Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, Animals, Sponge Dauber, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers, Winter Holiday

Freezin’ Fun One of my Stampin’ Up!® Favorites

Hello fellow crafters! The Freezin’ Fun stamp set is one of my personal favorites from the 2020 August-December Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalog. It is still available! But not for long. It will be one of the stamp sets retiring on January 4, 2021.

Late December and January is definitely Freezin’! We usually go up to the mountains and spend a couple of days skiing. Probably won’t go this year. It is a lot of fun though!

Supplies

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Misty Moonlight CS: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches; Magenta Madness CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: 3 3/4 x 5 inches, 2 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches and 2 1/2 x 6 inches.

Stamping

Use the Memento Black ink to stamp one each of the Freezin’ Fun characters and several trees.

Sponging the Snowdrifts

First cut a wavy line through the 2 1/2 x 6 inch Whisper White CS. This will be the mask for the snowdrifts.

Secure the mask with Sticky Note tape or Painters Tape. Dab the Sponge Dauber onto the Misty Moonlight ink pad. Using a circular motion, try the sponging out on the scrap paper, then continuing to use a small circular motion apply the ink along the edge of the mask. Apply more ink to the Sponge Dauber as needed.

Move the mask to the lower left hand quadrant and Sponge Daub another snowdrift, then move it to the right for one last snowdrift.

Subsequently apply the other side of the snowdrift mask to the bottom of the inside of the Whisper White CS card base. Resume the Sponge Daubing as before.

I felt that the background was too white and uninteresting so I used the Sponge Dauber to color the sky so it would look like a cloudy winter sky.

Coloring the Images

Now for the fun! I love using these Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers because they allow you to color with shadows so easily. The colors used today are: the Light and Dark of Magenta Madness, Misty Moonlight, Just Jade and Cinnamon Cider which are the In Colors for 2020-2022. Also used are the Light and Dark Smoky Slate, Light Basic Black and Dark Pumpkin Pie.

Color the images as desired. Some tips: For the smaller spaces I use the Dark color first where I want the shadow, then blend in the Light color. Try to color lightly so that the ink doesn’t bleed over the lines. If this happens, there is a Color Lifter that can be used to correct it.

Now to fussy cut everything. If you have a Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine there are Freezin’ Friends dies you can use. If not, sit down to a little tv and fussy cut. I find it to be very meditative.

Creating the Scene

Initially, place the two little trees on the top of the snowdrifts and adhere them to the card front. Secondly, put in place the images you would like to use and adhere them with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Next put in place the images you want to use on the inside of the card and adhere them. Lastly, add the happy penguin with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Adding the Sentiment

Stamp the sentiments “‘Tis the season for freezin'” and “Wheeeee!!” in the Misty Moonlight ink onto the card front. Then stamp the sentiment “Sending warmth your way” on the inside of the card.

Putting it Together

First adhere the stamped card front to the Magenta Madness CS, then to the Misty Moonlight CS. Next adhere the two to the front of the Whisper White CS card base.

Viola! You have the cutest card for the cold winter weather!

Thanks for coming by today! I hope you can stay warm and spend some quality time crafting!

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Have a wonderful winter full of crafting!

Theresa

Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Animals, beginner stamper, Cat, Christmas, Designer Series Paper, Punch, Winter Holiday

Stampin’ Up!® Peace & Joy for a Cat Lovers Christmas

Good Morning! I hope you are getting started on a lovely day. I have a really cute card today using the Cat Punch and the Peace & Joy stamp set.

I just love the Stampin’ Up! color Pacific Point. It is just so soothing. I am also in love with the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper (DSP) which is the snowy background. Right now you can get the DSP for 20% off during the Giant Year-End Closeout from December 8, 2020 to January 4, 2021. Shop HERE. Download the complete list of retiring products and discounts below.

The Peace & Joy stamp set has several large sentiments along with smaller strip sentiments to design your own personal sentiment. It is also on the retiring list.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS) card base: 4 1/4 x 11 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches; Pacific Point CS: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches and 3 x 4 inches; Snowflake Splendor DSP: 4 x 5 1/4 inches; and Whisper White CS: 3 x 3 inches, 1 1/2 x 4 inches and 1/2 x 3 inches.

Stamp the “Peace” sentiment in Pacific Point ink onto the 1 1/2 x 4 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp the sentiment “To you and yours” onto the 1/2 x 3 inch Whisper White CS. Note: When using the Photopolymer stamps, you will need something underneath like the Stampin’ Pierce Mat or a catalog to get the best image.

Fussy cut the sentiments with your Paper Snips and set aside.

Use the 2 1/4 inch Circle Punch to punch a circle on the upper portion of the Snowflake Splendor DSP in the middle. The DSP in this photo is upside down. Be sure to push the DSP all the way down into the punch.

Adhere the 3 x 3 inch Whisper White CS to the back of the Snowflake Splendor DSP covering the 2 1/4 inch circle. I am using a Silicon craft Sheet to avoid having the project stick to my table. Flip over and adhere the card piece to the 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inch Pacific Point CS.

Punch the cat out of the 3 x 4 inch Pacific Point CS with the Cat Builder Punch. Adhere the cat in front of the “moon”.

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the “Peace” sentiment under the cat. Adhere the “To you and yours” sentiment under the “Peace”.

Use your Bone Folder to fold the 4 1/4 x 11 inch Whisper White CS card base at the 5 1/2 inch score line. Adhere the cat card piece to the front of the card base.

Viola! You have a soothing card to send some peace to your favorite cat lover.

I really appreciate your visit today. I have been doing a 15-Day Christmas Card Challenge since December 1, 2020 if you would like to go to the previous posts and see lots of handmade Christmas card ideas. Please leave a comment and let me know which is your favorite.

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Theresa

Posted in #simplestamping, 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, Animals, beginner stamper, Christmas, Guys cards, Masculine, Masking Technique, Nature, Outdoors, Simple stamping, Sponging technique, Winter Holiday

Stampin’ Up!® Merry Moose Christmas #simplestamping card

Today I am returning to some simple stamping for my beginner stampers. The Merry Moose stamp set by Stampin’ Up! will not be available for much longer. It retires at the end of December. So if you would like this beauty, order early. Today is the start of the Giant Year End Close Out Sale. Check out all the sales and discounts at the end of my blog.

The Merry Moose stamp set is really fun and perfect for the outdoors person. I will show you a little technique with sponging & masking today to get the snowdrift.

Measurements: Shaded Spruce Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: two at 4 x 5 1/4 inches; white copy paper: 4 x 6 inches.

Cut the 4 x 6 inch piece of copy paper as shown. This will be the mask to make the snowdrift.

Place the copy paper over one of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS card pieces. Use a removable tape runner if needed to hold it in place. Using a sponge and the Balmy Blue ink dab the sponge on the ink. Sponge the ink onto the Whisper White CS in a gentle circular motion along the edge of the mask. Then sponge lightly above that to color the “sky”.

Leaving the mask in place, use the Shaded Spruce ink and the pine tree stamp to stamp two trees. Leave a space between the trees to stamp a third tree. Note: These are Photopolymer stamps and need a little padding from a Stampin’ Pierce Mat or catalog to look best.

Remove the copy paper mask. Stamp the third tree between the other two trees. Leave space under the third tree to put your sentiment.

Stamp the moose in Soft Suede ink. The moose is a Two Step Stamp. Here I stamped the detailed stamp after the plain stamp. However, I stamped the detailed stamp first followed by the plain stamp and felt it was easier for me to see to line everything up. Try it both ways to determine which works well for you. I did Stamp Off the plain moose stamp so that I could see the details on the moose more easily.

Stamp the sentiment “Merry Christmoose” in the Shaded Spruce ink.

Use the Shaded Spruce ink and stamp some pine trees on the other 4 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. I stamped once at full strength. The other two trees are Stamped Off first. Add the sentiment “enjoy the stillness of the season” over the trees. Adhere the panel to the inside of the Shaded Spruce CS card base.

Use your Bone Folder to fold the card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Adhere the front panel to the front of the card base.

Viola! That is all there is to it! This is a great card for the outdoors person and is so fun to make! Plus a little humor is good for the soul!

For those of you who love Bling! as much as I do, here is another version of the Merry Moose card with Rhinestone Basic Jewels added like stars in the sky.

Thanks for visiting today! Please leave me a comment and let me know which card has been your favorite during the first 7 days of my 15-Day Christmas Card Making Challenge.

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Theresa

Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, Animals, beginner stamper, Bunny, Christmas, Fun/Fancy fold card, Nature, Outdoors, Rabbit, Winter Holiday

Stampin’ Up!® Easy Winter Fun Fold with Warm and Toasty

Hello and welcome to my Fun Fold Friday! Today I created a wintery scene with the Warm and Toasty stamp set and Feels Like Frost Designer Series Paper (DSP). This is an easy Fun Fold to do.

These little critters are having a grand time! Perfect for spreading some cheer this winter!

Measurements: Pacific Point Card Stock (CS): 4 1/4 x 11 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches, 4 x 10 1/4 inches with a score line at 2 1/2 and 5 inches, and 1 x 3 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: 3 3/4 x 5 inches, 4 x
5 1/4 inches and 3/4 x 3 inches; Feels Like Frost DSP: 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches and two 2 3/8 x 3 5/8 inches.

Using Memento Black ink, stamp the Polar Bear, Bunnies and Reindeer onto the 3 3/4 x 5 inch Whisper White CS.

Use the Memento Black ink to stamp the Baby Polar Bear onto the bottom right corner of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Using the Pacific Point ink stamp the sentiment “Here’s to a cool yule” next to the Baby Polar Bear.

Finish with the snowflakes stamped in Pacific Point ink. This is the inside of the card. Set aside.

Use the Stampin’ Write Markers in Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Petal Pink, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue and Pacific Point to color the images. Don’t forget to add a little Petal Pink marker to the Baby Polar Bear’s ears and feet!

Adhere the Feels Like Frost DSP to the corresponding places on the 4 x 10 1/4 inch Pacific Point CS piece that has the score lines at 2 1/2 and 5 inches.

Adhere the Baby Polar Bear card piece to the inside of the 4 1/4 x 11 inch Pacific Point cards base after you have used the Bone Folder on the 5 1/2 inch score line to make a crisp fold.

Adhere the Feels Like Frost DSP/Pacific Point CS piece to the front of the card base.

Fussy cut all of the images.

Adhere the sentiment “Warm & toasty wishes to you” to the 1 x 3 1/4 inch Pacific Point CS. Lay all of the pieces on the card front to see where you would like everything to be.

Adhere all of the images to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Now for some Bling! The Rhinestone Basic Jewels are perfect for adding a little more sparkle!

Viola! This easy fun fold is ready to be sent off to wish someone some winter cheer!

Thanks so much for visiting today. I am excited to get into the Holiday Spirit and make some fun festive cards! Please leave a comment and like my blog. I love hearing from you!

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Theresa

Posted in Animals, Gratitude/ Thanks, Guys cards, Masculine

Cardz4Guyz Challenge # 254 Dino Days Thanks

Challenge #254 for Cardz4Guyz is Dragons or Dinosaurs. I didn’t find any dragons, but Stampin’ Up! has a stamp set called Dino Days with several adorable dinosaurs, perfect for a young guy, or any guy who is young at heart. I combined the water and sun scene from Sending Sunshine with the dinosaurs for a prehistoric look.

I was able to make this cute little Tyrannosaurus shiny with some Ranger Perfect Pearls that I won at a craft retreat this last weekend. I also put some of the Perfect Pearls on the card base too.

Here is another look at the Perfect Pearls effect. The Stampin’ Up! ink colors are: Granny Apple Green for the Pterodactyl, Pretty Peacock for the Brontosaurus and Shaded Spruce for the Tyrannosaurus. The sun is Poppy Parade and Mango Melody. The water is Balmy Blue. The card base is Pretty Peacock.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at the Cardz4Guyz Challenge #254 Dragons or Dinosaurs. I had a lot of fun with this one!

Stop by the Cardz4Guyz blog and see the other entries HERE.

Happy Crafting!

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!

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Have a wonderful and creative day!

Theresa

Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Animals, beginner stamper, dog, encouragement, Friendship, Fun/Fancy fold card, Love/Affection, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Friday Fun-fold: Playful Pampered Pets sending loving thoughts

This funtastic Pampered Pets stamp set is perfect for the dog or cat lover! This card is for my daughter who has both a dog and three cats.

This is a very common and easy fun-fold with a slight variation to make it more interesting. I turned the Real Red Card Stock (CS) that goes behind the stamped puppy card piece to make it diamond-shaped.

Measurements: Real Red CS card base is 4 1/4 x 11 inches with score lines at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2 inches; Real Red CS: 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches; Whisper White CS: 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches and 4 x 5 1/4 inches; Playful Pets Designer Series Paper (DSP): 2 1/2 x 4 inches.