Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, beginner stamper, Blender Pen, Coloring Techniques, Halloween, Sponging technique

It’s Live! Stampin’ Up!® August-December Mini Catalog is live today!

I showed a sneak peak of the wonderful and festive Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog with an adorable Winter card on my last blog. Today I am going to show a spooky Halloween card. I will plan on showing a Fall card on Friday. I recommend you spend some time looking through a PDF of the Mini Catalog here and start planning for the holidays coming up now. If you act now, you will have plenty of time to design some handmade cards!

This Halloween card was a lot of fun to make with the Magic In The Night Designer Series Paper (DSP)! Lots of creepy spiders!

Measurements: Blackberry Bliss Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Smoky Slate CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 2 x 3 1/2 inches; Basic Black: 4 x 5 1/4 inches; Magic in the Night DSP: 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches; and Basic Grey 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.

This is the Hallows Night Magic stamp set in the Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog. The design detail on the bats is awesome!

Let’s start stamping!

Oops! First I wanted to show you how to deal with a “halo“. That is when the ink gets on the part of the stamp surrounding the image and makes a mark on your card that you do not want. This is a BIG halo!

One way to fix this issue once and for all, is to trim the stamp. I use a sharp pair of Paper Snips. Others use an Exacto knife. I just trim a little away as shown.

That’s better! I used the Memento black ink to stamp the spider onto the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Smoky Slate CS. This will be the inside of the card.

I added a few of the smaller spiders. I used a straight edge to draw a string of web with the Stampin’ Write Basic Black Marker.

Using the Memento Black ink stamp the larger spider onto the 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch Basic Grey CS. You can fussy cut the spider or if you do have a cutting machine, you could use the Halloween Magic Dies to cut the spider out.

Stamp the frame for the sentiment in Memento Black ink onto the 2 x 3 1/2 inch Smoky Slate CS, then stamp the sentiment “Happy Halloween” in the middle of the frame. Next, squeeze the middle of your Blackberry Bliss ink pad so that you get a little ink on the lid. Use a Blender Pen to take up a little ink and color in the flowers in the frame.

Now we are going to sponge the sentiment to make it more interesting. First I just dabbed the sponge right over the sentiment and around the frame. Next I flicked the sponge along the edge to darken the corners and edges of the card piece. Finally, lay the card piece on some scrap paper and move the inked sponge in small circles to darken more of the edge. Now that is interesting!

Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line on the Blackberry Bliss CS card base. Adhere the Smoky Slate CS stamped with the spiders to the inside of the card base.

Adhere the Blackberry Bliss spider design from the Magic in this Night DSP to the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Basic Black CS. Now adhere the card piece to the front of the Blackberry Bliss CS card base.

I used the Black Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment piece to the card front.

Now some Bling! The Mini Catalog has Self Adhesive Black Iridescent Pearls! I used the Take Your Pick tool to transfer the Iridescent Pearls to the large spider and to a few other spiders in the background. When you move the card around, the pearls look purple, blue and green!

I decided the card needed just a little more Bling! so I added the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to the body of the large spider and to the flowers in the frame.

Viola! You have a very spooky spidery card! So much fun!

A lot is happening today. As I stated above the Stampin’ Up!® August to December 2020 Mini Catalog is going live! Also, Stampin’ Up! has updated their catalog website to make your shopping experience better. There will be new features including the ability to sign off but keep items in your cart so you can come back to shopping later. The new website my not keep your link to my store. Try the link here to go to my Online Store. Please double check to be sure you are still shopping with Theresa McEntee from Bisbee Arizona 85603. Thanks so much for all your support of my small business. I would not be able to do this without your support. Thank you!

Happy “planning to craft”!

Theresa

Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, Autumn, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks

Kylie’s Monthly International Blog Highlights Gallery-August 2020-Stampin’ Up!® Poinsettia Petals Bundle

Welcome to Theresa’s Treasures today for Kylie’s August 2020 Monthly International Blog Highlights Gallery! The Stampin’ Up!® Poinsettia Petals Bundle has been so much fun to create with! I hope you enjoy my card!

I started this card off by stamping a lot of the poinsettias. I set them up on the Stamparatus so I could stamp all the pieces together. Then I colored them in all kinds of colors.

I settled on this particular one for today because of the fall colors. I used the Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers in Cajun Craze and Calypso Coral for the poinsettia, and Old Olive and Mossy Meadow for the leaves. So Saffron is the color for the center of the poinsettia.

I used the same colors of Stampin’ Blends to color a strip of Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper (DSP). The sentiment “Thanks for all you do” is stamped in Cajun Craze and is from the Ornate Thanks stamp set. The elegant border around the sentiment is from the Ornate Layers Dies and is cut in Cajun Craze Card Stock (CS). The card base is Very Vanilla CS.

I added a little sparkle with the Gold Gilded Gems and the gold-trimmed All the Trimmings Ribbon in Old Olive.

I am so grateful for all of you around the world who contribute to Kylie’s International Blog Highlights Gallery. I love to visit your blogs and see your creativity!

I would be so grateful if you would vote for me this time! Thanks in advance!

I hope you have a beautiful and creative day!

Theresa

Posted in #simplestamping, 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, Animals, beginner stamper, Winter Holiday

Sneak Peek- Warm and Toasty

The Stampin’ Up! 2020 Holiday Mini Catalog will go live on Tuesday August 4, 2020! Yes, I know it seems early to start thinking about the holidays. But think of it this way-if you start making your holiday cards now, you will be able to send them out on time! And there is no rush or stress! You have plenty of time to choose the right stamp set and get started.

This jolly polar bear is part of an adorable Stampin’ Up! stamp set with bunnies, a reindeer and cute little mice. It’s called Warm & Toasty.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch card base with a scoreline at 4 1/4 inches, 3 3/4 x 5 inches and 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches; Purple Posy CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 2 x 4 inches; Balmy Blue CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches; Pacific Point CS: 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches; and Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper: 1 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches.

Ink: Memento Black ink. Balmy Blue and Highland Heather Stampin’ Up! inks. Stampin’ Blends colors: Light and Dark Purple Posy, and Light and Dark Balmy Blue.

Using the Memento Black ink, stamp the polar bear onto the 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch Whisper White CS, leaving space to stamp the sentiment “here’s to a cool yule” in the lower left-hand corner.

Use the Memento black ink to stamp the baby polar bear onto the lower right-hand corner and the sentiment “warm & toasty” in the center of the 3 3/4 x 5 inch Whisper White CS. Add snowflakes using the Balmy Blue and Highland Heather inks.

Now use the Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers in Balmy Blue and Purple Posy to color the polar bears scarf and hat.

Adhere the colored polar bear to the 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inch Pacific Point CS.

Adhere the baby polar bear piece to the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Purple Posy CS.

Adhere the Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper by using an adhesive around the edge only. The Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue worked well and did not show through.

Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Balmy Blue CS to the front of the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch Whisper White CS card base after using the Bone Folder to fold the card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Adhere the Plush Poinsettia/Purple Posy CS piece to the left side of the card front.

Adhere the baby polar bear to the inside of the Whisper White CS card base.

There is a new product in the 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog that I wanted to try called Foam Adhesive Sheets. These are like the Stampin’ Dimensionals but they are not cut into small hexagons. I cut them into 1/4 inch strips and applied them to the back of the skating polar bear card piece. This is much easier for me (and my arthritis) than trying to peel off a bunch of the Dimensionals.

Adhere the skating polar bear to the card front and then adhere a bow tied with the new Snowflake Splendor 1/4 inch Ribbon. Sparkly!

Of course, no card of mine is complete without some Bling! I added some more sparkle with the Artistry Blooms Self-Adhesive Sequins. I used the Take Your Pick tool to easily transfer the sequins from the sheet to the card.

I also added some Bling! to the inside of the card!

Viola! You now have one holiday card already made! This one is really very simple to reproduce. I made several to send to my customers with their catalogs.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. Without you, this blog would not be possible. Please leave a comment if you wish.

Stampin’ Up! is in the process of updating the Stampin’ Up! website. As a result, the links I use for the photos of the products used may no longer work after August 4, 2020. If the links below do not work, please visit the Stampin’ Up! website and search for Theresa McEntee, Bisbee, AZ 85603 so I can still be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

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Hope you have a great start on your Holiday!

Theresa