tip-the die can be rinsed with water to remove the ink and I used my bone folder to curl the inner leaf tips.

5. Use Soft Suede ink on the pineapple die (press the die into the ink pad), spritz So Saffron cardstock with water (this is a cutting and embossing die), cut the cardstock with the die, be careful when removing the cardstock from the die (you want all the pieces, so just poke at the small holes), and use a sponge dauber with Mango Melody ink around the edges and slightly in the middle. Tip-as you can see, I’m missing a couple of pieces, but I still have them off to the side. After you adhere the pineapple, you can always use the Take Your Pick Tool and the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere those pieces.

To assemble the card front, adhere the DSP and Old Olive cardstock pieces together and then adhere to the DSP base layer as shown. I used liquid glue to adhere the pineapple and crown pieces to the DSP layer, avoiding the leaves that are curled:

Use Tear & Tape to adhere the burlap trim pieces next to each other, liquid glue to adhere the layered sentiment piece on top, and use three of the 3mm Gold Glitter Enamel Dots around the pineapple. This completed piece is adhered to a Real Red cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼”x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside sentiment, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Pretty Peacock ink, and adhere a ¾” x 4” piece of coordinating base layer DSP along the bottom:

Isn’t this a great way to get into that tropical state of mind? When I first started creating this card, I just started with the pineapple, and really played around with the different DSP designs to see what combinations I liked. A great way to combine different designs is to break them up with a layer of cardstock underneath, a complimentary color works best!

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The Power of Encouragement

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Power of Hope Bundle! This stamp set and 3D embossing folder is featured in the 2020 Sale-A-Bration catalog, which you can earn with a qualifying $100 (USD) product purchase until March 31st or while supplies last! The inspiration for today’s card is one of the sentiments, “today is a day for new beginnings”, and really, everyday can be a new beginning with this versatile sentiment. So, why not do some sponge coloring to create a morning sunrise behind the temple? 

The base layer for this card, is the Blueberry Bushel Foil (from the Noble Peacock Foil Sheets), cut at 4” X 5 ¼”, and embossed with the Stone 3D Embossing Folder:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Two strips of the Seaside Spray Scalloped Linen Ribbon, one piece cut at 4 ½” and the other at 5 ¾”. Make sure when you trim the ends that they are the same angle. 

2. Use the largest oval from the Layering Oval Dies to cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. I used a couple sticky notes to mask what would be the ground and sponge colored first in Daffodil Delight ink.

3. Use the 1 ½” Circle Punch to create a second mask to create the “sun” and then first sponge color in Mango Melody ink and then sponge color in Poppy Parade ink, creating your sunrise.

4. I used a little bit of Blueberry Bushel ink around the top, then flipped the sticky note mask so the sunrise was covered, and sponge colored the ground with Blueberry Bushel ink.

5. To stamp the temple, I used my Stamparatus so that I could ink the stamp three times to get a dark and crisp stamp image.

I used Tear & Tape to adhere the ribbon to embossed foil base layer:

The oval scene is adhered with dimensionals and the completed piece is adhered to a Seaside Spray cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink, stamp the maple tree in Early Espresso ink, and color in the tree and grass with Dark Poppy Parade and Dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends:

Isn’t this a cool way to tie the inside sentiment to the card front? I absolutely love using this embossing folder with foil paper! A fun effect with stamping the temple three times, is that it gives it kind of an embossed feeling when you run your finger over the stamped image!

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Floral Essence with Flowering Foils Designer Series Paper!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new Flowering Foils Designer Series Paper! This beautiful Rose Gold and Silver Foil DSP is part of the second release of Sale-A-Bration products that you can earn with a qualifying $50 (USD) purchase starting tomorrow, March 3rd! To color or not to color with this beautiful foil DSP is up to you! I chose to sponge color this DSP, creating a gradient effect with Merry Merlot, Rococo Rose, and Petal Pink, and pair it with the Floral Essence stamp set from the Annual Catalog!

For the base layer, use this design from the Flowering Foils DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I first started sponge coloring with Merry Merlot at the bottom, Rococo Rose in the middle, and Petal Pink at the top (the DSP on the left is to show you how it looks before). Since this paper is thin like a regular designer series paper, be careful coloring and you may need to hold the ends down with your fingers:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Enough Petal Pink Metallic Edge Ribbon to tie around the base layer into a bow or cut a 4 ½” strip to adhere across the middle of the DSP and tie a bow separately, use a glue dot to adhere.

2. On Petal Pink cardstock, stamp the flower in Rococo Rose and Merry Merlot inks three times each, use to coordinating punch to punch out of the cardstock, and on one of the flowers in each color, punch out the middle with the ½” Circle Punch.

3. Stamp the sentiment in Merry Merlot ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and use the fourth largest Stitched Nested Label Die to custom cut out*.

4. Use the third largest Stitched Nested Label Die to custom cut out a layering piece for the sentiment*.

*To custom cut using the Stitched Nested Label Die, I first lined up the sentiment with the die, only cut about half way down, and then lined up the bottom and finished cutting out. For the Merry Merlot cardstock piece, I used the sentiment piece as a guide for how big or long I wanted it to be, using the same way to cut out:

For the flowers, I used liquid glue in the middle to adhere them slightly off, which gave me a moment to adjust them as needed. I then used a mini glue dot on the bottom edge of the punched-out petal to fill in on the back side. When done, use your bone folder to curl the petal edges and place the largest Clear Faceted Gem in the flower center:

To assemble the card, first adhere/tie your ribbon, use dimensionals to adhere the layered sentiment over the ribbon, and then use liquid glue to adhere the flowers:

This completed piece is then adhered to a Merry Merlot cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Merry Merlot ink, and adhere a ¾” x 4” piece of DSP along the bottom that has been sponge colored with Merry Merlot ink:

Here’s a sneak peek at the DSP, it comes in four designs, three sheets of each design, for a total of 12 sheets of DSP:

Isn’t this beautiful DSP?? I just love the Silver and Rose Gold! Whether you color this paper or not, it is so easy to create stunning cards! If you want to make a quick and easy card, you can layer this DSP with color cardstock, punch out a sentiment and have a color layer under the sentiment, and add an embellishment and/or ribbon! 

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Snow Front Bridge Fold Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and easy Bridge Fold card featuring the Snow Front stamp set! If you love scenery stamp sets, then Snow Front is perfect for you! Don’t be fooled by the name, use your imagination and this set can really be used for every season. Since I really wanted to create a card featuring a scenery, I thought a Bridge Fold card would be perfect and I will share with you my experiment with puff paint and ice glitter! I typically don’t use a lot of glitter as I usually make a huge mess, however, I thought I would give glitter another try for my holiday cards and if all else fails, it would just end up in my “glitter graveyard”. Lol While the Holiday Catalog recommends using the Fine Tip Glue Pen or Shimmery Crystal Effects to adhere, I wanted to see if I could add ice glitter to puff paint before heat setting and I really like how it turned out! It gives the puff paint, or snow, kind of a “glistening” look! I also used the Fine Tip Glue Pen so you could see how that looked as well.

To create the scenery, I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 6 ¾”, stamping the scenery as follows:

1. The mountains, cabin, snowman, and the “hill” stamp are all stamped with Smoky Slate ink.

2. The “trees on a hill” stamp is carefully using Shaded Spruce ink on the trees and Smoky Slate ink on the ground underneath. I found it easier to use the edge of the pad, inking with Shaded Spruce on the trees first.

3. Use the largest and smallest single trees in Shaded Spruce ink, inking only once, and stamping fully inked in the middle, second stamping on the left, and third stamping on the right.

4. The deer are stamped in Soft Suede ink.

5. I used Stampin’ Write Markers to color the cabin and snowman with Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Cherry Cobbler.

I created a mask for the three mountains and used a sponge dauber to color in the sky, first with Balmy Blue, next with Highland Heather, and finally Night of Navy inks:

Before applying the puff paint or glitter, I first cut the cardstock by cutting two 1” strips off each end. This will give you four pieces at 1” x 4” and the back panel at 2 ¾” x 4”, fitting each panel of the card. I applied dots of the puff paint on the trees and roof of the cabin, Fine Tip Glue Pen and Ice glitter on the front peak of the cabin and part of the snow man, and puff paint with ice glitter on the mountains and around the cabin. First apply the puff paint and I used a small spoon to sprinkle the glitter before heat setting, each area at a time:

For the base, I cut a piece of Night of Navy cardstock at 4 ¼” x 8” and scoring at 1 ¼”, 2 ½”, 5 ½”, and 6 ¾”. The front panel is cut at 1 ¼” x 5 ½”, however as I was assembling the card, I actually trimmed it down to ¾” x 5 ½” because I felt it looked too big and was obstructing the cabin:

You want to fold and burnish the inner score lines inward and fold and burnish the outer score lines outward:

I used liquid glue to adhere the panels, starting from left to right. Using liquid glue gives you some wiggle room to move the cardstock before setting in place and making it easier to line up each panel:

The front panel is ¾” x 5 ½” in Night of Navy cardstock. I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 1” x 5 ¼”, used the curve die from In the Woods to create that “hill or snowbank” look and stamped the sentiment in the middle in Night of Navy ink:

These two pieces are layered and adhered together and then I used Tear & Tape just on the ends to adhere to the outer panels:

For the sentiment, I cut another piece of Whisper White cardstock at 2 ¾” x 4”, stamped the small tree in Shaded Spruce ink, and stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy ink. This is adhered to the back panel of the card:

Isn’t this an awesome holiday card?? I just love the added texture the ice glitter gives the puff paint! If you have never made a Bridge Fold card before, this will fit in a regular envelope, whether you fold it to the right or the left, and you can add a piece of printer paper (4 ¼” x 5 ½”) to cover the card front when you put it in the envelope to help protect the puff paint thru the mailing process!

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Fall foliage card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and easy fall foliage card made with the Snow Front stamp set! I just love when you can use a holiday stamp set for more than one holiday like the Snow Front stamp set. If you pair this with a great sentiment set, then you really have an all occasion stamp set! 

The base layer is this design from Come to Gather DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” (vertical cut):

For the rest of the card front you will need:

1. Cut a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock at 3 ½” x 4 ¾” and emboss with the Corrugated 3D Embossing Folder.

2. Cut enough Braided Linen Trim to tie around the embossed cardstock into a bow.

3. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3” x 3 ½”, use your Stamparatus line up the tree stamps, the single large tree is stamped in Early Espresso ink and the three small trees are stamped in Gray Granite ink. Use the small dotted stamp to create the foliage with Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze inks and the ground stamp is stamped in Gray Granite ink, first generation under the trees and stamping off to fill in the rest of the ground area. Use a sponge dauber with Gray Granite in to lightly fill in the ground area, a sponge dauber with Crushed Curry ink around the trees, and a sponge dauber with Cajun Craze ink along the outside of the Crushed Curry and the cardstock edge:

Adhere the stamped cardstock on top of the embossed cardstock (more towards the top), tie the braided trim into a bow around the bottom, and then adhere to the DSP base layer:

This completed piece is adhered to an Early Espresso cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”. I decided the front needed a little extra, so I used three of the smallest (3mm) Gold Glitter Enamel Dots on the large tree:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso ink, and adhere a ¾” x 4” strip of coordinating DSP from the card front:

Isn’t this a fun and easy card to make? You can still keep the fall theme going if you cut a bigger piece of Whisper White cardstock and add the cabin and deer to give it that “warm and cozy” mountain feel!

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Happy Fall Harvest Card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and colorful fall themed card! Have you checked out the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks in the 2019 Holiday Catalog? I used one of those masks to create this colorful background and combined it with stamps and dies from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog! When I first created this background layer, I was really just experimenting with the masks to see what I could create with them, and since I liked this one so much, I completed a card with it! 

The base layer is Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I first colored the cardstock with Sponge Brayers and Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, and Merry Merlot inks. I then placed the mask with the trees on top (use a piece of tape to secure the mask) and then used a Sponge Brayer with Early Espresso ink to color in the trees:

For the card front you will need:

1. Enough Linen Thread to tie around the base layer three times.

2. Stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then cut out with the second smallest rectangle die from the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.

3. Use the detailed leaf die from Seasonal Layers to cut out three leaves, one each from Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, and Merry Merlot cardstocks. Place a 4mm Gold Glitter Enamel Dot at the base of each leaf:

First start with wrapping the thread around the base layer three times, secure to the back with Snail, the sentiment is adhered on top of the thread with dimensionals and each of the leaves are adhered with a glue dot:

This completed piece is adhered to an Early Espresso cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso ink and the small leaves in Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, and Merry Merlot ink:

Isn’t this a stunning card that is so easy to make? I just love the colors used for this card and it was so easy to tie all of them together for the front and inside of the card! Decorative Masks are really a fun and easy way to create a background and then just add a sentiment!

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Make a fall card with the Snow Front stamp set!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new Snow Front stamp set from the 2019 Holiday Catalog! When I first saw this set in the holiday catalog, I knew this would be perfect for my Christmas cards! But, why limit yourself to just one holiday card? I’ve used this set for Halloween and now I am also using it for my Thanksgiving cards! One of the things that makes this stamp set versatile for the seasons, is that there are no sentiments, just lots of scenery stamps for you to create with. I also wanted to incorporate Come to Gather DSP and thought the gingham design would pair nicely, not detracting from the scenery or looking too “busy”.

The base layer is this design, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, the next layer is Pretty Peacock cardstock, cut at 3 ¼” x 4 ½”, and the last layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 3”x 4 ¼”:

To create the scenery and card front:

1. Use the 3” x 4 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the mountains in Gray Granite ink, closer to the top, two times.

2. Use a sponge dauber with Pool Party ink to color in the sky around the mountains and then a sponge dauber with Pear Pizzazz ink to color in the “meadow”.

3. Stamp the trees and deer in Early Espresso ink and then the pond in Pretty Peacock ink.

4. Use the small dotted/background stamp in Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze inks to make it look like fall colored leaves in the trees and on the ground.

5. Adhere the Whisper White cardstock layer to the Pretty Peacock cardstock layer, adhere this piece to the gingham DSP with dimensionals, and then use enough Braided Linen Trim to tie around the bottom into a bow:

This completed piece is adhered to a Pretty Peacock cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut at piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, cut a piece of the DSP at ¾” x 4” and adhere along the 4” side of the cardstock, ink up two of the trees (the stamp is three trees) in Early Espresso ink in the corner, stamp the dotted/background stamp in Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze in for fall leaves, and then stamp the sentiment from Country Home in Pretty Peacock ink:

Don’t you just love the colors of this card? This would also make a great birthday card for that “outdoorsy” person in your life! You could also step this card up by heat embossing parts with clear embossing powder! If you are looking for a great versatile stamp set, give the Snow Front stamp set another look!

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