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.

Posted in Aqua Painters, beginner stamper, Horse, Occasions Catalog 2019

Runaway Horse

This next card was inspired by one I found on Pinterest by Jane Allmark. Thank you Jane!

I just love this horse! He/She just looks like they are running away from it all, onto something new and better. Such a good feeling!

This card is also made from Stampin’ Up!’s Let It Ride stamp set.

Measurements: Whisper White 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base folded at 4 1/4 inches, Wood Texture Designer Series Paper (DSP) 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Whisper White 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches, and Wood Textures DSP 2 1/4 x 1 inches.

Additional products needed include: Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake ink, Memento ink, Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker in Light Old Olive and an Aqua Painter.

The first step is to apply ink to the horse stamp. For larger stamps, I find it easier to lay the stamp on the table and put the ink onto the stamp. Use Memento ink whenever you want to watercolor or use the alcohol markers.

The first stamp of the horse will be on the right side. Without inking the horse again we are going to stamp to the left.

With each successive stamp, the image will get lighter and lighter. This gives the illusion of movement.

Here is the final image.

Again using the Memento ink, stamp the sentiment “Live as if someone left the gate open” onto the small strip of Wood Textures DSP. I wanted this to look like a wooden sign.

This step is easier with the older Stampin’ Up! ink pads than it is with the new ink pads. Squeeze the ink pad so that ink gets on the inside cover. If you have a new ink pad that is too stiff, apply a drop of the Crumb Cake re-inker to the inside lid. Prime the Aqua Painter with a gentle squeeze to start the flow of water onto the brush tip.

Squeeze a little bit of water next the ink and use the brush to add a little ink. You want it to be very light for the last horse. Apply the ink and water to the horse but do not rub it too much or the paper will “pill”.

When you are finished with the last horse, add some more ink to make it a shade darker for the next horse.

Continue to add a shade more ink to the water with each horse until you have a pretty dark color for the first horse.

Continue to apply the darker color until the horse looks the way you like it. Clean the Aqua Painter by squeezing out some water onto a clean cloth.

Use the Light Old Olive Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker for the grass.

Adhere the completed stamped horse card piece to the Wood Textures DSP. Now adhere that piece to the Whisper White card base.

Use the Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment and adhere to the lower left hand corner of the card front.

And now you can run away with this great card!

Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration is continuing until March 31, 2019. During this time you can select a free product from the Sale-a-bration brochure for every $50 you purchase out of either the Stampin’ Up! Annual or 2019 Occasions catalog.

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp set: Let It Ride #148765; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730; Designer Series Paper: Wood Textures #144177; Ink: Memento #132708; Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers: Light Old Olive #144574; Aqua Painter #103954; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Designer Series Paper, encouragement, Horse, Occasions Catalog 2019, Sponging technique

Running Free

Ever felt like just running away from it all? This horse looks like he is running free, which I know we all dream of occasionally. Stamping offers me a chance to escape and relax. In addition, “taking life by the reins” is also invigorating advice. This next series of 3 cards are going to be with an artfully beautiful stamp set. There will also be several different water coloring techniques demonstrated.

This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest, but there was not any name associated with it. I like to look on Pinterest to get new ideas from time to time, especially if I feel a little creative block coming on.

Here is the beautiful and artistic, as well as graceful, stamp set called Let It Ride by Stampin’ Up!. The images and the sentiments go so well together.

The other awesome product I want to bring to your attention is this Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper stack. The 5 colors are just right for Spring and each comes in a large and small gingham pattern.

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

You will also need Stampin’ Up! ink in Pear Pizzazz and Balmy Blue, Memento ink, and Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers in Light Basic Black, Light Crumb Cake and Dark Crumb Cake.

The following is a short video demonstrating how I use the Sponging Technique to create the background for this card. Enjoy watching!

I hope that video was helpful.

For a larger stamp, I like to ink it upside down. Using the Memento ink, apply the ink to the stamp while the stamp is laying on the table.

Take care to put the stamp straight down and lift straight up. Keep the stamp on the cardstock for a few seconds to allow time for the ink to transfer. That way you get a nice crisp image.

Use the Pear Pizzazz to stamp some trees on the horizon.

Continue to add trees until you like the horizon.

Now I am sure you noticed that we have a “horse of a different color”! We are going to change that with the Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers in Light and Dark Crumb Cake.

We will start with the Light Crumb Cake. Color the entire horse using the brush tip.

I used the Dark Crumb Cake to trace the hair of the mane and tail with the brush tip.

Continuing with the Dark Crumb Cake brush tip, shade in some areas to add dimension.

Use the Light Crumb Cake to blend in the darker areas with the lighter areas.

Use the light Basic Black Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker for the hooves.

Adhere the Balmy Blue Gingham Gala Designer Series paper to the Balmy Blue card piece.

Next, adhere the stamped horse card piece.

Adhere the entire piece to the Whisper White card base.

Viola! You have a great card to send to someone to encourage them and help them keep moving forward!

You will find this wonderful stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! 2109 Occasions Catalog which you can view by selecting the shop button above. During Sale-a-bration you may choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration Brochure for every $50 you order. What a great deal! But don’t delay because some of the free products have already sold out!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp set: Let It Ride #148765; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Balmy Blue #146982; Designer Series Paper: Gingham Gala #148554; Ink: Memento #132708, Balmy Blue #147105 and Pear Pizzazz #147104; Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers: Light and Dark Crumb Cake combo #144601 and Light Basic Black #147940; Stamping Sponges #141337 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Cat, Designer Series Paper, Occasions Catalog 2019, Photopolymer, Punch

Cats will be Cats

My cats rarely misbehave, but when they do it is usually because they are upset about something. I have never had them unroll a ball of yarn, usually it is the roll of toilet paper!

Isn’t this card adorable? I got the inspiration from a stamping friend, Heather, who did a similar card with a Valentine’s theme.

As I sit here typing this Blog into my computer, my cat Anakin is sitting on my lap. Whenever I sit down at the computer he shows up to get some lovin’.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches, Floral Romance DSP (just the other side from the previous card) 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Whisper White 5 x 2 inches and 4 x 2 1/4 inches. You will also need about 36 inches of Stampin’ Up! Silver and Petal Pink Bakers Twine.

Ink: Petal Pink, Cajun Craze and Memento

Use the Cajun Craze ink to stamp the outline of the cat onto the 4 x 2 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White.

Using the Cajun Craze ink again, stamp the spots onto the cat taking care to line up the edges before stamping down.

Insert the stamped cat into the Cat Builder Punch. Line up the edges and apply a light pressure to hold in place. With the punch on the table, push quickly and firmly to punch out the cat. Set aside.

Use the Memento ink to stamp the sentiment “You’re the cats meow!” onto the Floral Romance DSP. Stamp on the upper left hand corner of the DSP.

The Silver Petal Pink Baker’s Twine is composed of 3 strands. We only need the Petal Pink strand.

Pull on the Petal Pink strand until it is separated from the white and silver strands. Set aside.

Lay the cat onto the 5 x 2 inch piece of Whisper White so he is half way on the cardstock. This is to help with placement of the ball of yarn. This is a Two-step stamp. I found it is easiest to stamp the outline of the ball of yarn first. Stamp the ball of yarn onto the bottom right.

Now stamp the solid ball of yarn. This can be somewhat difficult to do. You may have to try more than once to get it lined up properly. If you are having a hard time, try practicing on a scrap piece of paper first.

Place a glue dot with the Paper Piercing Tool at the end of the string on the stamped ball of yarn.

Adhere the Petal Pink twine to the glue dot and apply mild pressure to start to wrap the twine around the cardstock.

Wrap the twine until you reach the top of the cardstock. If you have it too tight the cardstock will bow.

Place a glue dot on the back and adhere the end of the twine to it. Cut off any excess twine.

Adhere the stamped Floral Romance DSP onto the Whisper White card base.

Place Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the piece with the twine wrapped around it.

Peel off the protective covers and adhere to the right side of the card front.

Hold the cat in the position you desire. We are going to put glue on the half that is on the piece with the wrapped twine, and Stampin’ Dimensionals on the half that is on the Floral Romance DSP.

Apply the Stampin’ Dimensionals and the Multipurpose Liquid Glue and adhere to the card front.

And there you have an adorable card to let someone know they are “The cats meow!”

Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration is only until March 31, 2019. For every $50 you order, you may choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration brochure. Not sure where to start? There is a monthly subscription called Paper Pumpkin. Each month you receive everything you need to make a project. This is a perfect way to start stamping. The first kit includes a clear block. Thereafter you will get an ink spot and stamp set each month, along with the supplies needed to complete the project. The kit for March will make 8 Birthday cards and includes an extra free stamp set! You must subscribe before March 10, 2019. See my store for more details. If you order a 3 month subscription to try it out, you will be able to choose a free product!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Nine Lives # 148703; Punch: Cat Builder #144666; Card stock: Whisper White #100730; Designer Series Paper: Floral Romance #148586; Ink: Memento #132708, Cajun Craze #147085 and Petal Pink #147108; Silver and Petal Pink Baker’s Twine #146288; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and D #118485; Mini Glue Dots #103683; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755; Paper Piercing Tool #126189; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199.

Posted in beginner stamper, Cat, Occasions Catalog 2019, Punch, Stamping-off technique, Two-step stamping

Love My Cat

I just love cats! I have had a cat, although not the same cat, since I was in the 9th grade. All of my cats have been very loving and compassionate, helping me through the tough times and celebrating with me during the happy times. This card is a celebration of the love I feel for my little furry friends.

This card is the 2nd in a series of 3 cards I am making using Stampin’ Up!’s Nine Lives stamp set, the Cat Builder Punch and the Floral Romance Designer Series Paper (DSP).

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches, Pear Pizzazz 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Floral Romance DSP 5 x 2 inches, Whisper White 4 x 2 1/4 inches and 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches.

You will also need Stampin’ Up!’s Soft Suede ink, Melon Mambo ink and Memento ink.

Use the Soft Suede ink to stamp the outline of the cat onto the 4 x 2 1/4 inch strip of Whisper White. Stamp towards the bottom of the paper.

We are going to use the Soft Suede ink to add stripes to the cat. Take care to line up the edges before stamping down. Sometimes this takes a couple of tries. This reminds me of a friend’s cat who recently passed away. (The cat not the friend!) In memory of him, I will name this cat Oliver.

Put the strip of card stock with Oliver on it into the Cat Builder punch. Line the edges up and squeeze gently to hold Oliver in place, lay the punch on the table and push quickly and firmly to punch him out. Viola!

Lay Oliver on the Whisper White square to place the sentiment. Using the Memento ink, stamp the sentiment “True Love has four paws” onto the lower left hand cornet.

We want Oliver to be able to speak his mind. Use the Memento ink to stamp the “Meow!” next to Oliver.

Use the Melon Mambo ink and the hearts stamp to put cute little hearts around Oliver. He is a very loving cat!

Add the hearts until you are satisfied with the result.

Use the Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of Oliver. I cut a sliver off of one to put on the back of the tail.

Peel off the backing on the Dimensionals and adhere Oliver to the sentiment piece.

Adhere the Floral Romance DSP to the piece of Pear Pizzazz.

Now to add a little mouse, eek! This is a Two Step stamp. Using the Soft Suede stamp the outline to the mouse onto the bottom right hand corner of the Pear Pizzazz. An example of the solid part of the mouse is on the scrap paper.

We are going to use the Stamping Off Technique on the mouse. I didn’t want the body to be so dark as to obscure the eye. Using the Soft Suede ink stamp onto the scrap paper first, then onto the outline of the mouse. Be sure to line it all up before stamping down. Isn’t that mouse so cute, eek!

Now lay Oliver and the sentiment onto the Pear Pizzazz card piece and stamp a few more of the little hearts.

Use the Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere Oliver and the sentiment to the Pear Pizzazz card piece.

Now adhere the Pear Pizzazz piece to the Whisper White card base, and you have another great card!

Don’t forget to check out the cute kitty card I made on my previous blog. This is a really fun stamp set and there are so many possibilities.

Stampin’ Up! just added more to the choices of free product today! You may choose a free product for every $50 you order. For example, if you order the Nine Lives stamp set, Cat Builder punch, the Floral Romance DSP and a bottle of the Multipurpose Liquid Glue, you can choose a free product! It is that simple! Check it out by going to my store after you select the Shop button above.

Stampin’ Up! products used on this card include: Stamp set: Nine Lives #148703; Punch: Cat Builder Punch #144666; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Pear Pizzazz #131201; Designer Series Paper: Floral Romance #148586; Ink: Memento #132708, Melon Mambo #147051 and Soft Suede #147115; Clear Blocks: B #117147, C #118486 and D #118485; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.