Posted in #simplestamping, balloons, beginner stamper, Cars, Simple stamping, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, Vintage

Take a Ride With Me for the last time

The end of the Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog is fast approaching. The last day to order from this catalog is on June 2, 2020. Ride With Me is a really cute stamp set with an adorable old fashioned pickup truck that will be retiring. There are coordinating Truck Ride Dies with which you can put together a 3D truck. Today’s card will be simple and straightforward. My mother told me she once drove a Cherry Red pickup truck when she first learned to drive. I made this pickup red in her memory.

There are 2 of the retiring colors on this card – Lovely Lipstick and Blueberry Bushel. I have really enjoyed this set of In Colors and will be sad to see them go.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): the card base is 11 x 4 1/4 inches with a score line at 5 1/2, and you need a 3 3/4 x 3 inch piece for stamping; Blueberry Bushel CS: 4 x 3 1/4 inches; and the 2018-2020 In Color Designer Series Paper (DSP): 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches in Lovely Lipstick.

I initially stamped everything in Memento Black ink. I did not like how the “I ❤ STMPN” blended in with the door.

I decided to try stamping the pickup in Lovely Lipstick ink. The balloons are stamped in Memento Black ink.

I thought the “I ❤ STMPN” stood out a little better when it was stamped in Memento ink on the Lovely Lipstick pickup truck.

I used Stampin’ Blends Alcohol markers in Dark Basic Black, Light Smokey Slate and Dark Daffodil Delight to start coloring the pickup.

The body of the pickup is colored with Dark Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker. I went over the wheel covers twice to make them stand out. I also went along the edge of the door twice on either side of the “I ❤ STMPN”. I colored one of the balloons in Lovely Lipstick.

The Blueberry Bushel does not come in an alcohol marker so I used the Stampin’ Write marker which is water based to color two of the balloons.

I adhered the stamped pickup card piece to the 4 x 3 1/4 inch Blueberry Bushel CS. The card base was folded and burnished with the Bone Folder to create a crisp fold. The 2018-2020 In Color Lovely Lipstick DSP was adhered onto the center of the card front. The pickup card piece was then adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Now for some Bling! I used the Rhinestone Basic Jewels, the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels and the Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels. Lots of color and sparkle!

Using the Take Your Pick tool to transfer the rhinestones to the card, I applied one rhinestone in the corresponding colors to each balloon.

Also added a trio of the Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the Lovely Lipstick DSP.

And Viola! there is your Old Fashioned pickup truck with lots of balloons and bling! If you leave off the “I ❤ STMPN” you could use this card for just about any celebration.

Make sure you take a last look at the Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog and order anything you have had on your wish list now. Time is running out! There is only 1 week left before many products retire!

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Posted in Aqua Painters, beginner stamper, Coloring Techniques, Friendship, Mini Catalog 2020, Sponging technique, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, Summer, Sunset

Sunshine with Floral Essence and Sponging Technique

Today I have a great card for you! This is so simple but so beautiful! I am CASEing (copy and selectively edit) a card from Kathy Clark. We will be doing the Sponging Technique. I made this card especially full of sunshine because I wanted to tell you about the June Paper Pumpkin. Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription you can purchase from Stampin’ Up!. You will get an all inclusive kit every month delivered right to your door! It is a great way to start stamping at home and start building your stamping supplies. Every month you get a stamp set and an ink spot! You also get all the supplies needed to complete the project! You have to order a prepaid Paper Pumpkin for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months before June 10, 2020 to get this Box of Sunshine. Go to my store here and use item #137858 for 1 month, #137859 for 3 months, #157860 for 6 months and #137861 for 12 months. You will get a code via email and go to paperpumkin.com to submit your prepaid code. Then the fun can begin!

Now for the card!

I actually made a mistake on this card. I had intended to put a ribbon around the top two layers, but I applied the glue and had to adhere it to the third layer. I did make a second card which I will show at the end that does have the ribbon.

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches, 5 x 3 3/4 inches and 4 x 2 inches; Mango Melody: 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches; Poppy Parade: 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches.

Sponging Technique: You will need three inks: Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody and Poppy Parade. I have a sponge for each color that is marked with a square of the corresponding cardstock. To see more about preparing the sponges review my blog here . We will be sponging on the 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White CS. Start with the Daffodil Delight ink. Use a light circular motion to sponge the color onto the scrap paper then onto your cardstock. Make a horizontal line of Daffodil Delight covering the lower third of the card piece.

Repeat using the Mango Melody ink for the middle third of the card piece. Next use the Poppy Parade ink.

Use the Aqua Painter to flick little water drops onto the sponged card piece. Watch the spots appear!

Stamp the sentiment “All days are beautiful that begin with you” onto the 4 x 2 inch Whisper White CS. Use the 1 1/2 inch Circle Punch to punch out the sentiment. Adhere the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Adhere the sponged card piece to the 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inch Poppy Parade CS. Next adhere the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch Mango Melody CS to the Whisper White CS card base. Be sure to use the Bone Folder when you fold the card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Now adhere the sponged card piece to the Mango Melody taking care to center it.

Add some of the Holiday Rhinestone Basic jewels to the front. Viola! you have a very sunshiney card that will brighten anyone’s day!

Here is the second card with the ribbon across the middle. The ribbon is the Whisper White Crinkle Seam Binding Ribbon and it was dyed using the Mango Melody Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker. This card turned out a little darker.

Which card do you prefer? With the ribbon or without? Light or dark? Let me know what your thoughts are.

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Posted in #simplestamping, Animals, Aqua Painters, beginner stamper, Coloring Techniques, Friendship, Love/Affection, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog

This Little Piggy is Giving back! #Sharesunshine

Today’s card uses one of the sentiments in the Share Sunshine PDF Download.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: COVID-19 PRODUCT GIVEBACK
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The sentiment for today’s card is on page 11 of the digital download. I printed it on a sheet of Shimmery White Card stock(CS) and then cut it out with my Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer. I printed on the Shimmery White CS because I wanted to do some water-coloring. The Shimmery White CS holds up better with water-coloring than the Whisper White CS does.

Ok, let’s get started putting together This Little Piggy!

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches and a 1/2 inch strip; Shimmery White CS: 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches; Pear Pizzazz CS: 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches; Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

I stamped the little piggy onto Petal Pink CS in Memento ink. I added a little shadow with the Dark Petal Pink Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Marker.

I made the little mask by cutting a rectangle from the 1/2 strip of Whisper White CS. I added stitching with the Stampin’ Write Marker in Basic Black.

I used the Take Your Pick Tool on the Pierce Mat to punch a little hole at the neckline in order to thread the “elastic” for the mask through it. For the “elastic” I used the White Solid Bakers Twine (which is retiring).

I used a Dental Floss threader to thread the Solid White Baker’s Twine through the hole. I secured it on the back of the pig with a Mini Glue Dot.

I pulled the Solid White Bakers Twine up, around and down to make an “X” over the piggy’s snout. I secured the end in place with the same Mini Glue Dot. Glue the mask in place over the “X”.

Squeeze the Balmy Blue ink pad in the middle by laying it upside down on the table and applying pressure to the middle of the pad. This should put ink on the inside of the lid. If not, you could use a drop of the Balmy Blue Re-inker. Use the Aqua Painter (Water Painters) to apply a layer of water onto the Shimmery White CS. Now put some ink on the Aqua Painter, and starting at the top, spread the ink down the paper going back and forth. If the ink is not dark enough, add more ink to the brush and go over the paper again. You may clean the Aqua Painter by squeezing water from it onto a paper towel. If the ink on your paper is too dark, just go over it with the Aqua Painter using plain water. Let dry completely. When dry, adhere the Shimmery White CS to the 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inch Pear Pizzazz CS.

Adhere the Perennial Essence DSP to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Pear Pizzazz CS. Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line on the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS, then adhere the piece to the front of the Whisper White card base.

Use the Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the watercolor card piece and the little piggy. I used 1/2 of a Stampin’ Dimensional on each end of the “i miss your face” sentiment and used glue on the center to adhere it in place.

And Viola! you have a COVID-19 “situation-appropriate” card to #Sharesunshine with someone! Please consider purchasing the PDF Digital Download here: https://covid19.stampinup.com/products/giving-back-us-ca

Thanks so much for stopping by for the “This Little Piggy” card. I had so much fun with this one and I hope you will try it out. The This Little Piggy stamp set is set to retire on June 2 , 2020-so if you want it, get it now at my Online Store by clicking SHOP .

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Posted in Aqua Painters, beginner stamper, Blender Pen, encouragement, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, Watercolor Techniques

It Starts with Art

A lot of us spend a lot of our time working in jobs that we may not like. The easy solution is to change to a job we do like. But that is not always possible. One way to “survive” your job is to “Start with Art”. Being creative is known to help improve your psychological well being. This Stampin’ Up! stamp set is retiring soon, so don’t waste any more time and let’s create a card to help you “Follow Your Art” no matter what your art may be!

This card is so fun because of all the color and the mixed designs! There are also a few Techniques thrown in there as well!

Here is the It Starts with Art stamp set. There are many exciting images to make a host of cards. I decided to use the stack of ribbon since it complimented the Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I chose.

Measurements: Blueberry Bushel card stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches and 4 x 3 inches; Follow Your Art DSP: 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 4 x 3 inches; Coastal Cabana CS: 8 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches and Whisper White CS: two 4 x 3 inch pieces.

Let’s get stamping!

Stamp the sentiment “Follow your art” on one end of one 4 x 3 inch Whisper White CS in Memento ink. Leave space around the sentiment for the Tailored Tag Punch. Flip the Whisper White CS around and stamp the stack of spools on the opposite end.

For coloring the spools of ribbon, I did a bit of experimentation with markers and decided the Watercolor Pencils created the most appealing look. When I used the markers, I did not like the card. I actually thought it was ugly! The Watercolor Pencils made the card look so much better! I did use the Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write marker since there is not a Watercolor Pencil in Blushing Bride. The colors for the Watercolor Pencils are Pacific Point, Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana. One of the Techniques is to use the Blender Pen.

I started coloring with the Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write marker on the middle spool. I tried to only put one layer of ink down and keep the color light.

I colored the top spool and the stripes on the bottom ribbon with the Coastal Cabana Watercolor Pencil. I did color a little darker in areas where I wanted a slight shadow.

I colored the middle ribbon with the Pacific Point Watercolor Pencil. The bottom spool and the ribbon on top are colored in Calypso Coral Watercolor Pencil.

Blending Technique The Blender Pen is a dual tipped pen filled with a specialized solution for easy blending. You just go over the Watercolor Pencil with a light touch and blend the color. To clean off the color, you just write on scrap paper until the fluid from the pen runs clear. I started Blending the Coastal Cabana Watercolor Pencil first.

Next I blended the Pacific Point Watercolor Pencil, and finally the Calypso Coral.

Now we need to fussy cut the spools of ribbon.

Tip: To fussy cut into really tight space, use the very tip of your Paper Snips and make very tiny cuts. I did try just leaving the center of the heart uncut, but I did not like the way it looked. Set this piece aside.

Punch the sentiment out with the Tailored Tag Punch. (I had to photograph this card twice because I did use the Stampin’ Write Markers initially. That is why the spools of ribbon are still there).

Prepare to use the Aqua Painter by squeezing the closed Blueberry Bushel ink pad to get a little ink on the lid. Add a few drops of water to the ink. Place the sentiment card piece on scrap paper as this technique can be a little messy. The black cardstock is just there so the sentiment card piece would show on the photograph.

Splatter Technique Flick the tip of the Aqua Painter on the lid to splatter the color onto the sentiment card piece. Clean the Aqua Painter by squeezing water out onto a paper towel until the water runs clear.

Squeeze the Calypso Coral ink pad and get some ink on the Aqua Painter. Flick the Calypso Coral ink in the same way as the Blueberry Bushel. Allow to dry, or use your Heat Tool to dry the ink more quickly.

Punch a label with the Tailored Tag Punch from the 4 x 3 inch Blueberry Bushel CS. Use the Paper Snips to cut the tag in half lengthwise.

Glue one half of the Tailored Tag Punch to the bottom half of the sentiment card piece. Now glue the other half on top.

Now to stamp the inside of the card. Use the larger button stamp to stamp onto the second 4 x 3 inch Whisper White using the Blueberry Bushel ink. Remember that an odd number of images seems more pleasing to the eye than an even number.

Use the smaller button stamp to stamp in Calypso Coral ink and Coastal Cabana ink.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch Coastal Cabana CS at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Use the Bone Folder to get a nice crisp fold.

Adhere the 4 x 3 inch Follow Your Art DSP to the front of the little card. Adhere the piece stamped with the buttons to the inside of the little card.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Follow Your Art DSP to the 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch Blueberry Bushel CS. Now adhere the little card to the center of the Blueberry Bushel card piece.

This card is a little different. Fun, fun, fun!

We will use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment and the spools of ribbon.

I decided that the sentiment did not show up as much as I would like. I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. I placed it onto the sentiment piece to size it and then adhered it in place.

Adhere the spools of ribbon in place.

Viola! You have a card to keep around to help inspire you to “Follow Your Art”! Or you can send it off to someone else who may need encouragement!

Thanks so much for coming by today! I hope you are doing well, and if not, I hope you have an opportunity to try to start with art to lift up your spirits!

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Posted in beginner stamper, Butterfly, Designer Series Paper, encouragement, Inspiration, Mini Catalog 2020, Positive Thoughts, Punch, Spring

Bonus! Card and Bookmark from one 6 x 6 inch Best Dressed Designer Series Paper!

This is a great way to use most of the 6 x 6 inch piece of a Designer Series Paper (DSP). I know a lot of folks don’t really read a real live book anymore, but you can use the bookmark in your planner, recipe book, Bible, etc. Nonetheless, an inspirational card and bookmark is a wonderful handmade gift to give someone.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches, 6 1/4 x 2 inches, 5 x 2 inches and 5 x 2 1/2 inches; Best Dressed DSP: 6 x 6 inches (I will show you how to cut to 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches); and Melon Mambo CS: 5 x 2 inches. You will also need the following Punches: 1 3/4 inch Circle, Pretty Label, Butterfly Duet and Scalloped Tag Topper.

Using the new Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer, make the first cut on the Best Dressed DSP at 5 1/4 inches.

Turn the paper 90 degrees. The second cut is at 4 inches. The larger piece is 5 1/4 x 4 inches, which is what you will need for the card front. The smaller piece is 5 1/4 x 2 inches. Tip: I labeled the cutting blade “CUT” and the score blade “SCORE” so I would remember which was which. It is so sad when you accidentally CUT when you meant to SCORE!

The third cut will trim the 5 1/4 x 2 inches down to 5 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches. This will be the piece for the bookmark. You will end up with a little bit of left over DSP, but not much.

Now for some stamping! I love the Butterfly Wishes stamp set because there are several different types of butterflies. These two happen to coordinate with the Butterfly Duet Punch. Stamp the larger butterfly in Melon Mambo ink onto one end of the 5 x 2 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp the smaller butterfly in Melon Mambo ink on the other end.

There are two sentiments, one for the card and one for the bookmark. Stamp the sentiment “Love to celebrate you” in Melon Mambo ink in the center of one end of the 5 x 2 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp the other sentiment “It was a perfect day because of you” in the center of the other end. Be mindful about the placement so that the punches will be able to go around the sentiments.

The punches are the 1 3/4 inch Circle Punch and the Pretty Label Punch. Use the Circle Punch to punch out the sentiment “Love to celebrate you”. Tip: I find it easier to use the punches if I lay them upside down on the table and use the heel of my hand to push down firmly and quickly.

Use the Pretty Label Punch to punch out the sentiment “It was a perfect day because of you”.

Punch out a Pretty Label using the Melon Mambo CS.

Use the Butterfly Duet Punch to punch out the two butterflies.

Punch out the smaller butterfly first, then the larger butterfly.

Use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch with the 6 1/4 x 2 inch Whisper White CS to make the bookmark. Tip: This punch is a little different. I do flip it upside down so I can see where the paper is, but you need to squeeze it firmly and quickly to make it punch the paper. It may be better to squeeze with both hands.

Gather all the pieces as shown above to make the bookmark.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 inch DSP to the Whisper White CS bookmark.

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment and the small butterfly. Adhere these to the bookmark.

For a finishing touch, I used 6 inches of the 5/8 inch Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and then tied a bow around it with 10 inches of Whisper White Bakers Twine.

Use the Bone Folder on the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS to get a nice crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line. This is the card base. Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Best Dressed DSP to the front of the card base.

Adhere the Melon Mambo CS Pretty Label to the back of the Pretty Label with the sentiment on it.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment label and the large butterfly. Adhere the sentiment to the card front.

I had to remove one of the Stampin’ Dimensionals so that the butterfly would sit properly over the label with the sentiment.

Tie a bow with 10 inches of the 5/8 inch Polka Dot Tulle and one with 10 inches of the Whisper White Bakers Twine. Use Glue Dots to adhere the bows to the card front.


Viola! You have a beautiful card! But wait……

Viola! You have a beautiful card and a matching bookmark! What a great gift to give to someone to uplift their spirits!

Thanks for joining me. I hope you try this out. It is a lot of fun to make! Remember that the new Annual Catalog is just around the corner, and there are many stamp sets, punches, dies and embellishments which are retiring. Go to my online store by clicking SHOP HERE and look at the Last Chance Products. There are several on sale, some at 60% off! Let me know if I can be of assistance in placing your order. Contact me in a comment on this blog, private message me on my Theresa’s Treasures Facebook page by clicking HERE, or send me an email at: theresastreasures.az@gmail.com. Also notify me if you would like a 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog mailed to you. I would love to have you as my customer!

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Retiring Stamp Sets- Painted Harvest

The new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog for 2020-2021 will be mailed out on May 8, 2020. If you would like a copy, shoot me an email at theresastreasures.az@gmail.com. There are many products that will be retiring and some are now at a great discount. Check the “Last Chance Products” tab in the left hand column at my online store here.

This card started off as a Color Challenge I wanted to be in. A Color Challenge is when someone gives you one or more colors to use in a card. You can create whatever you want. The inspiration also came from wanting to use the retiring stamp sets once more.

Today I mainly used the Painted Harvest stamp set. However, the sentiment is from Piece of Cake and the bee is from Honey Bee.

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches, 4 1/4 x 3 inches, 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches and a 3 x 1/2 inch strip: Lovely Lipstick CS: 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches; and Blushing Bride CS: 4 1/4 x 3 inches.

The Painted Harvest stamp is Two Step Stamp. This means that there are two slightly different stamps that are intended to be stamped on top of one another. These are the two stamps for the sunflower. I am starting with the less detailed stamp on the left.

Stamp three of the sunflowers in a cascade down the 4 1/4 x 3 inch Whisper White CS using Blushing Bride ink.

Switch to the other more detailed stamp of the sunflower. Use Lovely Lipstick ink to stamp right on top of the Blushing Bride flowers.

Using the same detailed sunflower, stamp in Lovely Lipstick along the outside borders of the Lovely Lipstick CS. I call this Tone on Tone because you use the same color for the paper and the ink.