Saturday, April 17, 2021

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Gala Card - Casually Crafting Blog Hop

Hi!  Welcome to my blog!  I'm so excited to be part of the Casually Crafting Design Team.  We are an international group of Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who want to share our take on casual crafting.  We will share what we love with you monthly.  Be sure to check out the rests of the design team's projects using the links at the bottom of this post. 

This month we are all working off of this sketch, created by Sara Sayers.  My card doesn't look exactly like the sketch, but it was definitely my starting point!  Thanks, Sara, for this inspiration!

At first I wasn't sure where I was going with this card.  I knew I wanted mine to be a small slimline, and I decided on this sheet of DSP from Flowers for Every Season Designer Series Paper right away.   I love these colors!  So bright and happy!  Butterfly Gala seemed like a nice match with this paper, so I decided to give it a try!  

I stamped the butterflies on Shimmery White Cardstock using Staz On Jet Black ink.  Remember to use StazonOn Cleaner to clean your stamp after stamping with StazOn ink. This is an alcohol based ink, so it's best to use when coloring with blender pens, watercolors, or Stampin' Write Markers.  

I chose to use a Blender Pen with Magenta Madness and Bumblee Stampin' Pads to color both butterflies.  Once they were colored, I punched them out using the Butterfly Duet Punch.  

The sentiment was stamped on Basic White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I then cut around the sentiment with my Paper Trimmer, and created a mat for it with Basic Black Cardstock.  

The small butterfly was glued on with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  The large butterfly was attached with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.  Gently bend the wings up a little before attaching. 

For the inside I added a couple of the small butterfly silhouettes along the edge.  

Basic Black Card Base ~ 6-1/2" x 6-1/4", scored at 3-1/4"
DSP ~ 6" x 3"
Basic White (inside) ~ 6" x 3" 
Basic Black ~ scraps
Basic White ~ scraps

Isn't this a cheerful card to let someone know you are thinking about them!?  
I hope you enjoyed this card.  The product list is included at the end of this post.
Be sure to check out the other posts in this Blog Hop using the following links. 
Happy Stamping!




Friday, April 16, 2021

Stampin' Up! Sweet Strawberry


Hello there!  Doesn't this Sweet Strawberry stamp set look great with this paper from True Love Designer Series Paper!?  
To make this card, I started with Sketch 416 from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  

Balmy Blue Card Base ~ 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", scored at 4-14"
Poppy Parade Layer ~ 2-14" x 5-1/2"
DSP Layer ~ 2" x 5-1/2"
Basic White (inside) ~ 5-1/4" x 4"
Scraps of basic white large enough to stamp the strawberry pieces and the sentiment 

I stamped off once before stamping the inside of each piece.  Stamping off is not necessary when stamping the outlines.  
Stampin' Up! is bringing back Black Stampin' Emboss Powder in the new Annual Catalog.  Don't have the black yet? After stamping the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black, quickly sprinkle Clear Emboss Powder over it and set with the Heat Tool.  Don't have either the black or the clear?  That's okay.  Stamp in black, then go ahead and trim around your sentiment with Paper Snips. 

I wanted to show you two ways you could stamp the strawberry for the inside.  Well, they are basically the same, just one minor difference. 
For the strawberry on top, I punched a Post-It note with the Strawberry Builder Punch then used the stem piece to cover where I had already stamped the stem.  By doing this I could stamp the strawberry without stamping on top of the stem.  As you can see, there's a pretty wide gap between the stem and berry.  
For the bottom strawberry, I stamped the stem on a Post-It, then fussy cut around it before placing it over the stem I had stamped on my cardstock.  This made that gap much narrower.  
Both strawberries are okay, it is up to you which way you would like to stamp it.  

Hot Tip ~ it takes the ink longer to dry on the Post-It, so be careful that you don't accidentally smear it all over your beautiful card!  Even if you choose not to fussy cut the stem, you will get ink on the Post-It when stamping the strawberry. 

I forgot to stamp off before stamping the inside of the stem on this strawberry.  Oops!

Happy Stamping!

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Stampin' Up! Posted For You


Hi!   Welcome to my blog!  I am so excited to share this card with you.  It is the first card I have created using a product from the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.  I was inspired by Sketch Challenge #655 at Sketch Saturday  (Measurements and Product List are at the bottom of this post)

After deciding to use this sketch, I looked through the new Pattern Party Designer Series Paper.*  This DSP is in the new catalog and has SO MANY wonderful patterns!  I see myself making LOTS of cards with this DSP in the upcoming Stampin' Up! year.  When I saw this 👇 sheet,  I thought how well it would go with the 'Posted for You' stamps.  

From there, I decided to use some of the colors used on other sheets of this Designer Series Paper set. Out of those colors, Misty Moonlight and Flirty Flamingo were the perfect choice.  (Bonus...I already have those colors in Stampin' Blends!)

The Stamparatus was a HUGE help in lining these stamps up.  Plus, I like to double stamp the outline on stamps like this sometimes to make sure my image is nice and dark.  I also stamped the sentiment twice, so it would be a nice, bold black.  I don't know about you, but I need the help of the Stamparatus to line my stamps up perfectly to stamp like this. 

I was about to attach all the pieces when I glanced over at the sketch one more time.  I had not created a line across the bottom.  What to do?  The thought of adding a strip of the twine I used for the bow crossed my mind.  However, I wasn't convinced that was the best choice.  Then, I decided it might be nice to let a strip of the Flirty Flamingo cardstock peek through the Designer Series Paper.  What do you think? 

For the inside, I stamped the flowers off the edge of the Basic White.  I used the dark blends to color the images on the front of the card.  I think it's nice to have a softer touch on the inside of the card, so I only stamped the image once and used the light blends to color.

While the Pattern Party DSP is new, the Posted For You stamps will be retiring when the new catalog goes live.  Order soon if you don't want to miss this great set!
Happy Stamping! 

Granny Apple Green Card Base ~ 8-1/2" x 5-1/2"
Flirty Flamingo ~ 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" and 3-7/8" x 2-1/8"
DSP ~ 4-3/8" x 4" and 3/4" x 4"
Basic White ~ 3-13/16" x 2" (I stamped a larger piece, then trimmed it down)
Basic White (inside) ~ 4" x 5-1/2"

*The Pattern Party Designer Series Paper is not listed, it is a Host Item that will not be available until the new catalog goes live May 4.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Stampin' Up! Silhouette Scenes

Hello!  As  I was looking at my stamps today, trying decide what to make, I realized I haven't used this great set for a while!  Also, I thought it would be another fantastic opportunity to use Blending Brushes!  

Have you had an opportunity to look at this great combination of stamps and dies yet?  Or, better yet, create with them!?  If not, don't miss your chance.  They both will be retiring when the new Annual Catalog goes into effect May 4, 2021.

Silhouette Scenes
Sweet Silhouette

To create the background, I added just a touch of Mossy Meadow, Pool Party and Night of Navy with Blending Brushes.  I love that you can add as little or as much color as you want with these brushes.  Plus, they are so soft!   

The tree is a tiny bit big to fit on this size card front when portrait like this.  So, I used Paper Snips to trim just a few leaves off and a smidge off the large branch.  Perfect!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Stampin' Up True Love

Hi!  Welcome to my blog!  I hope the card I am sharing with you today makes you smile!  :)
This card started with this lovely sketch challenge from The Spot.  Sometimes when I see a sketch, a card just instantly pops in my head!  This was definitely one of those times. 

I started by cutting this gorgeous True Love Designer Series Paper to the sizes I wanted.
Did you know Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper is double-sided?  The diagonal stripes are on the opposite side of these flowers.  
DSP dimensions for this card ~ 4" x 5-1/4" and 2" x 4-1/4"

After cutting the DSP, I colored the flowers.  I chose to use Stampin' Blends.  
(The colors I used are in the Product List at the bottom of this post)

After coloring, I decided to add a layer of Pool Party Cardstock behind the DSP.  
The Pool Party layers from largest to smallest are
4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
2-1/8" x 4-3/8"
1-1/2" x 3/4"
The small strip of Basic Black Cardstock is 1/2" x 2"

I was so excited to see that Stampin' Up! is bringing back Black Stampin' Emboss Powder!  This is the color I use the most when embossing, I think.  Doesn't it make the 'Smile' really stand out on this card!? 
Once the new catalog goes live (May 4), you will be able to purchase Black Stampin' Emboss Powder in a package with Clear and White Emboss Powders. (Don't want to wait until May 4th? Talk to me about Joining Stampin' Up! so you can order from the new catalog now!  Ordering early is one of my favorite perks!)

For the inside, I stamped the small daisy from the Daisy Lane stamp set and colored it with Stampin' Blends.  I suggest always adding a layer of light colored cardstock (I always use Very Vanilla or Basic White) to the inside of dark cards.  Of course, if you are planning to use a white gel pen to write inside, this step isn't necessary. 

This is the full set of True Love Designer Series Paper.  It is 12 sheets of double-sided patterned paper.  
If you like to color, I highly recommend this DSP!  It is very relaxing to color the pages, and so satisfying to create with those pages later.  Of course, the images are stunning as they are, too!

I am preparing to mail out new catalogs tomorrow.  If you don't currently have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, live in the USA and would like a catalog, let me know.  I will be happy to send you one!
Happy Stamping!

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Stampin' Up! Snailed It - Blog Hop

   Thank you for joining us for our Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator Training Program Monthly Blog Hop!  We are so happy that you could join us today for this blog hop for ideas and creative inspiration.  We are a group of Stampin' Up!® Demonstrators from around the world that are taking part in training that is helping us to build a successful Stampin' Up!® business and reach some goals we have set.  We really appreciate your support.

You may be starting here or have come from another blog - either way you can find the link list at the bottom of this post so that you can see every blog post and idea today.

The theme for this Blog Hop is 'Thank You'.  I am sharing the card that I will be sending you everyone who places an order the rest of April as part of my 'Thank You for ordering'.  I love making, and sending, thank you cards!

I have recently been asked by a couple of people (one was my daughter) to make some mushroom cards using Stampin' Up!'s Snailed It stamp set and Snail Mail Designer Series Paper.  I am enjoying this set and DSP more with each card I make!  It's very whimsical.  :)

Real Red Card Base ~ 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", scored at 4-1/4" 
Bermuda Bay ~ 5-1/4" x 4"
DSP ~ 5-1/8" x 3-7/8"
Basic White Inside - 5-1/4" x 4"
Real Red Banner (before punching) ~ 1/2" x 2-1/2"
Bermuda Bay Banner (before punching) ~ 5/8" x 2-5/8"
Basic White Banner (before punching) ~ 3/4" x 2-3/4"
Basic White scrap at least 2" x 2-1/4" (for stamping)
Basic Red scrap for inside mushroom die cut (optional)

Stamp the mushrooms and color as shown (or however you like).  I used Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers.  
Stamp 'Thank You' in Real Red.  
While your ink dries*, attach the top two layers to the Real Red Card Base. 
Then, use the Pick a Banner Punch to punch the banners and attach those. 
TIP ~ when punching, always turn the punch upside down so you can see exactly where your are punch.  This helps to line up images perfectly, or in the case of this Banner Punch, center your cardstock. 
*It doesn't take long for the ink to dry, but I always like to give it a minute so I don't accidentally smear it.  If you are in a hurry, you can use your Heat Tool to make sure the ink dries quickly.
Die cut the mushrooms, or fussy cut if you don't have the dies. Then attach with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Stamp the sentiment of your choice on the inside.   I also added a (totally optional - 1/8") super thin strip of the Designer Series Paper and a mushroom die cut to the inside. 

Thanks for swinging by my blog today!  Don't forget to check out the links to the other blogs in this blog hop!  There's a clickable product list under the Blog Hop links. 
Happy Stamping! 



Saturday, April 10, 2021

Stampin' Up! Snailed It Notecard


Hello! Has your weather been as beautiful as ours today?  I hope so!  Today was so gorgeous, we decided to go out and buy flowers and a new grill!  Our afternoon was spent planting and putting together the grill, in the glorious sunshine.  Since there wasn't much time for stamping today, so the card I am sharing with you is SUPER quick!

For this card I used a piece of 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Thick Basic White Cardstock, scored at 4-1/4".
I also used a piece of Basic White Cardstock cut to 5-1/4" x 4" (but this one is optional)

I used the large round brush from Stampin' Up!'s Water Painters to add a swirl of Bermuda Bay in the bottom corner of my card front.  
Then, I used Basic Gray to stamp the snail over the inked background. 
Using Bermuda Bay again, I stamped the 'Happy Mail' stamp on a scrap piece of Basic White Cardstock. I cut 'Happy Mail' out with Paper Snips.  
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals were used to attach 'Happy Mail,' but you can also cut a normal Stampin' Dimensional in half to attach it. 

Don't have the Water Painters?  That's fine, you can add the color background with Stampin' Sponges, Sponge Daubers or Blending Brushes.  Don't have any of those?  In the image above, I used a Clear Block C without a stamp on it.  Stamp off once if you would like a lighter background.  

Happy Stamping!

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Gala Card - Casually Crafting Blog Hop

Hi!  Welcome to my blog!  I'm so excited to be part of the Casually Crafting Design Team.  We are an international group of Independent ...