Posted in Birthday, flowers, Stamping-off technique, Two-step stamping

Recovery, Creating, and Sneak Peek all in one

Well it has been awhile since I have been able to type a blog. My middle finger joint replacement is healing well and I am giving it a shot today. We’ll see how it holds up!

One of the best benefits of stamping and creating is that it takes your mind off of any pain you may be suffering from. Stamping allows you to shift your focus to something more positive and fun!

Today I will show you 2 stamp sets that will not be retiring, and a new embellishment coming on June 4, 2019 in the 2019-20 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I will also share several tips and techniques.

Today’s card is a beautiful and fun Birthday card. This is easier to make than you may think. Let’s get started!

I will be using two Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that are not retiring. The first is Painted Harvest and the second is Perennial Birthday. These are both great sets to have in your collection.

Measurements: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White card base scored at 4 1/4 inches; Gorgeous Grape 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 4 1/4 x 1 inches; Whisper White 5 x 3 3/4 inches and 4 1/4 x 1 inches.

This card uses Stampin’ Up! ink in Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green and Soft Suede. You will also need the Stampin’ Pierce mat, paper snips and adhesive. I prefer the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

To add dimension to the sentiment I used the Stampin’ Dimensionals. The embellishment called Bird Ballad Trinket will be in the new catalog available online on June 4, 2019. The clear blocks I used are “B”. “C”, “D” and “H”. (One of the perks about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is that you get to order the new stuff early!)

The first step is to use the Gorgeous Grape ink and stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment onto the 4 1/4 x 1 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Next, apply adhesive to one half of the 4 1/4 x 1 inch piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock, and adhere the Happy Birthday sentiment to it with a little Gorgeous Grape border on the bottom edge.

Tip: To cut a perfect banner , use the paper snips to cut in the middle first. Then cut from one outside corner to the inside of the middle cut. Now cut the other side from the corner to the inside of the middle cut.

Viola! A perfect banner!

The flower is a Two Step Stamp. This means that you are going to stamp one part, then with the same color, and over the first stamp, you will add the second stamp. For this flower I stamped the larger, less detailed flower stamp first. I used Highland Heather ink. Tip: To stamp an organized random pattern, I start in the upper left hand corner and stamp a partial flower. Then I stamp additional flowers moving to the bottom right hand corner, but not exactly in a straight line. I rotated the flower as I went so that the image would not be identical.

Next I stamped the flower in the open spaces to fill it all in.

This is the completed first step of the Two Step Stamping.

The second step of the Two Step Stamp is to stamp the smaller, more detailed stamp directly over the top of the first stamp. You can use a different color if you wish, but I used the same color of ink as I used for the First Step.

Here is the completed card piece done withTwo Step Stamping.

I used Soft Suede ink for the center of the flower. You will need a scrap piece of paper to be able to Stamp Off .

Stamping Off. First apply ink to the center stamp and stamp onto the scrap paper lightly but evenly. Next stamp onto the card piece. This gives a slightly lighter color to the stamped image. It is good to use when using a dark color and not wanting the color to be too strong.

Continue with the stamping off until all of the flowers have a center.

I used Granny Apple Green and one of the leaf stamps from the Perennial Birthday to add some greenery between the flowers.

Use your adhesive to adhere the stamped card piece to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Gorgeous Grape.

Now adhere the card piece to the Whisper White card base.

Apply the Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Happy Birthday sentiment.

Remove the backing on the Dimensionals and adhere to the bottom of the card.

Now to use these wonderful Bird Ballad Trinkets.

I have tried glue dots but they do not last. I recommend a generous amount of the Multi Purpose Liquid Glue. This glue dries clear. Place the trinkets on the glue carefully so you do not have to move them. Leave them be for 20 minutes before moving the card.

And that is all there is to it!

The new catalog is coming June 4, 2019! Here I gave you a sneak peek at some embellishments and non-retiring stamp sets. I plan on showing some new stamp sets soon. For the next 2 cards I will use the Painted Harvest as the main stamp set. That way, when you buy this beautiful stamp set, you will already have 3 different card ideas!

The Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Sets: Painted Harvest #144783 and Perennial Birthday #145760; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Gorgeous Grape #146987; Ink: Gorgeous Grape #147099, Highland Heather #147103, Granny Apple Green #147095 and Soft Suede #147115; Embellishments: Bird Ballad Trinkets #149594 (not available until June 4, 2019); Clear Blocks: A #118487, B #117147, D #118485, and H #118490; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Paper Snips #103579; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

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!