Posted in beginner stamper, Coloring Techniques, Gratitude/ Thanks, Sponge Dauber

Thankful for Fun Techniques

“It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people that are happy”-Unknown

Whenever I start feeling down or blue I try to remember to think of something I am thankful for. Fortunately I have 4 healthy and successful children, a loving husband and many friends who I am thankful for on a daily basis. I have been truly blessed. The card today was made to express this thankfulness.

I won this Stampin’ Up! stamp set by completing a challenge my friend put out. At first, I didn’t really think much of this set. But after creating this card, and a few more, I began to really like the images.

Measurements: Whisper White 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches, 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches and a 2 1/2 x 1/2 inch strip; Crumb Cake 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Terracotta Tile 4 x 2 1/2 inches.

I am going to share with you today a really fun technique. You will need Daffodil Delight and Cajun Craze Stampin’ Up! ink. We will be using the image with the leaves.

Stamp with the Daffodil Delight and then lay the block on the table with the stamp facing up.

Using a sponge dauber, daub it onto the Cajun Craze ink.

Daub the Cajun Craze ink onto the stamp in patches.

Now stamp the image onto the 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White card stock toward the top of the paper. Isn’t that so cool! I just love how the different colors make the leaves look!

Stamp the tree trunk in Soft Suede ink.

Stamp the pot in Terracotta Tile ink.

Use the Terracotta Tile ink to stamp the sentiment “So Thankful” onto the 2 1/2 x 1/2 inch strip of Whisper White cardstock.

Clean the leaves image well and use the Crumb Cake ink to stamp leaves all over the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Crumb Cake card stock.

Cover the whole piece of card stock with the leaves.

Use the bone folder to fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White card stock at the 4 1/4 inch scoreline.

Adhere the Crumb Cake card stock piece to the card front.

Adhere the stamped image to the 4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Terracotta Tile card stock.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the stamped image piece. I cut my Dimensionals in half so they will last longer. It still seems to elevate the piece just as if you had used a whole Dimensional.

Apply the stamped image piece to the card front, slightly to the left of center.

Cut a banner end onto both ends of the sentiment piece.

Adhere a Stampin’ Dimensional to the right hand side of the sentiment, behind the end of the “Thankful” .

Adhere the sentiment to the card front.

Now for some bling! I just love the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels in the Holiday Catalog!

I use a Piercing Tool to transfer the rhinestones from the package to the card.

I added three rhinestones to the card front.

And Viola!, you have a wonderful card to send to someone and let them know how thankful you are for them!

Thank you for reading my blog. Join me again next week for a Christmas card. Yes, it is time to start getting those cards ready! See you next time!

Stampin’ Up! products used included: Stamp Set: Beauty and Joy #150518; Clear Block: C #118486 and D #118485; Card stock Paper: Whisper White #100730, Terracotta Tile #150884 and Crumb Cake #120953; Ink: Daffodil Delight #147094, Cajun Craze #147085 and Terracotta Tile #150086; Sponge Dauber #133773; Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels #150457; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; and Paper Snips #103579.

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. I would love to help you get started stamping at home. Contact me and let me know what you need. Stamping is cheaper than therapy!!

Posted in beginner stamper, Coloring Techniques, Halloween, Simple stamping

Halloween is Almost Here!

Wow! This month has gone by so fast! I feel as though I have just got my new Halloween and Fall stamp sets and I haven’t had time to play with them! I did make this cute card using Stampin’ Up!’s Spooktacular Bash stamp set.

The Monster Bash Designer Series Paper(DSP) is so silly! And the coordinating stamp of the jars is great!

Measurements: Crumb Cake 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches; Very Vanilla 5 1/4 x 4 inch and 2 1/2 x 2 inch; Pumpkin Pie 5 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch and 3 3/4 x 1 inch; and the Monster Bash DSP 5 x 2 inch.

Using Memento ink, stamp the jars onto the 2 1/2 x 2 inch piece of Very Vanilla card stock.

You will also need Stampin’ Blends combos in Call Me Clover, Basic Black and Gray Granite.

I started with the Dark Call Me Clover using it to outline parts of the frog.

Then I blended with the Light Call Me Clover.

I used the Dark and Light Basic Black on the spider.

Next I added a little Gray Granite in both the Dark and Light onto the bones.

When I was finished coloring, I realized that the panel was too big. I cut off 1/4 inch on each side.

Use the Bone Folder to make a nice fold on the Crumb Cake card base.

Inside the card I added a 5 1/4 x 4 inch panel of Very Vanilla to make it look nicer to write on.

Adhere the Monster Bash DSP to the 5 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch Pumpkin Pie card piece.

Cut the ends of the 3 3/4 x 1 inch pie of Pumpkin Pie into a banner edge. Tip: Cut the center cut first, then from the corner to the center on each side.

Use the Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the banner-edged strip of Pumpkin Pie.

Adhere the Pumpkin Pie strip to the card front. Now adhere the jars piece to the Pumpkin Pie banner.

Oops! Forgot the sentiment. Usually I stamp first so if I mess it up the card isn’t already almost done. Fortunately the sentiment stamped well! Whew!

Use the Mini Glue Dots to adhere a bow made from the Basic Black 3/8 inch Scalloped Edge Ribbon.

And viola! you have a really cute Halloween card!

Stampin’ Up! products used included: Stamp Set: Spooktacular Bash #150544; Paper: Card stock: Crumb Cake #120953; Very Vanilla #101650; Pumpkin Pie #105117; Designer Series Paper (DSP): Monster Bash #150447; Ink: Memento #132708; Stampin’ Blends combos: Call Me Clover #147282, Basic Black #147942 and Gray Granite #149537; Ribbon: Basic Black 3/8 inch Scalloped Ribbon #150449; Adhesives: Mini Glue Dots #103683, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755; Paper Snips #103579; Clear Blocks: B 117147 and C #118486.

Posted in Aqua Painters, Coloring Techniques, Gratitude/ Thanks, Thanksgiving, Watercolor Techniques

Harvest Blessings

Autumn leaves filling up the street; golden colors on the lawn, natures trick or treat.-Rusty Fischer

I just love the coolness and freshness of fall! With the holidays approaching, it is a great time to stock up on some cards. Here is a card of thanks.

This beautiful fall card is a lot of fun to make because it involves using the Aqua Painter to watercolor the background. I CASE’d this card from one done by Peggy Noe. This card is for the more avid stamper as it uses 3 different stamp sets.

Measurements: Very Vanilla card stock card base: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches and a 3 1/4 x 3/4 inch strip; Pumpkin Pie card stock: 5 1/8 x 3 1/8 inches; Fluid 100 Watercolor paper: 5 x 3 inches. You will also need ribbon from the Gather Together combo pack, Leaves Trinkets and of course an Aqua Painter. This card was made with Cajun Craze and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Up! ink.

First you need to use the Aqua Painter to moisten the watercolor paper. Gently squeeze the Aqua Painter until a drop of water comes to the tip of the brush. Now spread water evenly over the watercolor paper. Note: I placed the watercolor paper on my Stampin’ Pierce mat because the first stamp is a Photopolymer. The black paper is just so you can see the watercolor paper better.

Stamp the wheat bundle in Cajun Craze onto the moist watercolor paper. The more water on the paper, the more blurred the image will be. Note: The wheat bundle is from the Stampin’ Up! Gather Together stamp set.

Continue to stamp around the edge. Use the Aqua Painter again to smear the ink a little and add color to the rest of the watercolor paper.

Take the paper off the Stampin’ Pierce mat because the next stamp is red rubber. Keeping the watercolor paper moist, stamp the flower bunch in Pumpkin Pie ink around the edge of the watercolor paper. Note: The flower is from the Stampin ‘ Up! Healing Hugs stamp set.

Use the Aqua Painter to smear the Pumpkin Pie color onto the rest of the watercolor paper. Let dry or use a heat tool to expedite the drying process.

Clean the Aqua Painter by squeezing out water onto a paper towel until it runs clear.

Stamp the sentiment “Happy Harvest Blessings” in Cajun Craze. Note: This sentiment is from Stampin’ Up! Country Home stamp set.

Use your paper snips to cut a banner end on the left hand side. Tip: Start with a center cut, then cut from one corner to the center and repeat on the other side.

Use the bone folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 score line on the Very Vanilla card base.

Adhere the dried watercolor paper onto the 5 1/8 x 3 1/8 inch Pumpkin Pie card piece. Flip over to rub on the back of the piece to ensure the adhesive sticks and you don’t smear the ink.

Apply a glue dot to the ribbon by pressing the ribbon onto the roll. Put a glue dot on each end.

Line up the ribbon on the front, then flip over and press to adhere the glue dots.

Use the Cajun Craze colored twine to tie around the card and make a bow slightly to the left of center. Adhere this piece to the Very Vanilla card base.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment. Tip: I cut my Dimensionals in half to make them last longer.

Position the sentiment on the bottom right hand side of the stamped piece. Use glue dots to adhere the Leaves Trinkets just under the bow.

Tip: Pick up a glue dot with a Pierce tool and apply it to the card front behind the trinkets. This will stabilize the bow and Trinkets so they do not flop around.

And there you have a beautiful fall card!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Gather Together, Country Home and Healing Hugs; Paper: Very Vanilla card stock #101650, Pumpkin Pie card stock #105117, and Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper #149612; Ink: Cajun Craze #147085 and Pumpkin Pie #147086; Blocks: D #118485 and H #118490; Adhesive: Mini Glue Dots #103683, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755; Ribbon and twine: Come to Gather Ribbon Combo Pack #150456; Leaves Trinkets #146343; Aqua Painter #103954, Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199 and Paper Snips #103579. The Take Your Pick #144107 can be used as the pierce tool.

Posted in Avid Stamper, Birds, Birthday, Blender Pen, Coloring Techniques, Fun/Fancy fold card

Fancy Fold Bird Birthday Card

Hello everyone! Today I have a fun fancy fold card. You will be surprised to see how easy this awesome card is to make! It folds flat to fit in a standard A2 envelope. Currently I am visiting family for a wedding in Raleigh, North Carolina. I think this card could easily be changed to a wedding card if needed.

Measurements: 8 x 4 1 /4 inch Petal Pink card stock scored at 1 1/4, 2 1/2, 5 1/2 and 6 3/4 inches.

Additional paper needed: 4 x 2 3/4 inch of Basic Black; 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inch and 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch of Very Vanilla; two 4 x 1 inch pieces of the Bird Ballad Designer Series paper in the floral print and 5 1/2 x 1 1/4 inch piece in the polka dot print; 5 1/2 x 1 1/4 inch of Petal Pink.

You will also need Memento ink, Stampin’ Up! Petal Pink ink and Stampin’ Up! Soft Sea Foam.

I used the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers in : Light Petal Pink, Light and Dark Seaside Spray, Light Crumb Cake, Light Daffodil Delight and Light Granny Apple Green.

Here’s how to make this wonderful card. First fold the card base as shown above.

The following images are from Stampin’ Up!’s Free As A Bird stamp set. Using the Stamp Off Technique, stamp the leaves with the Sea Foam ink onto the 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Very Vanilla. This means you will first stamp onto a scrap of paper, then onto the card piece. This gives a faded image which is good since we will be stamping a sentiment over it.

Use the Stamp Off Technique again in the Petal Pink ink to stamp the flowers around the leaves.

Use the Memento ink to stamp the sentiment over the leaves and flowers. The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from Stampin’ Up!s Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set. Set this aside.

Stamp the single bird in Memento ink onto the inch piece of Very Vanilla. Gather your alcohol markers.

Use the Light Daffodil Delight to color the beak and feet. Then use the Light Petal Pink to color the birds breast.

Using gentle brush strokes and the Light Balmy Blue, color the birds feathers. Apply the Light Crumb Cake around the body of the bird.

Use the Light and Dark Petal Pink to blend the Crumb Cake around the breast. Use the Light and Dark Balmy Blue to blend in the Crumb Cake in the feathers of the body.

Light Granny Apple Green was used for the grass.

Now get your Paper Snips to “fussy cut” the bird. This just means we are cutting the image out freehand. I leave a little border, but others will cut right on the line. Choose what looks best to you.

I like to use the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid glue, but you can also use any double sided stick tape. Apply the Bird Ballad Designer Series paper floral print to the ends of the card base.

Adhere the sentiment piece to the Basic Black. Adhere the completed piece to the center of the card base.

Adhere the Bird Ballad Designer Series paper polka dot print to the Petal Pink rectangle.

To adhere the polka dot piece to the card front, fold the left side down. Apply adhesive to the bottom end of both sided on the floral print, lay down the polka dot piece and hold in place with everything flat until the adhesive is stuck down.

Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the single bird and adhere it to the card front on the left hand side.

Use the Mini Glue Dots to adhere a bow made from the 3/8 inch Scalloped Lace Trim to the card front near the single bird. If you need help making a bow, see my blog about tying a bow which is from 02/2019: https://theresas-treasures.com/2019/02/15/making-a-bow/

Adhere one of the Flower Faceted Gems to the card front next to the bird.

And believe it or not that is all there is to this card!

Promotion!! I am having a Summer promotion. For every $30 ordered at my store, you can earn 3 tickets. The prize will be: the Free as a Bird stamp set, Bird Ballad DSP, a roll of 3/8 inch Scalloped Lace Trim, Memento ink and the Flower Faceted Gems–valued at over $50! The drawing with be on September 14, 2019. Good luck!

Stampin’ Up! Products used include: Stamp Sets: Free As A Bird #149468 and Itty Bitty Greetings #151331; Cardstock: Petal Pink #146985, Basic Black #121045 and Very Vanilla #101650; Designer Series Paper: Bird Ballad #149592; Ink: Soft Sea Foam #147102, Petal Pink #147108 and Memento #132708; Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers: Light Petal Pink #146866, Light and Dark Seaside Spray #149569, Light Crumb Cake #144582, Light Daffodil Delight #144586 and Light Granny Apple Green #146876; 3/8 inch Scalloped Lace #149593; Flower Faceted Gems #149479; Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755; Paper Snips #103579; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430.

Posted in beginner stamper, Birds, Coloring Techniques, Friendship

Coloring a Bird Quartet

I just love the Free As A Bird stamp set by Stampin’ Up!. In addition to the single bird colored for the previous card, there is a quartet of endearing birds! More opportunity to practice coloring with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers!

I again used the Scalloped Note cards and Envelopes by Stampin’ Up! but this time chose the pink. Using the Scalloped Note Cards and Envelopes really makes card making quick and easy. Here’s how I made this card.

Measurements: In addition to the pink Scalloped Note card and envelope, you will need: 4 1/2 x 3 inch Whisper White cardstock and 5 x 1/2 inch strip of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I used Memento ink, Clear blocks B and E, and the following Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers: Light Petal Pink, Light Daffodil Delight, Light and Dark Crumb Cake, Light Soft Suede, and Light and Dark Old Olive.

First, use the Memento Ink to stamp the bird quartet. Side note and tip: Whenever you are using an alcohol marker, you must use Memento Ink or Stazon Ink and not a water-based ink like the majority of the Stampin’ Up! inks. The reason for this is that the water-based ink will smear when exposed to the ink from the alcohol marker, making the edges of the image blurry and the color leaking out of the lines.

I colored the bellies of the birds with the Light Petal Pink. I then added a bit of the Light Soft Suede to the shadows.

I blended the Light Petal Pink with the Light Soft Suede by using the Light Crumb Cake. I followed up with another layer of the Light Petal Pink.

Using the Dark Crumb cake I added a little more shadow, then went back to the Light Crumb Cake to make sure everything blended well. Tip: When adding shadow, use a very small amount of the darker color, then blend it out with a shade or two lighter until you get the effect you like.

I used the Light Petal Pink for the flowers. The leaves were done in Light and Dark Old Olive. I colored the leaves with the Light Old Olive first, then added a small amount of the Dark Old Olive where the shadows were. I used the Light Old Olive again to blend the color. I used the Light Crumb Cake for the branch.

Here is the completely colored bird quartet. Aren’t they charming?

Next I fussy cut the bird quartet. To fussy cut means to cut around the image using scissors, as compared to using a punch or a Framelit to cut around the image. I usually leave a thin white border, although others cut right up to the black line around the image.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the bird quartet.

Before adhering the bird quartet, place it where you want it so you know where to stamp the sentiment. Move the bird quartet out of the way when you stamp the sentiment so that it doesn’t interfere with putting the stamp all the way down on the paper.

Now adhere the bird quartet. I added a 1/2 inch border of DSP to the bottom of the inside of the note card so that it would enhance the scalloped edge and make the card a little more fancy.

That was the quickest and easiest card I have done yet! Fun!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies used include: Stamp Set: Free As A Bird #149468; Ink: Memento #132708; Stampin’ Blends: Light Petal Pink #146866, Light and Dark Crumb Cake Combo #144601 , Light Daffodil Delight #144586, Light Soft Suede #146874 and Light and Dark Old Olive Combo #144597; Paper: Scalloped Note cards and Envelopes #149610; Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper #149592; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and E #118484; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430, Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in Birds, Blender Pen, Coloring Techniques, Gratitude/ Thanks

Coloring Made Simple

Well, Hello!! The last month has been a whirlwind and I do apologize for being absent. As many of you know, one of my sons graduated and we went to Alaska for a great vacation! Now that I am back, it is time to get back to blogging but I must admit, it has been hard to settle down!

I thought I would try to settle down with some coloring, a great way to relax and calm yourself. Today I will show you a step by step way to color with the Stampin’ Blends, or any other alcohol marker you have, to be able to enjoy Stampin’ Up!’s Free As A Bird stamp set and make wonderful images to decorate your cards!

Here is my beautiful and fairly simple card made with the Free as a Bird stamp set by Stampin’ Up!.

One of the coolest items in the 2019-20 Stampin’ Up! Catalog is the Scalloped Note Cards and Envelopes #149610. This really makes card making quick and easy! I started with the blue note card and envelope.

Measurements: In addition to the blue Scalloped Card Base and envelope, you will need : 5 x 2 inches of the In Color 2019-2020 Designer Series Paper(DSP) in Pretty Peacock (the script design); 4 3/4 x 1 inch Pretty Peacock cardstock; 4 x 3 inch Whisper White cardstock; and 4 1/2 inches of the 5/8 inch Whisper White Flax Ribbon.

More supplies needed are: Memento ink, 2 1/4 inch circle punch, Clear blocks C and D, Stampin’ Blends (Light in Petal Pink, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Seaside Spray, Pretty Peacock and Old Olive); Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dimensionals and Paper Snips.

And of course you will need the Free As A Bird stamp set! Isn’t this just adorable? I really love the mixed font for the sentiments and the bird images are so endearing!

The first thing I decided to do was to decorate the envelope. I used the Memento ink with the two flower stamps and made a very simple design on the envelope as shown.

I then stamped the single bird in Memento ink onto the 4 x 3 inch Whisper White cardstock toward the bottom half. Leave room to be able to punch out a circle. Tip: Color first before punching or cutting. I started coloring with the Light Petal Pink to color the bird’s breast. Tip: With alcohol markers use a very light touch to avoid having the ink bleed out of the lines.

Tip: Use small brush strokes to help blend two colors. I added the Light Crumb Cake around the Petal Pink. Then I used the Petal Pink again to blend the edges a little. This takes a bit of practice as well as a little patience.

One way to practice is to stamp a line of about 10 birds onto a piece of cardstock and just color.You will learn your own tricks as you practice!

Again using a light touch with brush strokes, I added Light Seaside Spray to the birds wing, tail and head. You may need to go back and forth between the colors to get everything blended. A word to the wise: Less is more!

I used the Light Pretty Peacock to enhance the tips of the tail and wing feathers, and the “shadows”. Next I use the Daffodil Delight for the beak and feet. Isn’t he such a lovely bluebird?!

Lastly I used the Light Old Olive for the grass. Use the 2 1/4 inch circle punch to punch out the bird. Set aside.

Using the “thank you” sentiment and the Memento Ink, I stamped the sentiment under the strip of Scripty Pretty Peacock In Color DSP. Adhere the strip of DSP to the card front with Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Snail.

Adhere the strip of Pretty Peacock with Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Snail. Cut the ends of the Flax Ribbon at an angle and use Glue Dots to adhere over the strip of the Pretty Peacock.

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the colored blue bird to the front of the card.

And there you have a fairly quick and easy thank you card with some coloring using the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. If you use the prepared Scalloped Note cards and envelopes, you could make a dozen quickly and give them away as a gift! Or just have a bunch of Thank You Notes on hand for when the occasion arises!

It is so good to be back and making cards again!

Stampin’ Up Supplies used include: Stamp Set: Free as a Bird #149468; Punch: 2 1/4 inch circle #143720; Ink: Memento #132708; Stampin’ Blends: Light Petal Pink #146866, Light Crumb Cake #144582, Light Daffodil Delight #144586, Light Seaside Spray #149567, Light Pretty Peacock #149538 and Light Old Olive #144574; Paper: Scalloped Note cards and Envelopes #149610, Pretty Peacock #150880 and Whisper White #100730 Cardstock, and Pretty Peacock 2019-20 In Color 6 x 6 inch Designer Series Paper #149617; 5/8 inch Whisper White Flax Ribbon #148764; Clear Blocks C #118486 and D #118485; Glue Dots 103683, Dimensionals #104430, Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Paper Snips #103579 and Snail Adhesive #104332.