Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Birds, Birthday, Coloring Techniques, flowers, Punch

Posted For You Stampin’ Up!® Birthday Card for beginners

Posted for You is a fun Stampin’ Up!® stamp set in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog that coordinates with the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch.

The Love stamp in this stamp set reminds me of the Love Series of postage stamps. This Love postage stamp I believe is from 1982. I just love the colors and different flowers.

Today’s birthday card has its own Love stamp as well as some birds and flowers.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 4 1/4 x 11 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches (this is the card base), 4 x 5 1/4 inches, three 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches and 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches; Gorgeous Grape CS: 3 1/2 x 4 inches; Highland Heather CS: 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches and 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches.

Use Memento ink to stamp one of each design onto the three 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch Whisper White CS pieces. Stamp the images about 1/4 inch away from the bottom edge so they will fit in the Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch.

Stamp the sentiment “Happy Birthday” in Memento ink onto the 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch Whisper White CS strip. Stamp about 1/4 inch away from the left edge of the Whisper White CS. Note: In this image I stamped too far away from the left edge. When I needed to use the Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch I had to trim off a little for it to fit properly.

Punch all of the stamped images out with the Rectangle Postage Stamp punch.

Punch the sentiment “Happy Birthday” out by using the Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch as shown. Do the same with the 5 /8 x 4 1/2 inch Highland Heather CS strip.

I colored the stamped images with the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 using the colors pictured above.

I used a heavy hand with the darker areas then lightly added color over the top to create a little more depth. Note: If you have a hard time sharpening the Watercolor Pencils, invest in a metal sharpener from an art supply store. I have found that a dull sharpener just makes the pencil tip crumble. Of course, that could also be due to living in the dry climate here in Arizona.

Adhere the stamped images and the sentiment to the corresponding Highland Heather CS.

Adhere the 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 inch Highland Heather CS to the 3 1/2 x 4 inch Gorgeous Grape CS. Now adhere the stamped image piece to the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Adhere the sentiment to the 5/8 inch piece of Highland Heather CS and then to the card front.

To add a little dimension to this card I cut the Foam Adhesive Sheets into 1/4 inch strips and placed them on the back of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS as shown.

Fold the 4 1/4 x 11 inch Whisper White CS card base at the 5 1/2 inch score line using the Bone Folder so you get a crisp fold. Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS panel to the front of the card base.

Viola! You have made a lovely birthday card! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think. What do you like about the post? Is there anything I could improve on?

Thanks for visiting. I hope you give this card a try. I found it to be very relaxing to color the images.

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Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Birthday, Coloring Techniques, Lake/Sea/Ocean, Sea, Sealife, Simple stamping, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Seaside Notions for End of Summer Seaside Birthday Card

This wonderful summer Birthday card was inspired by a swap I received. A swap is a card that you make multiple copies of and take to a stamping event with you. There you will meet others who have made swap and you swap cards with them. Unfortunately I have lost the name of who made the swap I was inspired by.

Measurements: Very Vanilla Card Stock (CS): 4 1/4 x 11 inch card base with a score line at 5 1/2 inches, two 4 x 5 1/4 inch, 2 x 4 1/2 inches and 1 x 3 3/4 inches.

I used Memento ink for the stamping and I colored with Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. I used the light and dark Blend of each of the following colors: Pool Party, Purple Posy, Petal Pink, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.

Using the Memento ink, stamp the sea horse onto the 2 x 4 1/2 inch Very Vanilla CS and the “Happy Birthday” sentiment onto the 1 x 3 3/4 inch strip of Very Vanilla CS.

On one of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Very Vanilla CS pieces I stamped a row of the conch shell, then added the sand dollars.

Next I stamped the snail shell. I filled in the spaces with the clam shell. I added another conch shell on the very bottom left and top right. This is a slightly organized random pattern in my book! Ha, ha! 🙂 

Don’t do this step because it turned out to be a mistake later on but i wanted to share this with you so you won’t make the same mistake. On the inside of the card base I stamped another sea horse and two sand dollars. I recommend that you stamp the sea horse and sand dollars onto the other 4 x 5 1/4 inch Very Vanilla CS piece.

Again do not do this step. Once I used the Stampin’ Blends to color the sea horse and sand dollars, I realized that the markers bled through to the back. Whoa! 😲 The way I fixed it is that I cut the inside panel to be 4 x 5 1/4 inches and made another 4 1/4 x 11 inch Very Vanilla CS card base.

On with the fun. Color the sea horse with the light and dark Soft Suede Blends.

For each of the shells, I decided to add a shadow to the lower right hand side. I did this by first coloring in the shell with the Light Crumb Cake Blend. I then went over the lower right with the Dark Crumb Cake Blend. Lastly I went over the area I wanted shadowed again with the Light Crumb Cake Blend to blend the light and dark together.

I repeated the process with all the shells. The conch shells are colored in Petal Pink. The snail shell is colored in Pool Party and the clam shell in Purple Posy.

Fussy cut the sea horse that is stamped on the 2 x 4 1/2 inch Very Vanilla CS. Place cut up Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on the tail and head, leaving the body without Dimensionals.

Adhere the body of the sea horse to the left side of the Happy Birthday sentiment. Cut a banner end on the right end of the sentiment strip.

Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Very Vanilla CS stamped with the sea horse to the inside of the 4 1/4 x 11 inch Very Vanilla CS card base. Use the Bone Folder on the 5 1/2 inch score line to make a crisp fold.

Adhere the other 4 1/4 x 5 inch Very Vanilla CS stamped with the shells to the card front. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment strip and adhere in place.

Now for some Bling! The Wink of Stella Glitter Brush is perfect for adding a little sparkle to the sea horse.

Viola! You have a fun end of summer Birthday card to send off to someone special. I just love the sparkle!

Thank you for visiting theresas-treasures.com today. I hope you enjoyed this end of summer card. I am looking forward to some cooler temperatures, but here in Arizona it may be quite awhile. Good thing I can craft inside!

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Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Animals, Birthday, Sealife

Fun Fold Friday Whale Done

Happy Friday! You made it through the week- Whale Done! Now for some fun!

The Whale Done stamp set has these sweet sea creatures so you can make a splash with any card! This fun fold is called a Fold Back Card.

The colors used in this fun fold card are:

Measurements: 12 x 12 inch Pretty Peacock Card Stock(CS) card base: cut to 4 1/4 x 11 inches and scored at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2 inches; 8 1/2 x 11 inch Pretty Peacock CS: 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches, 2 1/2 x 4 inches and 1 1/4 x 2 inches; Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper (DSP): small fish design: 4 x 5 1/4 inches, sea horse design: 2 1/2 x 4 inches and the underwater scene design: 3 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches.

Stamp the sentiment “it’s your DAY!” from the Itty Bitty Birthday set in Pretty Peacock ink onto the 1 1/4 x 2 inch Whisper White CS. Trim this down to 3/4 x 1 1/4 inches to fit on the front of the card.

Stamp the sentiment “Hoping all your birthday fishes come true” from the Whale Done set in Pretty Peacock ink onto the center of the 2 1/2 x 4 inch Whisper White CS. Add the little school of fish in several places in Pretty Peacock ink.

Stamp the sea turtle and whale in Pretty Peacock ink onto the 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Position the whale at the bottom as shown so you can use the Whale Builder Punch.

Use the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Marker in Light Just Jade to color the sea turtle. Use the Dark Just Jade marker to color the outer edge of the shell and to enhance the shadowed areas.

Use the Light and Dark Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Marker to color in the middle portion of the whale.

Punch out the whale with the Whale Builder Punch. Fussy cut the sea turtle leaving the same amount of white outline as is on the whale.

Fold the 4 1/4 x 11 inch Pretty Peacock CS card base in half at the 5 1/2 inch score line. Use the Bone Folder to get a crisp fold.

Now fold back the top of the card base. Separate it from the underlying layer to use the Bone Folder. The end result is a “Z” fold.

Adhere the corresponding panels to the Pretty Peacock CS card base as shown.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sea turtle, whale, and the trimmed down sentiment.

Adhere under the sea scene design of the Whale of a Time DSP to the 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch Pretty Peacock CS. Add the sentiment, turtle, and whale.

To apply the top of the card position it then flip it over and make a light pencil mark. This will help you get the Stampin’ Dimensionals in the right place.

Adhere the front of the card to the top panel of the card base. The Stampin’ Dimensionals will not be showing on the under side.

This is the completed card lying flat on the table.

Viola! You have a splashy card to send off to someone and wish them a Happy Birthday!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you try this card. It is not too difficult once you have made it once or twice.

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Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Birthday, flowers, Fun/Fancy fold card, Nature

Fun Fold Friday with Timeless Tropical

I love fun fold cards because they are a little bit of a challenge to figure out. Once I have them figured out, I make a lot of cards with that fold. I learned this fun fold from my stamping friend Karen.

The Timeless Tropical stamp set is great for this card with the big bright hibiscus and the smaller flower as a compliment. The Timeless Tropical stamp set is versatile because it has sentiments for birthday, thank you and hello. I have just celebrated a birthday, so I chose to make a birthday card.

Measurements: Mango Melody 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: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, 3 1/2 x 4 inches, 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches; Rainbow Glimmer Paper: 2 x 2 3/8 inches; Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP): two at 1 1/4 x 4 inches.

The first thing to do is to make the fun fold. Here is what it will look like when complete.

With the 5 1/2 inch side of the Mango Melody card base along the top, make a cut at 1 1/2 inches down to the 4 1/4 inch scoreline.

Just a little side note. This is the new Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer. I could not for the life of me remember which was the cutting blade and switch was the scoring blade. I used my label maker to make labels.

Slide the Mango Melody card base down to 4 inches and make another cut down to the 4 1/4 inch scoreline.

Turn the Mango Melody card base so that the 8 1/2 inch side is on top and the side with the cuts is on your left. Slide the card base down to 2 1/8 inches and make a score line on the middle section only, down to the next cut.

When complete, the score line will look like this.

Here is a birds eye view of the Mango Melody card base with the two cut lines and the score line.

Use your Bone Folder to make crisp folds at the score lines.

Here is what the card base will look like now. Let’s get stamping!

On the 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS, stamp the hibiscus in Magenta Madness ink, the small flower in Mango Melody and the leaf in Granny Apple Green.

You may fussy cut the stamped images, or if you have a cutting machine the Timeless Tropical stamps coordinates with the Tropic Dies.

Stamp the sentiment “May Your Birthday Be Memorable” in the center of the 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Use the Timeless Label punch to punch the sentiment out.

Adhere the 3 1/2 x 4 inch Whisper White CS to the center of the inside of the Mango Melody card base. Apply adhesive to the two side panels as shown.

Adhere the two side panels to the inside of the card base. Now adhere the two 1 1/4 x 4 inch Artistry Blooms DSP pieces to the side panels.

Adhere the Rainbow Glimmer Paper to the front of the middle panel.

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment “May Your Birthday Be Memorable” to the bottom of the inside of the card. Stamp the sentiment “Rest and Relax You Deserve It” in Magenta Madness ink on the inside of the card above the other sentiment.

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the two flowers and the leaf to the Rainbow Glimmer Paper. Be sure the edge of the flowers on the bottom does not go past the edge of the card stock underneath so you can fold the middle up and behind the birthday sentiment.

Viola! You have a very colorful, summery fun fold Birthday Card! However, if you like, you may add some Bling!

The Artistry Blooms self adhesive sequins come in a variety of colors including Mango Melody and Rich Razzleberry which complements the Magenta Madness nicely.

I added three of each color to the side panels. You could also add some to the flowers if you wish. The Take Your Pick tool really makes transferring the self adhesive sequins easy.

Viola! Now you have a colorful, summery fun fold Birthday card with Bling!

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Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Birthday, flowers, Simple stamping, Stamping-off technique

Simple Stamping with Blossoms in Bloom Birthday Card

Believe it or not, this card is made only with stamping! The Blossoms in Bloom stamp set by Stampin’ Up! lends itself to some beautiful bouquets. And the sentiments make this set so versatile! The colors were inspired by Lorraine’s Color Challenge. The colors are so bright and cheerful!

Measurements: Calypso Coral Card Stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 11 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: two 5 1/4 x 4 inches and a 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch strip. The ink colors I used are: Mango Melody, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Bumble Bee and Magenta Madness.

For the large blooms stamp, I apply the ink with the stamp upside down on the table. I find it to be easier to see that the ink is evenly applied.

Stamp onto the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Whisper White CS using Mango Melody ink. Use the heel of your hand to apply even pressure to the center of the blooms to help the ink go onto the paper more evenly.

I added the center of the Mango Melody flowers in Calypso Coral ink. The center is Stamped Off. Next, the leaves are stamped in Granny Apple Green ink.

The five-petaled flowers are stamped in Magenta Madness ink. There are two different designs for the five-petaled flowers. I did the three in the middle with one design, and the two on the outer edges with the other design. Stamp the center of the five-petaled flowers in Bumble Bee ink. I did not Stamp Off but later thought that may look better.

I stamped the tiny five-petaled flowers in Calypso Coral ink. There are also two designs for the tiny five-petaled flowers. I just mixed them as I stamped. I tried to stick with an odd number of each of the colors of flowers. Generally, the odd number is more pleasing to the eye than an even number.

The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is stamped in Calypso Coral ink. I trimmed the strip of Whisper White CS, then cut a banner end as shown.

Adhere the stamped card piece to the front of the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Calypso Coral CS. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment.

I used the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots to add a little embellishment next to the sentiment. I find it easy to transfer the small dots with the Take Your Pick tool.

For this card I decided to stamp the inside panel as well. Start with the Mango Melody ink and the large blooms stamp. I stamped a little to the side so there would be space for writing.

I added the center for the Mango Melody flowers in Calypso Coral after Stamping Off. The leaves are in Granny Apple Green ink. The center of the Magenta Madness five-petaled flowers is stamped in Bumble Bee ink after Stamping Off.

Add the tiny five-petaled flowers in Calypso Coral ink.

Adhere the inside card piece to the inside of the Calypso Coral CS card base.

And Viola! you have a brightly colored Happy Birthday card to send to someone special! This card is sure to send some cheer!

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Flowers For Every Season in Blues

The Flower For Every Season Suite is just so beautiful and fun to create cards with! The Suite includes 2 different stamp sets – Jar of Flowers and Celebrate Sunflowers. The Jar of Flowers coordinates with the Jar punch and the Mason Jar Dome. To see a card with all 3 of the Jar products, check my blog from May by clicking here.

Here is the card for today. The lovely Flowers for Every Season DSP is paired with the Jar of Flowers stamp to match! Let’s get started!

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Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches and two 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches; Just Jade CS (New In Color!): 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches; Flowers For Every Season DSP: 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

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Stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set in Shaded Spruce* ink onto one of the 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Use the Timeless Label Punch to punch out the sentiment. (*I have used Shaded Spruce ink in this blog because the Just Jade ink was not available yet. The Just Jade ink can now be purchased and should be used in place of the Shaded Spruce.)

One really cool thing about the Jar of Flowers stamp set is that several pieces are reversible! First stamp the outline of the bowl in Balmy Blue ink onto the other 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Flip the stamp over. Stamp the background color for the bowl in Balmy Blue by first Stamping Off on scrap paper, then on the card piece. That is so smart!

I used Smoky Slate ink to stamp the bunch of flowers after first Stamping Off onto the scrap paper. I used a sticky note as a Mask to shorten the flower stems. The stems are Stamped Off and stamped in Shaded Spruce ink.

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I am going to use the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils to color the bunch of flowers. However, there is not a matching green Watercolor Pencil. I used a Blender Pen to add a light coloring of Shaded Spruce ink to the stems.

My goal was to try and match the coloring of the bunch of flowers to those flowers on the Flowers For Every Season DSP I had chosen for the card. I colored on top of my new catalog to keep the pencil pressure soft. The blue is the new In Color Misty Moonlight. To match the color with the Watercolor Pencils available I first colored the flowers lightly with the Basic Gray then with the Night Of Navy Watercolor Pencils.

I added some shading with a combination of a little more Basic Gray and a little more Night of Navy until I was satisfied. I used the Cajun Craze Watercolor Pencil for the larger flower, only coloring in the center of each petal.

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To smooth out the Watercolor Pencil I went over the flowers with the Blender Pen.

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The leaves were colored with the Blender Pen and the Shaded Spruce ink. The berries are colored in Melon Mambo Watercolor Pencil and the Pussy Willows are colored in Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil. Finally, I added some more shading to the center of the blue flowers with the Night of Navy Watercolor Pencil.

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I added some “water” in the bowl with the Balmy Blue Watercolor Pencil.

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Punch out a label from the Just Jade CS with the Timeless Label Punch. Set aside. Adhere the Just Jade CS to the front of the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS card base after you have used the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line.

Adhere the Flowers for Every Season DSP to the Just Jade CS on the card front.

Adhere the Just Jade CS Timeless Label to the back of the sentiment label, slightly offset. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the watercolored bunch of flowers and the sentiment to the card front.

Add a bow tied from the Misty Moonlight In Color 1/4 inch Ribbon with a Glue Dot. I plan to make a new video on how to tie bows. I tried today, but it did not work out. Soon I hope.