Rustic card with Home to Roost

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Home to Roost stamp set! This super cute stamp set is in the 2019 Sale-A-Bration catalog and you can earn this for FREE with a qualifying $50 (USD) purchase! I honestly passed this stamp set by the first time I saw it in the SAB catalog, but then what really caught my eye was the card samples in the catalog, which inspired this card. Not only is the rooster another stamp that you can use to color in with your Stampin’ Blends, but look at the sentiments! These great for just simply sending a card, but I can totally see using “enjoy the simple moments” for scrapbooking! For this card, I really wanted to give it a distressed and rustic flare, which is so easy to do!

The card base is Early Espresso cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The base layer is Crumb Cake cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

To distress the Crumb Cake cardstock, first emboss the cardstock with the Tin Tile DTIEF, crumple the paper into a ball, unfold flat, use a sponge with Early Espresso ink along the raised impressions, take the edge of your scissors to distress the edges, and then use the sponge again with Early Espresso ink along the distressed edges:

The rooster is stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock in Memento ink, but before stamping, I used a Q-Tip to remove the ink around the bottom that looks like a shadow underneath. The image is then fussy cut out and colored in with Dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark Real Red, Light Cajun Craze, and Dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends:

Cut a 2 ½” x 3” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, stamp the wheat image twice in Sahara Sand ink, use a blender pen with a little bit of Sahara Sand ink to fill in the ground, and then use a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to color in the shading underneath the rooster, stamping this on the shaded ground:

The rooster is adhered with dimensionals on the Very Vanilla cardstock and then use a sponge with Early Espresso ink along the edges:

Cut a piece of Wood Textures DSP to 3” x 4 ½”, adhere the stamped cardstock, and then use enough Copper Trim to tie around into a bow:

This piece is then adhered to the base layer and then I used dimensionals to adhere this to the card base:

The inside is a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock and I stamped the wheat image along the bottom in Sahara Sand ink, using second generation stamping to fill in (or stamping off):

Wasn’t that easy?? A little sponging, a little distressing, and you get a rustic themed card! Again, I did not use any sentiments on the front or inside as this is one of my “use for any reason” cards! This stamp set would also make a great “masculine” card!!

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Just add color!

Hello and welcome to my first blog post of 2019! I hope you all had a safe and joyous holiday season! Now that the 2019 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs has gone live, I thought I would show you not one, but two cards using the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper, which you can earn for FREE with a qualifying $50 (USD) purchase! This beautiful DSP not only has lots of color, but black and white as well! Two of the designs are of butterflies in black and white and I chose one of the designs to spotlight the butterflies using Stampin’ Blends. If you have thought about purchasing Stampin’ Blends or maybe have already started purchasing a few of the Stampin’ Blends, this is a perfect opportunity to use them and just add color!

To start, I used this butterfly and flower black and white design and at 3 ¾” x 12” and then cut that piece down at 5”, giving me two pieces of DSP measuring 3 ¾” x 5”. For the DSP on the right, I chose Dark Pineapple Punch, Light Mango Melody, and Light Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends. For the DSP on the left, I chose Dark Petal Pink, Light Flirty Flamingo (I started with Dark Flirty Flamingo on one of the butterflies, decided it was too dark, and then switched to Light Flirty Flamingo), and Dark Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends:

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Cut two pieces of Basic Black cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” to layer the DSP on:

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For the card on the right, I used Mango Melody cardstock for the card base and Flirty Flamingo cardstock for the card base for the card on the left, both cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The card front sentiment is from Rooted in Nature, stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Pumpkin Pie and Lovely Lipstick inks, and then punch out the sentiment with the 1 1/8” Scallop Circle Punch. I used the 1 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch to punch out a piece in Pumpkin Pie and Lovely Lipstick cardstock to layer the sentiment on. You will cut a piece of the Silver Metallic-Edge Ribbon long enough to wrap around the DSP and Basic Black base layer:

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The DSP is adhered to the Basic Black base layer and then the ribbon is adhered across the bottom. TIP-this ribbon is wide enough that you can use some Snail on the back to help keep it in place on the card front. The sentiment is then adhered to the layering cardstock, then adhered with a dimensional, and finally is adhered to the card base:

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For the inside sentiment on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, the sentiment is also from Rooted in Nature stamp set, in Mango Melody and Flirty Flamingo ink. The butterflies are from Butterfly Gala stamp set in Memento Ink and are colored in with the same Stampin’ Blends colors as the front of the card:

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So, what do you think?? Isn’t this fun paper that you can earn for free?? This is a great way to create 6 cards just like this from one sheet of Designer Series Paper! Then, you will have 3 pieces of the DSP measuring 2” x 3 ¾” to create up to 3 more cards from!!

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Gallery Grunge meets Butterfly Gala!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the Gallery Grunge stamp set and the new Butterfly Gala Bundle from the 2019 Occasions Catalog! What is in the Butterfly Gala Bundle? A super cute photopolymer stamp set and a coordinating punch! What I love about this set is that there are 4 butterfly designs that you can stamp and are made so that you punch them out perfectly! There are some very sweet sentiments and butterfly backgrounds to fill in the design, or you can color them in with your Stampin’ Blends. Today’s card is a great way to #makeacard and #sendacard to let a special someone know you are thinking of them, so let’s get started!

The card base is Gray Granite cardstock, cut at 4 ½” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I used the “plank floor” stamp from Gallery Grunge in Gray Granit ink to create a background:

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For the front of the card, I stamped this butterfly design on Whisper White cardstock in Memento ink. To get three butterflies, I stamped the whole image first and then inked up just the small butterfly again and stamped that towards the edge of the cardstock. The punch and the stamps have the big butterfly on the bottom and the small butterfly on top. I then colored the butterflies in with Light Petal Pink, Light Flirty Flamingo, and Light Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends and then added a Wink of Stella, then punching out. The sentiment is in Gray Granite ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the second smallest oval die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. You will also need a 3” piece of Burlap Ribbon and 3 of the 5mm Pearls, which I colored with the Light Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blend:

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To assemble the card front, adhere the base layer to the card base. I first adhered the Burlap Ribbon with glue dots and then adhered the sentiment with dimensionals on top. I next adhered the butterflies with mini dimensionals and then added the colored pearls:

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The inside is Whisper White cardstock, which I stamped and colored the same butterflies as the front, also with some Wink of Stella. I left this blank so this can be used for any occasion it may be needed for:

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Do you decorate your envelopes? I sure do and for this envelope the same butterfly design and colors are used, along with Wink of Stella, to tie them all together. I love decorating the envelope, but I do keep it very simple and it will tie into what the card being sent is about:

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Another quick and easy card that is sure to put a smile on your recipient’s face! Remember, it doesn’t have to be a holiday or special occasion to send a card, #makeacard and #sendacard is a sweet way to brighten someone’s day!!

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!

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Coloring with Stampin’ Blends

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new stamp set Humming Along and the new 6” x 6” Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper from the 2019 Occasions Catalog! Not only is Humming Along a brand new “cling mount” * stamp set, but it also has coordinating dies. This is a beautiful set and a great way to get creative with Stampin’ Blends. If you don’t have any Stampin’ Blends and would like to try them, then this set would be a great way to start. Just simply pick out a few colors that you would use to start with and then slowly add a few more every time you order. I will admit that I was a little hesitant to color with the Stampin’ Blends at first, but there are so many great examples out there and the best way to really become “comfortable” is to stamp and color away! Today I am making a super easy card that you can make in a few minutes, so let’s get started!

The card base is Thick Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is Highland Heather cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and is embossed with the Subtle Dynamic TIEF:

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For the card front, I stamped the flower in Memento Ink on Whisper White cardstock and colored in with Light Granny Apple Green, Light Highland Heather, Light Daffodil Delight, and Light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends. I used a piece of the Highland Heather Gingham Gala DSP, which I trimmed 1 ½” off one end, turned the paper, and cut that in half at 3”. If you cut the 1 ½” piece in half, you will have two pieces measuring ¾” x 6” and two pieces measuring 3” x 4 ½”, which you can make two cards from this piece of DSP. The ¾” x 6” piece will be for the inside of the card. You will also need enough Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon in Whisper White to go around the base layer and tie into a bow:

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To assemble the card front, adhere the DSP to the base layer at a slight angle, wrap the tulle ribbon around the base layer and tie into a bow, adhere the flower with dimensionals, and then adhere the completed piece to the card base:

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For the inside of the card, the sentiment from the set is stamped in Highland Heather ink, the leaves are stamped in Old Olive ink, colored in with Lemon Lime Twist Stampin’ Write Marker, added some Wink of Stella, and the ¾” piece of DSP is adhered along the bottom, trimming off the excess. If you notice, the inside piece has a smaller gingham pattern than the front piece, all of the DSP has one side in a big and one side in a small pattern:

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Wasn’t that quick and easy? I chose to use Light Granny Apple Green and Light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends because they were the closest to Grapefruit Grove and Lemon Lime Twist, which are two of the colors besides Highland Heather, Daffodil, and Balmy Blue (which Balmy Blue is going to be available in the Occasions Catalog, along with Mossy Meadow) in the Gingham Gala DSP.

*What are Cling Mount Stamps? They are the rubber stamps, but Stampin’ Up! has developed a new film cling to place on top of the stamp. The old image film that are on the older stamps either curled or just didn’t stick very well to the clear blocks and I, like most, just didn’t bother using them. Well, the new ones work very, very well and if there is any TIP I can pass on is that you do need to be careful when peeling the stamp off the case or block, start at the smallest point (if possible), and use the spatula end of the Take Your Pick tool, it’s very useful!

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Get more use from the Tags & Tidings Bundle!

Hello and welcome to today’s cards, which features the Tags & Tidings Bundle! Every year I like to make Christmas tags and I also like to send a batch of tags to family, because who wouldn’t like to use a homemade tag on a gift?? My first thought is that this bundle will make it so much easier to make Christmas tags, there’s one stamp and one thinlit die to cut out the 16 images, and then I can use punches, dies, and even retired DSP to create super cute tags! Then I thought, what if I procrastinated, didn’t have time to place my order, was on a tight budget, or even was limiting myself to one Christmas Bundle?  Which would I choose that was versatile and unique? The Tags & Tidings Bundle is a great choice! So today, I am going to show you how I made 6 cards from this bundle.

To start, cut 3 sheets of Shaded Spruce cardstock cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”, for a total of 6 card bases:

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The base layer is Real Red cardstock, which I used two sheets to cut the 6 pieces at 4” x 5 ¼”. I then stamped this in Memento Ink and I highly suggest using your Stamparatus because this is a Photopolymer stamp and I had to stamp it a couple of times because some of the thicker lines didn’t pick up the ink completely the first time:

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I used a piece of 4” x 5 ½” Whisper White cardstock to stamp the image again in Memento Ink. I then colored in various images using Dark Real Red, Dark Shaded Spruce, Light Pool Party, Dark Pineapple Punch, and Light Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends. The images where then cut out using the Christmas Tags Thinlits Dies:

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I wanted to make half of the cards with Silver and the other half with Gold accents, so I used Gold and Silver Glimmer Paper to layer the tags on:

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The first set of tags I used the 1 1/8” 1 3/8” Scallop Circle Punches. The second set I used the Classic Label Punch, I just cut a piece of glimmer paper slightly larger than the tag for the other two, and then used the Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners on one. The third set I used the Banner Triple Punch. For the fourth set I used the Tailored Tag Punch, one just layered on the punched glimmer paper, one I used it to cut the corners to match the tag, and then for the other two, I punched out the glimmer paper, adhered the tag, and then just snipped the sides:

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For these two cards, I used the gold layered tags, adhered some Gold Metallic Thread to the back of two, and used some Gold Metallic Pearls. These are adhered to the base layer with dimensionals:
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These next two cards use the silver layered tags, Silver Metallic thread adhered to the back to two, and use Silver Metallic Pearls:

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These last two cards only have two tags instead of three, but you will still use the Metallic Thread and Pearls for accents:

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The inside of all six use stamps from Snowflake Sentiments, stamped in Real Red and Shaded Spruce inks:

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Once I figured out the best way to layer some of the tags, this was pretty easy to make. It is even possible to make 8 cards from this if you only use silver or gold (not both) to layer the tags or make 16 just using one tag on the card front. Another idea since this is a photopolymer stamp and pliable, is you can use one of the tags to create the background and then create a big tag for the front. A lot of possibilities for this bundle!

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Simply Thankful

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a stunning card using the Stampin’ Blends and the Country Home stamp set! Now, I cannot take total credit for this as the coloring of the can was CASE’d from a post I saw on Facebook and now I cannot for the life of me find this post and give proper credit! This is one of the things I love about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, all the brilliant ideas and inspiration that we share with each other! Now I can share this with you!

If you are need for a last-minute Thanksgiving card or even a thank you card, this may be what you are looking for, so let’s get started on this easy card!

The card base is Early Espresso cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is a combination of a 2 ½” x 5 ¼” DSP design from Country Lane and a 2” x 5 ¼” piece of Copper Foil Sheet that is embossed with the Tin Tile DTIEF. I made the embossed Copper Foil Sheet darker by using a Sponge Dauber with black ink and then adhered the two pieces together making it a 4” x 5 ¼” layer:

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For the flowers and can, I cut a piece of Thick Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 2 ½” and stamped the images in Memento Ink. To create the “bronze” look to the can, I used a combination of Light Pumpkin Pie, Dark Pineapple Punch, Light and Dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends Markers. There’s no real way to do this, I just started with Dark Pineapple Punch in the middle, colored with Light Pumpkin Pie around, Dark Soft Suede along the edges and blended Light Soft Suede. I kept playing until I achieved the result I was looking for. The flowers were colored in using the Light and Dark Soft Suede, Light and Dark Old Olive, Dark Mango Melody, and Dark Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blends Markers. I then used the Detailed Trio Punch to round two of the opposite end corners and tied a piece of Copper Trim around the bottom:

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TIP-I HIGHLY recommend using thick cardstock AND letting the layers dry. I have an example below of using regular cardstock and not letting the layers dry and well, they bled outside the lines! Lol

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The base layer is adhered to the card base and then the stamped image is adhered on top with dimensionals:

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For the inside, the sentiment is heat embossed with Copper Emboss Powder and then two of the corners are rounded with the Detailed Trio Punch on opposite corners to match the front of the card:

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Wasn’t that easy?? The only thing that was really time consuming was the coloring on regular cardstock only to have it bleed and then start over again. But hey, we live and learn and that’s all about the card making adventure!

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

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Thanksgiving Cards with Country Lane Suite-p2

Hello and welcome to today’s cards, which are part two of my three-part Thanksgiving cards made with the Country Lane Suite! With Thanksgiving right around the corner and a hectic upcoming schedule, I’m sharing two more cards that I made from one sheet of Country Lane Designer Series Paper! Having a simple template to cut your DSP to makes it so much easier to get creative and make cards for any occasion! If you missed it, my previous blog post gives you the template for cutting this one sheet to create eight cards.

Both of these cards are made with the card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock, one sheet cut at 5 ½” for the measurement of 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”.

For the card on the right, I used one piece of DSP cut at 3” x 4” and one piece cut at 4” x 4”, layering them and then adhering to the card base:

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For the sentiment from the Country Home stamp set, I stamped it in Mint Macaron ink on a ½” piece of Whisper White cardstock, and flagged the ends with the Banner Triple Punch. I adhered some Gold Metallic Thread to the back and then adhered this to a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock cut out with the second largest Stitched Shapes oval. This is then adhered to the front with dimensionals and I added some Gold Metallic Pearls:

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The inside is stamped in Mint Macaron ink from the Country Home stamp set:

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For the card on the right, I adhered the 4” x 5 ¼” piece of DSP to the card base:

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Additional elements for the front are a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock cut out with the second largest Stitched Shapes oval, a piece of Chicken Wire Element that I cut to 1 ½” (a whole piece measures 4” x 5 ½”), and I stamped the can with the flowers and sentiment on a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Memento ink, colored in with Light and Dark Mint Macaron, Light and Dark Blackberry Bliss, Light and Dark Old Olive, Light Mango Melody, and Dark Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blends Markers, adding Wink of Stella to the cotton blooms, and then cutting out:

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I used a small amount of Snail on the left side to help adhere the Chicken Wire Element, adhered the flower pot to the Cajun Craze oval, and then adhered this to the card front with dimensionals (this covers the snail):

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The inside sentiment from the Country Home stamp set is stamped in Mint Macaron ink:

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Wasn’t that quick and easy?? Now I have five cards made from one piece of DSP that I really would not have used and these cards turned out awesome! Stay tuned for my next blog post that will show you the final two cards!

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!

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