Posted in 3D Technique, Avid Stamper, balloons, Birthday, Guys cards, Masculine

Cardz4Guyz Challenge # 261 Black/Gold

During the holidays I have had a hard time keeping up with all the fun Challenges. This weeks Cardz4Guyz Challenge # 261 Black/Gold is a great one for a very special birthday card. My youngest turns 17 years old on December 31, 2020. (I seriously do not feel that old.) I wanted to make him a very special card because he is a very special guy.

I had to use some of my stash for this card. Wait until you see the inside!

It’s a pop-up! I think my son is going to love this!

Stampin’ Up!® Products used to make this card are as follows: Balloon Adventures stamp set, Balloon Pop-Up Thinlets™ Dies, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Sprinkles Punch, Painted Labels Dies, World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP), Golden Honey Specialty DSP, Gold Foil Sheets, Black Card Stock (CS), Whisper White CS, Memento ink, Versamark ink, Gold Emboss Powder and Gold Thread.

Thanks for stopping by to see my Cardz4Guyz Challenge #261 Black/Gold. See more black/gold or black/silver cards at the Cardz4Guyz blog HERE.

Have a most wonderful New Year’s Eve!

Theresa

Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, 3D Technique, Animals, Birthday, Fun/Fancy fold card

Happy Birthday Fun Fold From All Of Us Stampin’ Up!®

I have an awesome Fun Fold Card for you today! This card is great for showcasing the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper(DSP) which is currently one of the DSP’s on sale for 15% off from October 1 – 31, 2020! It makes a perfect background for the From All Of Us stamp set! This is such a fun card, sure to bring a smile to the Birthday person’s face!

Measurements: Pretty Peacock Card Stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (card base) and 1 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches; Whisper White CS: 3 x 5 1/4 inches, 3 1/2 x 4 inches, and 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches; Pear Pizzazz CS: 2 3/4 x 3 1/8 inches, 1 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches, 7/8 x 5 3/8 inches and two at 1 1/8 x 3 1/8 inches; and the Forever Greenery DSP: 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches and 7/8 x 3 inches.

First I would like to show you how to set up the fun fold Pretty Peacock CS card base. You will need your Stampin’ Up!® Paper Trimmer to be able to make cuts in the middle of the card base. I will be showing you the measurements in the next photo. Here I wanted to show how to place the paper and put the cutting blade to cut in the middle of the paper. Place the left edge of the Pretty Peacock card at the 1 1/4 inch mark with the ruler housing the cutting blade raised. Move the cutting blade to the proper measurement (1 inch), then lower the ruler. Move the blade down to the 5 1/4 inch mark on the ruler with the cutting blade, then lift the ruler.

Here are the measurements for the Pretty Peacock CS card base on Whisper White CS so you can see them better. The solid lines are where you cut.

Turn the Pretty Peacock CS card base and make score lines where the dashed lines are shown here.

To fold the card, first make a mountain at the 4 1/4 inch score line, then a mountain at the 5 1/4 inch score lines. Then you make a mountain at the 1 inch score line and a valley at the 2 inch score line. Use a Bone Folder on all the folds to make them nice and crisp. And that is the card base.

Let’s get stamping!

The group of animals from the From All Of Us stamp set is fairly large. I find it easier to apply an even coat of Memento Black ink if I turn the stamp over and lay it on the table to ink it. Stamp onto the 3 1/2 x 4 inch Whisper White CS.

Stamp the small branch of leaves in the Memento ink onto the upper right corner of the 3 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS.

Stamp the “Happy Happy Birthday” sentiment onto the 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inch Whisper White CS in Pretty Peacock ink. Try as I may, I could not get this stamp to work without leaving a halo (green arrow). Fortunately it is easy to fix.

I made sure I was applying the ink with a straight downward and upward motion. Despite that, ink was still getting on the edge of the red rubber. This makes it easy to see where to do some trimming with you Paper Snips.

Now that the excess red rubber has been cut away, I can get a nice clean stamp of the sentiment.

I used the 1 3/4 inch Circle Punch when I made this card not realizing that the punch had retired. I did try the 1 1/2 inch Circle punch and it does still fit the sentiment. The 1 1/2 inch Circle Punch is current.

I colored with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. I used Bronze for the branch, and the Light & Dark Granny Apple Green for the leaves. Adhere the Whisper White CS with the branch on it to the inside of the Pretty Peacock CS card base.

You are going to laugh– I thought the bird was a Flamingo! After I colored it pink I realized it’s an Ostrich! Oh well, it is a Flirty Flamingo colored Ostrich! The beak is actually Light Poppy Parade. The markers are the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. I used the Light & Dark Granny Apple Green for the turtle. The nose for the bear is Ivory and his belly is Light Cinnamon Cider.

The body of the bear is Dark Cinnamon Cider. The cute little monkey was colored in Light & Dark Crumb Cake. I colored the small bird with the Light & Dark Pretty Peacock. The beak is Dark Mango Melody. I love the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers because they are so brightly colorful and easy to blend.

Fussy cut the group of animals.

Adhere the strips of Forever Greenery DSP to the corresponding strips of Pear Pizzazz CS, then adhere them to the Pretty Peacock CS card base as shown. Adhere the 2 3/4 x 3 1/8 inch Pear Pizzazz CS to the center panel.

I used the new Foam Adhesive Sheets cut them into 1/4 inch strips to add dimension to the group of animals where I adhered them to the front panel of the card base. You could also use Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Use the Sprig Punch to punch 2 sprigs from the 1 1/4 x 3 1/2 inch Pear Pizzazz CS and 2 from the 1 1/4 x 3 1/2 inch Pretty Peacock CS.

Adhere the sentiment circle to the card front by using a 1/4 x 3/4 inch strip of the Foam Adhesive strips (or a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals) and a little adhesive on the monkey. Adhere the sprigs to the back of the sentiment circle.

Yes there is Bling! There just happens to be Butterfly Gems!

I chose the Terracotta Tile colored Butterfly Gems because I wanted them to stand out.

And Viola! You have an awesome 3D Fun Fold Card to wish a “Happy Happy Birthday”!

More about the Designer Series Paper Sale. From October 1- 31, 2020 select Designer Series Papers are 15% off! There are 15 different packs to choose from and they include DSP from both the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and Stampin’ Up! August- December Mini Catalog. Shop my Stampin’ Up! Online store HERE.

Thanks for taking a look today. I hope you enjoyed this cute Fun Fold Card and will give it a try. One of my customers told me this is her “go to” fun fold card. Yay!

The products I used for today’s card are shown below. Click on any photo to go to my online store.

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Have a wonderful and creative day!

Theresa

Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, 3D Technique, beginner stamper, Butterfly, flowers, Fun/Fancy fold card, Gratitude/ Thanks

Fun Fold Friday Flight of the Butterflies

I love butterflies so I try to use the Stampin’ Up! stamp sets with butterflies as frequently as I can. This fun fold card was inspired by one I made with my stamping friend Karen many years ago. This is special but also very quick to make. The flight of the butterflies is stamped with butterflies in the stamp set Beauty Abounds, which is in the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Measurements: Bumble Bee Card Stock (CS): 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 3 inches on the long side, 3 x 8 inches with a score line at 4 inches on the long side, and a 1 1/4 x 4 inch strip; Flowers For Every Season 6 x 6 inch Designer Series Paper (DSP): front: 2 3/4 x 4 inches and background: 4 x 5 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: two 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches and a scrap to stamp an extra butterfly on.

Use the Memento black ink to stamp the side view of the butterfly in each corner, then a little off center. Fill in the space with the forward facing butterfly.

Stamp a side facing butterfly onto a scrap of Whisper White CS and fussy cut. Lay it on one of the 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White CS. Use the Memento ink to stamp the sentiment “thanks” in the center.

Color the butterflies. I used the Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers in Pumpkin Pie and Mango Melody.

Stamp the small flower from Arrange A Wreath onto the Bumble Bee CS and punch it out with the Small Bloom punch. Tip: Before you stamp, check the punch for the orientation of the image. Note that the flower has a star like orientation. Stamp so that the image easily fits the punch.

Use the Bone Folder on the 3 x 8 inch Bumble Bee CS to make a crisp fold at the 4 inch score line. Adhere the butterflies to the “wrong” side. This part of the card will be backward.

Adhere the Whisper White CS card piece with the sentiment to the left side of the inside.

Now working on the 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 inch Bumble Bee CS, use the Bone Folder to fold at the 3 inch score line. Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch piece of Flowers For Every Season DSP to the inside of the card, and the 2 3/4 x 4 inch piece to the front of the card.

Adhere the butterfly card piece to the inside of the Bumble Bee CS card base, centering it.

Close the card and position the small bloom so that it will hold the card closed. Use a Stampin’ Dimensional to adhere the small bloom.

Viola! See how super quick that was! I love the challenge of the more difficult fun folds, but having one that is fun, easy and quick is great!

Here are links to the products used to make this card. Click on the photo to go to my Online Store.

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Thanks for joining me on this Friday. I hope you have a restorative weekend. Happy crafting!

Theresa

Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, 3D Technique, Autumn, Avid Stamper, Coloring Techniques, flowers, Fun/Fancy fold card, Gratitude/ Thanks, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers, Thanksgiving

Fun Fold Friday Box Pop Up Card with Country Home and Jar of Flowers and Coloring Tips

First I just want to take a moment to remember and reflect on all of those affected by the horrific events on September 11, 2001.

For today I have a special fun fold for you. This is a little challenging, but I will give step by step instructions. Warning, there are a lot of photos to help show how I created this card.

The Country Home and Jar of Flowers stamp sets pair together nicely. I love the sunflowers because they remind me of the approaching Autumn with their golden yellow and brown colors. The pop-up box of flowers on the inside of the card is a nice surprise!

Measurements: Cajun Craze Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Crumb Cake CS: 5 1/4 x 8 inches with a score line at 4 inches, 3 3/4 x 5 inches and 1 x 3 inches; Very Vanilla CS: 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches, 3 x 5 inches, 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches and two 1 x 1 1/2 inches.

I drew dark solid lines to indicate cutting and dashed lines for scoring. You do not need to draw the lines. First you are going to cut the 5 1/4 x 8 inch Crumb Cake CS that has the score line at 4 inches. Using your Paper Trimmer place the 5 1/2 inch side on top with the left edge at 1 inch. Cut from 2 1/2 to 5 1/2 inches. Move the left edge to 2 1/2 and make the same cut.

Turn the Crumb Cake CS until the 8 inch side is on top. With the left edge at 2 1/2 inches make a score line between the cuts from 1 inch to 2 1/2 inches. Move the left edge to 5 1/2 inches and make another score line like the first. Now you can fold the card piece so that a little box pops out.

Flip the Crumb Cake card piece and place it inside the Cajun Craze CS card base to get an idea of what it will look like.

Cut the 1 x 3 inch Crumb Cake CS in half at 1 1/2 inches. Make a scoreline at 1 inch lengthwise. Trim the corners as shown. These will be the flaps for the box top. Adhere the box flaps.

Close the card piece after you adhere the box tops to ensure it will lie flat. If not, trim the corners of the flaps a little more.

Now for the stamping! Use the Memento black ink to stamp the images that will be colored with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. Tip: The Memento does not bleed as much as the regular ink when colored with the alcohol marker. Stamp the milk can from the Country Home stamp set onto the bottom of the 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inch Very Vanilla CS. Stamp the bunch of sunflowers from the Jar of Flowers stamp set above the milk can, and onto the 3 x 5 inch Very Vanilla CS. Tip: To get the best stamped image with the Photopolymer stamp, you can use the Stampin’ Pierce mat or a catalog underneath. I simply forgot to use one this time.

Use Early Espresso ink to stamp the sentiment “Happy Harvest Blessings” onto the 3/4 x 4 inch strip of Very Vanilla CS. Next stamp the sentiment “You are the happy to my day” onto the Crumb Cake insert to the right hand side of the box.

I included a lot of photos to show you how I go about coloring with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. This is just one way to go. Feel free to color how you would like. For the sunflowers I used the light and dark version of the following colors: Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Just Jade, Shaded Spruce, Calypso Coral and Cinnamon Cider.

For the small flower, I first colored in with the Light Calypso Coral. Then I colored the Dark Calypso Coral around the edges followed by coloring with the Light Calypso Coral to blend the dark into the light.

For the sunflowers I found it easier to color in the Dark Daffodil Delight first, then add the Light Daffodil Delight.

I added some Light Mango Melody to accentuate the shadows on the petals behind the other petals. I realized I had forgotten the little buds on the right, so I colored them in with the Light and Dark Calypso Coral.

I colored the center of the sunflower with the Light Cinnamon Cider leaving a ring that was not colored in. Next I colored in the very center and added some shading with the Dark Cinnamon Cider. Lastly, I colored the ring with the Light Daffodil Delight.

To color the leaves I started with the Light Just Jade, then added in some shading with the Dark Just Jade, followed by more Light Just Jade to blend the dark in. Lastly, I colored the small leaf fronds with the Dark Shaded Spruce at the base of the leaf, then the Light Shaded Spruce to finish.

The milk can is colored with the Light and Dark versions of Smoky Slate and Gray Granite.

I started with the Dark Smoky Slate and shaded in the borders of the milk can. My goal was to make it appear more rounded. I colored the right side a little more heavily than the left. Next I blended in the Light Smoky Slate followed by the Light Gray Granite. Tip: For better results I have found it easier to use the fine tip first when trying to make the colors gradated .

I added a single coat of the Light Gray Granite with the brush tip to blend everything together. I colored more shading with the Dark Smoky Slate to enhance the darker edges. You may set this aside until later.

I repeated the coloring process for the other two sunflower stamped images.

To prepare the sunflowers to be adhered to the inside of the box, I first cut off the smaller buds and fern frond one image. Next I fussy cut both images. To make them easier to adhere, I added a little tab by adhering the Very Vanilla CS 1 x 1 1/2 inch strips to the back of the sunflowers.

I placed the sunflowers in the box, being mindful to keep the edges in the middle from crossing over the 4 inch score line on the Crumb Cake CS. Next I used the Scoring Tool to score the sunflowers in line with the outer edge of the box. I folded the sunflowers along the score line.

I adhered the Very Vanilla CS tab on the back of the sunflowers to the back of the Crumb Cake CS box, being sure to keep the folded edge in line with the outer edge of the box. Before the glue dried, I closed the Crumb Cake CS to be sure everything was lined up and the card would be able to close. I opened the Crumb Cake CS and applied glue to the folded portion of the sunflowers, then closed the Crumb Cake CS card piece again to smooth it out.

Things are going to get a little easier soon. To adhere the Crumb Cake CS card piece to the Cajun Craze CS card base, first lay the piece in the card and apply adhesive to one side. Close the card and rub firmly.

Open the card and apply adhesive to the other side. Close and rub firmly.

Yay! What an awesome pop-up card!

Adhere the milk can piece to the 3 3/4 x 5 inch Crumb Cake CS, then adhere that to the front of the Cajun Craze CS card base. Be sure to adhere it to the correct side! Ask me why I know this!

Add the sentiment “Happy harvest Blessings” with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Viola! You made it through! I know that was long. The card is really awesome though. I hope you take a chance and give it a try.

Thanks so much for patiently viewing my blog today. Every once in awhile I need a challenge.

Stampin’ Up! products used to make this card are pictured below. Click on any photo to go to my online store or click on https://bit.ly/ShopTheresasTreasures

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Have a great day and spend some time being creative!

Theresa

Posted in #simplestamping, 3D Technique, beginner stamper, flowers, Mini Catalog 2020, Punch

Quick Timeless Tulips Note Cards and Tips

Hello fellow stampers. Sometimes I need to replenish my supply of cards that can be used for a variety of occasions. I like a quick and simple card for this purpose.

These cards are fun and quick to make. I made several different colors in no time!

I loved making these tulip cards so much I made a lot! I figured I could use them for Sympathy, Get Well, Birthday and Thank you cards.

The card I am going to demonstrate today is the one in the Stampin’ Up! color Daffodil Delight.

The stamp set is the Stampin’ Up! Timeless Tulips.

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches and 5 x 3 3/4 inches: Daffodil Delight Card stock: 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

The tulip stamp looks better if the ink is not too wet. Tip: Use the Bone Folder to move the ink to the side.

Stamp the largest tulip in the center, then add the smaller tulips. Leave some space between the tulips so that you have room for the leaves.

Tip: In order to keep the stem stamp in the right configuration, I laid it on the Pierce Mat and then picked it up with the block instead of trying to place it on the block. Use this stamp to stamp a stem for the tulip on the right.

Tip: Another way to make sure the stamp is going to stamp a good image, is to put it where you are going to want the image to be, then use the block to pick it up.

Stamp the stem for the middle tulip and the bud on the left.

Now gradually add the leaves. Tip: An odd number of leaves will be more pleasing to the eye than an even number. I added two of the fatter leaf and two of the skinny leaf.

I then added the other skinny leaf to make an odd number of leaves.

Adhere the stamped tulip piece to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock. Adhere this card piece to the front of the Whisper White card stock card base.

And Viola! you have a note card to use in just about any situation that may arise!

This is a very basic card. You can dress it up a little if you wish.

You can add a sentiment.

You can use the Tulip Builder Punch to make the card 3-D.

Lastly you can always add some Bling! I used the Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

I hope you enjoyed this card. If you would like to make one for yourself, visit my store. The products are listed below. The stamp set is in the new 2020 Mini Catalog.

Shop here: https://theresastreasures.stampinup.net/

Stampin’ Up! products used: Stamp Set: Timeless Tulips #151534*; Punch: Tulip Builder # 151295*; Paper: Whisper White #100730 and Daffodil Delight #119683; Ink: Daffodil Delight #147094, Granny Apple Green #147095 and Memento Black #132708; Clear Blocks: B #117147, C #118486, D #118485 and H #118490; Bone Folder #102300; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Champagne Basic Rhinestone Jewels #151193. *The stamp set and punch come together in a bundle for a savings of 10% : Timeless Tulips Bundle #153793.

I hope you have a great day and do something creative!

Posted in 3D Technique, Christmas, Holiday Catalog 2019

Handmade Brightly Gleaming Christmas Ornament

Well it is Christmas Eve! Luckily I have gotten all the shopping done and have started to wrap some gifts. I am very fortunate and Blessed to have all 4 of my children here for Christmas this year!

Today’s post is a little different. It’s an ornament! It is made using Stampin’ Up!’s Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack. It looks difficult, but it really isn’t if you just go step by step. This is a long post but not a difficult one.

Measurements: 12 x 12 inches of 2 designs from the Brightly Gleaming DSP; an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of Pretty Peacock card stock; a piece of the Brightly Gleaming DSP with 2 ornaments on it to use in the center of the ornament; 2 1/4 x 4 inch of Very Vanilla and 2 x 4 inch of Copper Foil.

In addition to the Gleaming Ornament Punch Pack, you will need a 2 inch circle punch, a 1 3/8 inch scalloped circle punch and a 1 inch circle punch.

Punch 30 of the larger ornaments, 20 of the Pretty Peacock small ornaments and 10 of the Brightly Gleaming DSP small ornament.

Also punch a 2 inch circle from the Very Vanilla and two 1 3/8 inch scalloped circles from the Copper Foil.

Punch two of the ornaments out of the Brightly Gleaming DSP with the 1 inch circle punch. (Boy! My table is getting scratched!)

The next step involves making a scoreline down the center of each of the punched ornaments. Stampin’ Up! has a Simply Scored Scoring Tool to make this very easy to do.

Just line the larger ornament piece up and use the tool to make a score line down the center. This makes it much easier to fold the ornament pieces in half.

Do the same for the smaller ornament pieces.

Fold 3 of the larger ornament pieces in half.

Tip: Use the Silicon Craft Sheet when gluing all the pieces together. Nothing sticks to it!

Apply the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue to one side of a folded ornament piece. Adhere a second ornament piece to the first one.

Adhere the third ornament piece to the side of the second. You will have a 3-D 3 piece ornament. Repeat until you have ten 3 piece ornaments.

Fold all of the smaller ornament pieces. For this 3 piece ornament, you will adhere the Pretty Peacock ornament piece on either side of the Brightly Gleaming DSP ornament piece.