Saturday, May 8, 2021

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Brilliance Birthday Card

Hi!  Yay for Saturday!  Are you enjoying your Saturday?  I am.  It's a beautiful sunny day here, which is my favorite!  I'm soaking up all the warm sunshine I can before the temp drops and the clouds return in a few days!

Today's card is simple and sweet.  It uses another new 2021-2023 In Color, Fresh Freesia.
This one was inspired by Sketch Challenge 290 at Global Sketch Challenge.  How do they think of all these great sketches!?

Fresh Freesia Card Base ~ 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"
DSP ~ 4" x 5-1/4"
Basic White ~ 3-3/4" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4" and small scraps
Fresh Freesia ~ 7/16" x 1-3/8"

Here's a tip: When stamping and die cutting the Butterfly Brilliance butterflies, go ahead and stamp/die cut them all.  Then store the ones you don't use in a small envelope or container so they are ready to use when you need them.  I keep mine in an empty Stampin' Dimensional envelope.  

1.  Stamp the butterfly using Memento Tuxedo Black
2.  Stamp the sentiment using Fresh Freesia
3.  Die cut the butterfly using Brilliant Wings dies
3.  Color the butterfly
4.  Trim around the sentiment using Paper Snips
5.  Attach the layers.  I used Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the sentiment
6.  Add a few 2021-2023 In Color Jewels

Did you know you can use Stampin' Up! embellishments, like the jewels, to cover up small stamping boo-boos?  I didn't realize I had a tiny piece of string on my stamp when I stamped the butterfly image.  It left me with a slightly imperfect stamped image.  Instead of starting over, I just covered the imperfection with a jewel.  

For the inside, stamp Happy Birthday and the smallest butterfly, colored to match the card base. 

Happy Stamping!

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Friday, May 7, 2021

Stampin' Up! Prince & Princess Card


Good morning!  (Or afternoon/evening!)  This card was inspired by Sketch #484 at Freshly Made Sketches.  I turned the sketch on it's side and just ran with it.  I've been wanting to play with the new In Colors and this new stamp set, Prince & Princess.  Perfect sketch for both!

Polished Pink Card Base ~ 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", scored & 4-1/4"
Basic White ~ 3-1/8" x 2-5/8", 4" x 5-1/4" (inside), small scraps
Polished Pink ~ 2-3/4" x 3-1/4", 1-1/4" x 1/2"
True Love DSP ~ 4" x 5-1/4"

1.  Stamp the swan and flowers using Memento Tuxedo Black.  
2.  Stamp the water using Balmy Blue and the sentiment using Polished Pink (NEW In Color!)
3. Color the swan's beak and the flowers
4. Fussy cut around the flowers and trim around the sentiment with Paper Snips 
5. Attach the layers.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the sentiment and flowers
6.  Add a few 2021-2023 In Color Jewels

For the inside, stamp a crown in Polished Pink and stamp the sentiment in Tuxedo Black.  
Don't want this to be a new baby card?  It's perfect for a birthday card, just change this sentiment inside the card to Happy Birthday!

Happy Stamping!

Have you heard!?   Stampin' Up! is having a Paper Pumpkin Subscribe-a-thon!  First time Paper Pumpkin Subscribers can subscribe for $5 their first month.  But don't wait! There's a limited number of subscriptions at this great price.  Use Promo Code HOMERUN0521
If you add me as your demonstrator when you subscribe, you can join me for a ZOOM Paper Pumpkin Class June 5th.


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Stampin' Up! Nothing's Better Than Coffee Card


Hi there!  I have a confession, I'm not a coffee drinker.  At. all.  I don't even like the smell.  However, a lot of people that I love drink coffee.  So this card is for them!  

Basic Black Card Base ~ 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2" and some small scraps
Basic White ~ 2-1/2" x 4" and 4" x 5-1/4" (inside)
DSP ~ 3/4" x 4", 3" circle, 5/8" x 5/4" (inside), 2-1/2" x 6" (envelope flap)

The first step, after cutting most of your cardstock, is to stamp the coffee cups 3 times. 
I used the Stamparatus to help me get them straight.
Keep your cardstock in place by attaching it with the included magnets.
(I wrapped washi tape around the end of my magnets so I can pull them off easier, they are STRONG and sometimes snap together and might break if not careful)
As you can see in the picture, I stamped the image, then picked up the entire plate and moved it down one notch.  Stamped, then moved it down another notch. 
I left the cardstock and magnets in place, moved the plate back to the top and changed the stamp to the outline and repeated the process. 

The sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink on black cardstock.  Then, I sprinkled White Emboss Powder over it, tapped off the excess and heated with my Heat Tool.  Magic!
Trim around the sentiment with paper snips and cut the word 'coffee' out with the die.
The sentiment (including the word 'coffee') was attached to the white cardstock with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  As was everything else, except the white cardstock on the front, which was attached with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

The inside of the card includes a strip of the DSP, another adorable coffee cup and the rest of the sentiment. 

This Pattern Party Designer Series Paper is my favorite DSP in the new catalog.  It's also only available to hosts or those who place a minimum $150 order.  I don't think one of my favorites has ever been a host reward until now.  I've liked, a lot, several of the host reward items, but this paper is awesome.  It is 48 sheets of 12"x12" paper.  Each piece is double sided, so you get 4 each of 12 different designs!  If you want a chance to get this paper as part of your Host Rewards, and don't want to spend $150 yourself, host a party!  I can do a ZOOM or Facebook party, as long as you are in the USA.  BONUS ~ through June 14, 2021, You can get an extra $25 in Stampin' Rewards when your party total reaches $250!!

Happy Stamping!

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Stampin' Up Beauty of the Earth Card


Hello!  So have you had a chance to look at Stampin' Up!'s new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog that launched yesterday?  If you have, I'm sure you noticed the first bundle in the catalog, Beauty of Friendship, on p. 10.  This is a two-step stamp set, which means you stamp one image, then stamp another image on top of that image for a layered effect.  These stamps are impressive because with just one of the tree top stamps, stamped once with one color, you get different shades of ink.  I think that's amazing.

Evening Evergreen Card Base ~ 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"
Beauty of the Earth DSP ~ 5-1/4" x 2-1/2"
Basic White ~ 4" x 7" (or several scrap pieces) and 4" x 5-1/4" (inside)
Polished Pink ~ 5/8" x 2-1/2"

1.  Stamp the smaller full tree top three times using Evening Evergreen
2.  Stamp the 2nd part of that stamp OVER two of the Evening Evergreen stamped tree tops using Soft Succulent and over the third tree top using Polished Pink
3.  Stamp three tree trunks using Early Espresso
4.  Stamp the sentiment in Polished Pink
5.  Attach the piece of DSP to the card base
6.  Use the coordinating Beautiful Trees Dies and Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine to cut out the trees and around the sentiment
7.  Attach the treetops to the tree trunks and the sentiment to the Polished Pink Cardstock (I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue) 
8.  Attach the two matching trees to the card front (I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue here, too)
9.  Use Mini Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the tree in the middle
10.  Place Stampin' Dimensionals on the back of the Polished Pink CS, and use it to attach the Linen Thread (I used approx. 16" of thread) behind the sentiment. 

For the inside of the card, I added a piece of Basic White Cardstock and Misty Moonlight bird. 

Happy Stamping!

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If you are placing an order under $150 in May 2021, use Host Code JKUMRTVK, 
for a free gift from me. 
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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin April 2021 Alternate Cards

Hi!  The cards I'm sharing today are alternate projects for the April 2021 Paper Pumper Kit.  I love these colors and the watercolor style of this kit.  

For this first card, I decided to fussy cut around the stickers, leaving the backing on.  I attached them using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals so the recipient of this card can peel off the stickers and use them on another project!  

The sticker on the inside of this card was attached with Multipurpose Liquid Glue, also with the backing still on.  Wouldn't this be a fun card for a child to receive?

This next card is simply the front of one of the cards included in the card kit, attached to another piece of Cardstock.  I did have some added fun "splashing" the Bermuda Bay Cardstock with Bermuda Bay ink using a Water Painter.  

For the inside of this one, I used the widest Water Painter with Bermuda Bay and Blackberry Bliss inks to add a touch of color to the bottom corner.  I used the smallest Water Painter to "splash" a few drops of Bermuda Bay ink over that.  Then, stamped the popsicle in Blackberry Bliss. 

For this final card I used Stampin' Up!'s Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper.  This is really the best choice if you are going to be watercoloring.  The color is much easier to apply and blend without messing up the paper.

I kept the inside of this one simple, with just a bit of Bermuda Bay and a Bermuda Bay popsicle. 

Happy Stamping! 

There is SO much happening in my Stampin' Up! World this week!  Beginning with the launch of the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog TODAY!  

Stampin' Up! is offering a Join+ special with this new catalog launch.  For the rest of May, when you sign up as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, you will get $155 worth of products in your Starter Kit + free business supplies + free shipping for only $99 (in the USA).  
Did I mention YOU get to pick the items in your Starter Kit!?  
Contact me if you would like more information.
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Not interested in joining Stampin' Up!, but still want all of the goodies?  Stampin' Up! is also offering a Connect, Craft & Collect Promotion, now through June 14, 2021.  Stampin' Up! is all about connecting with others while we share our love of crafting.  Host a Stampin' Up! Party during this promotion and receive an extra $25 in Stampin' Rewards when your party total reaches $250.  I would be happy to host a party for you on Facebook, or even via ZOOM!
If you place an order of $250 on your own, you still get the extra rewards, even without hosting a party. 

Beginning with May's Paper Pumpkin Kit, I will be hosting a Paper Pumpkin Kit Class via Zoom on the first Saturday of the following month.  (So the first class is June 5th at 10am CST)  We will put the kit together and I'll show you at least one extra project. 
I would love to have you join the class!  All you need to do is make sure I am listed as your demonstrator when you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin.  You will get a ZOOM link for the class in your email a few days before the class.  Subscribe by May 10th to be part of the first class in June.


Monday, May 3, 2021

Stampin' Up! A Cut Above Card

Hello!  Have you seen Stampin' Up!'s A Cut Above stamp set?  It's perfect for creating cards for the men in your life!   My dad always had a push mower like this one when I was growing up.  In fact, my husband has had a couple of these through the years, too.  This is also a great set if you like to color.  I used Blender Pens on this card, but Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Write Markers and Stampin' Blends would all work!

The New Annual Catalog launches tomorrow (YAY!!!) so today, May 3rd, is your last opportunity to purchase the Designer Series Paper that was used as the background on this card.  It's also the last day to be able to order 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots before they retire.  (Links to purchase are in the Product List at the bottom of this post)

Misty Moonlight Card Base ~ 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"
DSP ~ 5-1/4" x 4"
Misty Moonlight ~ 3-3/4" x 3" and 1/2" x 2-3/8"
Basic White ~ 3-1/2" x 2-3/4", 3/8" x 2-1/4", 5-1/4" x 4" (inside)

1. Stamp the man with lawnmower using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
2.  Using Just Jade ink stamp the sentiment on the smallest piece of Basic White (I just grabbed a scrap piece, then trimmed it with my Paper Snips after stamping)
3.  Color the man and his mower
4.  Attach the layers as shown.  Use Mini Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the sentiment on the front. 
5.  Attach the three In Color Enamel Dots in the lower corner

 Stamp the sentiment on the Basic White Cardstock for the inside using Misty Moonlight ink.
Stamp the sun and bird using the Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Color in the sun and bird. 
Attach the inside Basic White Cardstock to the inside of the card. 

Happy Stamping!

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Stampin' Up! Chick Pop Up Card


Hey!  Why do I like these chick stamp sets so much!?  I don't really know, except they look like they are having a good time!  At least I'm not alone in liking them, I know there are many others out there who love these sets as much as I do!

This is one of those cards that has been in the back of my mind for a while.  It was inspired by a Pop Up Card Lisa Curcio made a few months ago.  You can see Lisa's awesome card here.  

Misty Moonlight Card Base ~ 4-1/4" x 11-1/2", scored at 5-1/2"
Misty Moonlight pop up piece ~ 4-1/4" x 3-1/2", scored at 3/4", 1-1/2", 2-1/4" and 3"
Pool Party Card Front ~ 4" x 5-1/4"
Basic White inside ~ 4" x 4-1/2"
Plenty of Basic White Scraps for Chickens and sentiments
Magenta Madness for 'Happy' die and bow tie

1.  Stamp all the chickens on Basic White Cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink
2. Stamp the sentiments in Magenta Madness ink
3.  Color the chickens.  I used Stampin' Blends (colors listed in Product List at the end of this post)
4.  Use the dies and Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine to cut out chickens, bow tie and 'HAPPY'
Go ahead and run the Pool Party Cardstock through the machine using the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder
5.  Fussy cut around 'hey chick' and 'birthday' using Paper Snips
6.  Attach the layers to the front as shown.  Don't forget to add the cute bow tie!
(hey, chick! was attached with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals cut in half)
7. Add the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots to the bottom corner
8.  Fold the 'pop up piece' along scored lines, and attach to the card as shown, with Stampin' Seal+
9.  Attach the chickens to the 'pop up piece'.  The two on the left were attached with Stampin' Seal+, the one eating the cupcake was attached with Stampin' Dimensionals.
10.  Attach 'Happy' with adhesive of choice (I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue)
11.  Use Mini Stampin' Dimensionals to attach 'birthday' and the little chick
12.  Attach the Basic White piece and glue the chicken on top of it

Only a few days left until the new catalog is live!  Lots of great stuff coming up when it launches, so be sure to check back next week.  Or, sign up for my newsletter or follow me on facebook!  

Happy Stamping!


Stampin' Up! Butterfly Brilliance Birthday Card

Hi!  Yay for Saturday!  Are you enjoying your Saturday?  I am.  It's a beautiful sunny day here, which is my favorite!  I'm soaking ...