Posted in Butterfly, Fun/Fancy fold card

Butterfly Explosion Card

This is a really great card that I made for a special Fancy/Fun Fold Swap at Onstage in San Antonio. Several people have asked for the directions so I am going to do my best here.

Here is how the card “explodes”!

Start with an 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP). This design is from the Animal Expedition pack.

With the design facing the way you want it, fold down the top to fold it in half.

Open it back up and then take the left hand corner and fold it across to make a triangle.

Open it up and do the same with the right hand corner.

Open it back up. Now fold the left handed middle fold line inward.

Fold the right handed fold line inward. Note that where the 2 fold lines meet, it is the middle of the triangle.

Take the top left hand bottom corner and fold it to the middle. Do the same with the right handed bottom corner.

Flip it over and do the same on the back side.

Open it up and fold the ends inward on the fold line.

Flip it over and fold the backside ends inward on the fold line.

Cut a 4 1/2 x 9 inch piece of coordinating cardstock and score at 4 1/2 inches. This cardstock is Call Me Clover. Apply adhesive to one side and lay it down in the card as shown. Be sure that the top point is on the fold line.

While holding the folded DSP closed, apply adhesive to the topside. Close the card over the top and press firmly.

Open it up and viola! You have an explosion card!

The Fancy/Fun fold swap was so much fun! I got 12 great ideas to use in my classes. I always try to do a fun fold in each class. I hope you enjoyed learning about this card. I really enjoyed making them and swapping them!

Posted in Uncategorized

Exciting New Product!

Here I am in San Antonio for the Stampin’ Up! Onstage with my fellow stamping friends! As a demonstrator you are able to attend Onstage and get the new catalog a few months before everyone else! There are so many exciting new stamp sets! I will show you a few of the cards we made during Onstage with the new stamp sets.

This set is so adorable! It is made with the Free As A Bird stamp set, Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper(DSP) and Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace trim. You will be able to order these on June 4, 2019!

This card is made with the Floral Essence stamp set, Perennial Flower Punch, Perennial Essence DSP, 12 x 12 inch Vellum Cardstock, Perennial Essence Floral Centers and Old Olive Bakers Twine. Isn’t this just lovely! I just love the colorful DSP!

These are made with the It Starts With Art stamp set and Follow Your Art DSP. So cute!

Right now you can still order from the current catalog. Everything that is not in the upcoming catalog is retiring. If you go to my store you will see a tab for “Last Chance Products”. If you have been wanting something, order soon as the retiring products will go fast!

Products from the upcoming 2019-20 catalog will be available for purchase on June 4, 2019.

Posted in Congratulations

Congratulations

This is the time of year I just love because of all the beautiful flowers and blooms everywhere, even here in the desert. This crocus is peeking out from a background of Agave. It always seems a bit too busy though!

I am still in a splint from my joint replacement surgery, but am starting to feel a little better. I have a great card for a congratulations which I had designed for the class I held this past weekend. With the help of several friends, I was able to have class! I would not have been able to do it without Julie, Amanda and Jeanne doing the prep for me! Thank you!

Here is the card which can be used for a variety of congratulatory situations. It is made with Stampin’ Up!’s Dandelion Wishes stamp set which is in the Annual Catalog. The “Congratulations” sentiment is from the Well Said stamp set in the Occasions Catalog.

I am sorry that I cannot do photographs to show you how this is made right now. I hope to be able to so in the next 2-3 weeks. I am trying not to do too much so everything heals up really well. Easier said than done! I hope to have another card to at least show you soon!

Posted in beginner stamper, Birthday, flowers, Simple stamping

Birthday Bouquet

I have a great card for you today using a beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers!

I am still limited by the recent joint replacement in my middle finger which is still healing. I cannot drive which is the worst thing. I can craft though! i just have to keep it simple.

Measurements: Whisper White 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base; Highland Heather 5 x 3 inches, and Whisper White 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches.

You will need several colors of ink for all the flowers. I used Stampin’ Up! Powder Pink, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, So Saffron, Granny Apple Green and Memento ink.

If you were looking to buy just one stamp set to get started stamping, Stampin’ Up!’s Beautiful Bouquet would be it. Not only is there a multitude of flower arrangements you can create, but there are many useful sentiments for birthday, congratulations, wedding, anniversary and thank you – all the great reasons to send a special card. It is just so wonderful to receive a handmade card from someone!

Let’s get started! The first step in creating this beautiful bouquet is to stamp the stems in Granny Apple Green ink slightly off center to the left.

I used the Highland Heather ink with one of the larger flowers. Remember that using an odd number of an image looks more appealing than an even number.

The lilies are done in So Saffron ink.

I added five of the smaller flowers in Powder Pink ink.

I used Gorgeous Grape ink for the center of the larger flowers.

The center of the lily is done in Memento ink.

I used the single leaf and Granny Apple Green ink to round out the bouquet.

Use the “Happy Birthday” sentiment in Highland Heather to stamp in the lower right hand corner of the Whisper White card base.

Adhere the bouquet onto the piece of Highland Heather, then onto the card base.

Well, Sale-a-bration is over, but a great variety of products is available both in the 2019 Occasions Catalog and the 2018-19 Annual Catalog. These catalogs are good until June 3, 2019. Select the shop button above to look through the catalogs.

Hope you enjoyed this Springtime card! See you again soon!

Posted in Bunny, Spring

Bunny Rabbit

Hi Everyone! Hope your Saturday is going well. I am still in a splint from my joint replacement surgery, but I am doing well.

Here is another card that my stamping friend Karen designed and I made with her before my surgery. I just love this bunny rabbit! This is a very simple card but isn’t it soooo cute!

I hope you continue to enjoy the Springtime! I will keep you posted and hope to be demonstrating a card soon!

Posted in Bunny, Spring

Healing

Well, I have had a time of it! I had a joint replaced in my right middle finger on March 18th. The joint failed and had to be revised with a second surgery on March 25th. As a result, I am crafting with just the left hand and it is slow going.

I did want to share this cute card I made with my stamping friend Karen. It is her design. Isn’t it so cute! It is made with the Stampin’ Up! Fable Friends stamp set.

Sale-a-bration is only until the end of this week! If you want the Fable Friends set order now because it will not be available after Sunday March 31st!

Stampin’ Up! products used on this card include: Stamp Set: Fable Friends #148670; Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso and Whisper White; Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper; Punch: Duet Banner; Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins and the items used with the Big Shot: Layering Oval Framelits and the Basket Weave Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

I apologize for the short post. I am going to have to let this second joint heal up well. I will post another card soon!

Posted in beginner stamper, Birthday, Designer Series Paper, Occasions Catalog 2019

Where are Mother Goose and her goslings going?

They are going to a Birthday party! Isn’t this such a sweet card? Stampin’ Up!’s Fable Friends stamp set really lends itself to cuteness! This card is surprisingly easy to make!

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored and folded at 4 1/4 inches, Balmy Blue 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper 5 1/4 x 2 inches, Whisper White 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches.

Additional products used for this card are: Stampin’ Up! Granny Apple Green ink pad, Memento ink pad, Stampin’ Write Markers in Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody, Petal Pink, Pacific Point, Balmy Blue and Crumb Cake.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set.

First stamp the “Happiest Birthday to You” sentiment in the upper left hand corner of the 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White. Tip: Use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat under your cardstock since this stamp is a Photopolymer stamp.

Now stamp the little goslings in the lower left hand corner. Tip: Since this is a red rubber stamp you get the best image when stamping on a firm surface.

Stamp Mother Goose in the lower right had corner. How adorable!

Using the Granny Apple Green ink, stamp the little tufts of grass around randomly.

The most difficult part of this card is the coloring. Use a light touch so the ink does not bleed out of the lines. Starting with the Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Write marker, color Mother Goose’s rain hat. Tip: Use the brush tip to get an even color for most areas. I only use the fine tip for very thin images like Mother Goose’s legs.

Use the Pacific Point Stampin’ Write marker to color Mother Gooses’s cape. Tip:To make the pocket visible, I colored around it using 2 layers of marker, then went over the pocket with only one layer of marker.

Use the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write marker to color the little goslings’ hat. Now use the Balmy Blue Stampin’ Write marker to color a couple of the goslings’ shirts.

Next use the Petal Pink Stampin’ Write marker for the strings on the gosling’s hat and the remaining shirt. Use the Mango Melody Stampin’ Write marker to color Mother Goose’s beak and all of the feet.

Here is the completely colored card piece.

Adhere the Gingham Gala Designer Series paper to the middle of the Balmy Blue card piece. Then adhere the piece to the Whisper White card front.

Apply the Stampin Dimensionals to the back of the Mother Goose card piece.

Peel off the back of the Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhere the Mother Goose card piece to the card front.

Stampin’ Up’s Sale-a-bration is only for another week! Place your order and get your free products now! If you scroll through the previous blogs you will see 3 card examples for each stamp set I used. Each has a complete list of the products I used along with the catalog item number. So make you wish list, select the Shop button on the top of this page and go to my store to place your order as soon as possible. There is a Sale-a-bration tab on the left of the Stampin’ Up! online catalog that will show you the free products available when your order reaches $50.

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Fable Friends #148670 and Picture Perfect Birthday #145519; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Balmy Blue #146982; Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper #148554; Ink: Granny Apple Green #147095 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: B #117147, D #118485 and E #118484; Stampin’ Write Markers: Pineapple Punch in the 2018-20 In Color set #147159, Pacific Point and Mango Melody in the Brights Stampin’ Write Markers #147157, and Balmy Blue and Petal Pink in the Subtles Stampin’ Write Markers #147156; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in Baby, beginner stamper, Bunny, Occasions Catalog 2019, Rabbit

Sweet Baby Bunny

I just love Springtime with all the baby animals I see out in the desert! I used to have a pet bunny, a miniature Lion Head named Snowball. Yes, I know, not a very creative name, but it fit. Snowball loved to lay on his back on my lap. He would actually fall asleep that way! And as you can see I am also a fan of Thumper!

Today’s card showcases the cute bunny in Stampin’ Up!’s Fable Friends stamp set. It is very fitting for a baby card.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored and folded at 4 1/4 inches, Balmy Blue 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches, Gingham Gala Designer Series paper 5 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches, Whisper White 3 1/2 x 2 inches and a strip that is 5/8 inches wide. You also need 1/2 of a Pearlized Doily.

You will need Stampin’ Up!’s Balmy Blue ink, Memento ink and Stampin’ blends in Light Crumb Cake, Dark Crumb Cake, Light Balmy Blue and Light Petal Pink. You will also need the Stampin’ Write Pineapple Punch marker (not shown),

Lastly, you will need a package of Stampin’ Up!’s Pearl Basic Jewels.

The first step is to stamp the “Sweet Baby” sentiment on the 5/8 inch strip of Whisper White using the Balmy Blue ink. Cut to about 2 1/4 inches long.

To cut the banner end, first make a cut in at the center. Next cut from either corner to the center. Viola! You have a nice, even banner edge! Set this aside.

Use the Memento ink to stamp the bunny image on the 3 1/2 x 2 inch piece of Whisper White.

Starting off with the Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend, color the face, paws and body with one layer of marker. On another bunny, I had gone over the marker a second time and it made the face too dark.

Use the Dark Crumb Cake to add a little shading.

Now use the Light Crumb Cake to blend the Dark Crumb Cake. The shadow on the side of the face and on the belly under the shirt is just a second layer of the Light Crumb Cake.

Color the little jacket with Light Balmy Blue.

Add a second layer of the Light Balmy Blue to create the shadows.

Color the inside of the ears with the Light Petal Pink.

I used the Stampin’ Write Marker in Pineapple Punch for the buttons. Isn’t this little bunny so adorable?

Adhere the bunny card piece to the 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 piece of Balmy Blue.

Now adhere the Gingham Gala Designer series paper to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Balmy Blue. Adhere this piece to the Whisper White card base.

Adhere one half of the Pearlized Doily to the back of the bunny card piece.

Use the Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the bunny and doily card piece.

Adhere the bunny piece to the card front.

Add some Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and adhere it to the card front as shown.

I wanted to make this card a little more special so I added a large pearl next to the sentiment and 2 little pearls on the doily. The easiest way to adhere the pearls is by using the Paper Piercing Tool to transfer them.

You can also use other colors to make baby cards in green, yellow or pink, depending on the situation. It is nice to have stash so you are ready when a baby card is needed!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Fable Friends #148670; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Balmy Blue #146982; Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper #148554 Ink: Balmy Blue #147105 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and D #118485; Stampin’ Blends: Light and Dark Crumb Cake combo #144601, Light Balmy Blue #148540 and Light Petal Pink #146866; Stampin’ Write Markers: Pineapple Punch in the 2018-20 In Color set #147159; Pearl Basic Jewels #144219; Paper Piercing Tool #126189; Pearlized Doilies #146936; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in Aqua Painters, beginner stamper, Spring, Squirrel, Watercolor wash background

Springtime Squirrel

Hello! I am back after having a wonderful family visit. I am so grateful to have family to enjoy time with!

I also had a joint replacement in my right middle finger on Monday, compliments of osteoarthritis. This has slowed me down a bit, but I wanted to share these next 3 cards with you as soon as I could, and the first day of Spring is the perfect time for this card!

This little squirrel is just so cute! I will also show you how to get this fun watercolor background!

The stamp set I will use for the next 3 cards will be Stampin’ Up!’s Fable Friends. This is available in the 2019 Occasions catalog. Isn’t it so cute!

Measurements: Shimmery White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored and folded at 4 1/4 inches, Granny Apple Green 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches, Shimmery White 5 x 3 3/4 inches and 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches. Note: I am using the Shimmery White because it holds up to watercolor a little better than the Whisper White. You can use Whisper White if that is what you have.

You will also need Stampin’ Blends Light and Dark Crumb Cake, and Stampin’ Write Markers in Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch and Pacific Point, and a package of Glitter Enamel Dots.

We will be using Stampin’ Up! Granny Apple Green ink, Memento ink and an Aqua Painter.

There are 2 Aqua Painters in a package. For the watercolor wash we will use the larger tip.

The first step is to squeeze the Aqua Painter onto a paper towel to get the water flowing. Then brush the water onto the Shimmery White 5 x 3 3/4 inch paper. The paper may curl up a little. Just push it down flat again.

Now firmly squeeze the back of the Granny Apple ink pad to get the ink onto the inside of the lid.

Put a drop of water onto the lid near the ink and swirl the Aqua Painter in the puddle until there is ink on the Aqua Painter. Apply to the bottom of the paper moving back and forth, and work your way up so you get an ombre effect. When applying more ink, always start at the bottom and work upwards.

Clean the Aqua Painter by squeezing water out onto the paper towel until it is clear again.

Let the watercolor wash dry completely. I just set it in the sun on the window sill. If it is still curled, put it under something heavy to press it straight when it is still a little damp. Using Memento ink, stamp the sentiment ” Happy Spring” in the bottom right hand corner. Oops! I had forgotten to stamp the sentiment on when I first made the card, so the next 2 frames will have the sentiment missing. Oops!

Adhere the watercolor wash panel to the Granny Apple Green 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece, then adhere the two to the card base. Set aside.

Use the Memento ink with the squirrel stamp to stamp onto the 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 piece of Shimmery White.

Use the Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers to color the squirrel. Start with the Light Crumb cake. Try to just put one layer on the face. If you go over it too many times it gets too dark.

Add the Dark Crumb Cake to areas you want shaded. Go over the Dark Crumb Cake with the Light Crumb Cake to blend the edges.

Use the Stampin’ Write water based marker in Mango Melody for the center of the daisy.

Use the Stampin’ Write Pineapple Punch to add a little color to the petals.

The Stampin’ Write Granny Apple Green marker is for the leaf and stem. Tip: I generally use the brush tip except when the area to be colored is very small, like the stem. In this case I use the fine tip.

I used the Pacific Point Stampin’ Write marker for the little sailor jacket. Isn’t he so adorable?

Adhere the finished squirrel to the 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch square of Granny Apple Green.

Apply the Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the squirrel card piece and adhere to the card front as shown.

Using the Paper-Piercing Tool, remove the Glitter Enamel dot in Granny Apple Green from the sheet and place on the upper right hand corner of the card front. Add one more dot to each side to create a corner.

So the same in the lower left hand corner of the card front. I just love how sparkly these dots are!

And now you have made a wonderfully cute card to help welcome Spring! Have a very Happy Spring!

Sale-a-bration is only for another week and a half! Time sure does fly! Remember that you may choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration brochure for every $50 you purchase! Select the Shop button at the top to go to my store for more details. Contact me if you are having any trouble with ordering.

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Fable Friends #148670; Cardstock: Shimmery White #101910 and Granny Apple Green #146990 ; Ink: Granny Apple Green #147095 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and D #118485; Stampin’ Blends: Light and Dark Crumb Cake combo #144601; Stampin’ Write Markers: Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green and Pacific Point in the Brights Set #147157 and Pineapple Punch in the 2018-20 In Color set #147159; Aqua Painter #103954; Glitter Enamel Dots #146934; Paper Piercing Tool #126189; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

 

Posted in beginner stamper, Horse, Occasions Catalog 2019, Sunset

Relax and Let It Ride

Here is my little town of Bisbee Arizona in the early morning before the sunrise. I love to see each sunrise because they are all different. Today’s card looks more like a sunset, but the beauty is still the same.

I would love to be able to ride a horse out into the sunset, but I will have to make due with this card. This card was inspired by one from Jennifer Michael.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored and folded at 4 1/4 inches, Calypso Coral 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Basic Black 5 x 3 3/4 inches and So Saffron 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches.

You will use Stampin’ Up!’s Calypso Coral ink and Memento ink.

Put the So Saffron card piece on a scrap piece of paper. We are going to drag the ink pad across the paper. With mild pressure put the ink pad down on the scrap paper and drag it across the So Saffron several times.

Go across until you like the “sunset”. I was hoping mine would be a little more streaky, but I think the pad may have been too dry.

Keeping the card piece on the scrap paper, use the Memento ink to stamp the pair of horses slightly off to the right.

Add another horse slightly forward in relation to the first pair.

Stamp the third pair of horses to the left of the first pair and slightly forward.

Continue to stamp with the Memento ink and add some trees slightly off center to the right.

Add some more trees to the right and forward in relation to the first set of trees. Now add some on the left side. Isn’t it fun to build the scene!

Stamp the sentiment “Let It Ride” in the upper left hand corner.

Adhere the completed sunset scene to the Basic Black, then to the Calypso Coral.

Now adhere the entire piece to the Whisper White card base. This so beautiful!

Stampin’ Up!’s best sale of the year, Sale-a-bration, is only happening for a few more weeks! After March 31st you will no longer get an awesome free product with every $50 order. Many of the products in the 2019 Occasions Catalog, as well as several of the free products, have been sold out! So get your order in today so you can get everything you want before it sells out!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp set: Let It Ride #148765; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, So Saffron #105118, Calypso Coral #122925 and Basic Black #100082; Ink: Calypso Coral #147101 and Memento #132708; and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.