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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Posted in Designer Series Paper, Love/Affection, Mini Catalog 2020, Photopolymer, Punch, Sale-A-Bration 2020, Valentine

Two Heartfelt Hearts

It’s Valentine’s week and it is not just for couples. This is a great time to let someone know just how much you love them.

These two Valentine’s Day cards are just wonderful for sharing your love. Today I will show you how to make the Two Hearts card.

This card is made with the Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt stamp set available in the 2020 Mini Catalog which you can view at my store.

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock (CS) 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches and 5 x 3 3/4 inches, Real Red CS 5 1/4 x 4 inches, From My Heart Designer Series Paper (DSP) 5 x 2 1/4 inches and a strip of the foil hearts from the From My Heart DSP.

Adhere the 5 x 2 1/4 inch From My Heart DSP to the bottom of the 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White CS.

Tip: Since this stamp set is Photopolymer, use the Stampin’ Pierce mat to get the best image. Stamp the sentiment “Roses are red, Violets are blue” in Real Red ink onto the right side of the Whisper White CS portion, just above the border of the From My Heart DSP.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS at the 4 1/4 inch score line. This is your card base.

Stamp the sentiment “Being friends is better than eating candy (but let’s do that too)” on the inside of the Whisper White CS card base in Real Red ink.

Stamp a few heart doilies on the inside with Flirty Flamingo ink.

You can clean the extra ink off of the Stampin’ Pierce mat with a baby wipe or wet rag.

Punch out the foil hearts from the From My Heart DSP using the scalloped-edged heart punch from the Heart Punch Pack.

Adhere the stamped Whisper White card piece to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Real Red CS.

Measure the Red Double-Stitched Satin Ribbon to be about 1 inch longer on each side of the card piece.

Use a Mini Glue Dot to adhere the ribbon to the card piece. Tip: The easiest way to get the glue dot onto the ribbon is to press the ribbon on top of the glue dot while it is on the roll.

I also put a glue dot in the center of the ribbon to hold it in place, then flip the card piece over and adhere the ribbon to the back side.

Adhere the card piece to the front of the Whisper White card base, making sure the inside sentiment is in the proper orientation.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Flirty Flamingo foil heart.

Tip: When you have used all the Dimensionals there is a border left behind. Cut into smaller pieces and use these as well.

Position the two foil hearts, then adhere the Real Red foil heart with Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Snail Adhesive.

Peel off the protective cover on the Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhere the Flirty Flamingo foil heart over the top of the Real Red foil heart.

Next you will need some Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels and the Take Your Pick tool to add some bling. (Sorry about the blurry photo of the rhinestones).

Use the pick end of the Take Your Pick tool to get under the adhesive of the rhinestone and move it into position on your card. Gently press on the rhinestone with your finger to secure it to the card and remove the pick.

I used three rhinestones.

And Viola! my fellow stampers! You have a wonderful card to send to share your love with someone special!

This is the best time of year to order products from Stampin’ Up! because it is Sale-a-bration! That means for every $50 of product you order, you may choose from a Sale-a-bration Brochure and receive FREE PRODUCT! There are stamp sets, Designer Series Paper, sequins and twine and even an embossing folder! Shop Now at my online store. If you need any assistance please email me at theresastreasures.az@gmail.com or send me a message on my facebook page

Stampin’ Up! supplies used include: Stamp Set: Heartfelt #151417; Punch: Heart Punch Pack #151292; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Real Red CS #102482 and the From My Heart DSP #151189; Ink: Real Red #147084 and Flirty Flamingo #147052; Clear Blocks C #118486 and H #118490; Bone Folder #102300; Take Your Pick tool #144107; Paper Snips #103579; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Mini Glue Dots #103683 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: Real Red 3/8 inch Double-stitched satin ribbon #151115 and Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels #146924; and the Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199.

Posted in beginner stamper, Designer Series Paper, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Mini Catalog 2020, Sale-A-Bration 2020

Lovely Lily Pad Thank You

I just love to earn free stuff. During Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration, for every $50 you spend, you choose free stuff from the Sale-a-bration brochure. This card is made from the free Lovely Lily Pad stamp set and the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper (DSP).

This is a really fun and colorful thank you card!

Measurements: Whisper White card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base with a score at 4 1/4 inches, 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 inches; Grapefruit Grove CS: 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and 3 x 3 inches; Bermuda Bay CS: 4 3/4 x 2 inches; Flirty Flamingo CS 3 x 2 1/2 inches; Granny Apple Green CS 3 x 1 1/2 inches; and Lily Impressions DSP 4 5/8 x 1 7/8 inches. Additional supplies: Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, and Memento ink, and Metallic Bakers Twine and Sequins Combo Pack.

The sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up! Peaceful Moments stamp set. Stamp the “Thank You” sentiment in Memento ink onto the bottom of the 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 inch piece of Whisper White CS. Tip: This is a red rubber stamp so you do get a good image when stamping on a flat surface.

Stamp the lily in Flirty Flamingo ink onto the 3 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Flirty Flamingo CS. Next, stamp the lily pad in Granny Apple Green ink onto the 3 x 1 1/2 piece of Granny Apple Green CS. Tip: To get the best image with a see through Photopolymer stamp, use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat or your catalog. I cover my Pierce Mat with white copy paper so that the ink goes on the paper and not the Mat.

Cut out the lily and the lily pad with your Paper Snips. (If you do have a Big Shot, there are Lily Pad Dies you could use). Adhere the lily pad onto the Whisper White CS piece just over the “Thank You” sentiment. I use Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the lily.

Adhere the lily just over the lily pad. Now adhere the whole piece to the 3 x 3 inch piece of Grapefruit Grove CS.

Adhere the 4 5/8 x 1 7/8 inch piece of Lily Impressions DSP to the 4 3/4 x 2 inch piece of Bermuda Bay CS.

Wrap the Bermuda Bay colored Metallic Bakers Twine around the card piece 2 times, then tie a bow.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS at the 4 1/4 inch scoreline and run the Bone Folder over it so it is a nice, crisp fold.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Whisper White CS to the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch Grapefruit Grove CS. Then adhere the piece to the front of the Whisper White card base.

Adhere the Bermuda Bay and Lily Impressions DSP piece to the card front.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the piece with the lily and lily pad on it.
Tip: I get the corner pieces from cutting up the leftover outside edge of the Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Adhere the lily and pad piece to the card front above the bow.

Now for the Bling! Apply the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the area you would like to place the sequins.

The Take Your Pick tool is an easy way to pick up a sequin and place it on the glue.

Easy peasy!

And Viola! you have made a colorful Thank You card!

Thank you for joining me today! I just love making cards and sharing the instructions. Many cards look complicated but they really aren’t if you go step by step. I hope you take time to create something for yourself soon. I feel a lot of joy when I take time to design and make new cards! I wish joy for you too!

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and can help you order supplies to be able to make great cards. Visit my store at: https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb?dbwsdemoid=2163434. Email me at theresastreaures.az@gmail.com, or private message me on Facebook Thank you so much for your business.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies used include: Stamp Set: Lovely Lily Pad #152288 and Peaceful Moments #151595; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Grapefruit Grove CS #146972, Bermuda Bay CS #131197, Flirty Flamingo CS #141416, Granny Apple Green CS #146990 and Lily Impressions DSP #152284; Ink: Memento #132708, Flirty Flamingo #147052 and Granny Apple Green #147095; Clear Blocks: C #118486, D #118485 and H #118490; Bone Folder #102300; Take Your Pick Tool #144107; Paper Snips #103579; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: Metallic Baker’s Twine and Sequins Combo Pack #152314.

Posted in beginner stamper, Blender Pen, Christmas, Designer Series Paper, Holiday Catalog 2019

Brightly Gleaming Stack of Presents

Hi there! It is only one more week until Christmas and I still haven’t gotten my cards in the mail! I have just now printed out our little family newsletter, so I am one step closer. In case you are also a bit behind schedule, here is a quick and simple card that looks really nice.

This card uses the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper(DSP) and the Christmas Gleaming stamp set from Stampin’ Up!.

Measurements: Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches and a 4 x 2 inch piece; Copper Foil: 3 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches, 2 5/8 x 1 5/8 inches, 2 1/8 x 1 1/8 inches and 2 x 4 inches; Brightly Gleaming DSP 3 x 2 inches, 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches and 2 x 1 inch; and Pretty Peacock 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

Using the Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Up! ink pad, stamp the small ornament onto the 4 x 2 inch piece of Very Vanilla at one end.

Before the ink is dry, use a Stampin’ Up! Blender Pen to blend some of the ink to make a shadow along the right hand side. This helps to add dimension and make the card more interesting.

Use the small ornament punch from the Brightly Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack to punch out the small ornament.

Adhere the Brightly Gleaming DSP to the corresponding Copper Foil to make the presents.

Lay the stack of presents on the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Pretty Peacock to get an idea of how to adhere them together. Remove them from the Pretty Peacock piece and adhere them together.

Measure out about 5 1/2 inches of the 1/2 inch Classic Weave Ribbon.

Use Glue Dots to adhere to the stack of presents. Tip: Put the ribbon right on the glue dot and then remove the dot from the roll.

I tried to place the “Merry Christmas” on the ribbon to show after I added the bow on top. I probably could of placed the sentiment a bit more toward the bottom of the stack of presents as the ornament ended up covering the “Christmas” portion.

Use the Bone Folder to get a crisp fold on the Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Pretty Peacock to the front of the card base.

Now adhere the stack of presents to the card front.

Punch out 2 Sprigs from the Copper Foil with the Sprig Punch.

Adhere the Copper Foil Sprigs to the top of the stack of presents.

Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the back of the small ornament.

Adhere the ornament to the stack of presents. On hindsight, I adhered the small ornament a bit too low. It would probably look better more near the top of the stack of presents. I thought I would leave room for the bow, but this probably wasn’t necessary and actually covered the sentiment on the ribbon.

Tie a bow with the 1/2 inch Classic Weave Ribbon. Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the top of the stack of presents and adhere the bow to the card front. Note: You can watch a video on how to make a bow in the post from November 19, 2019. https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/theresas-treasures.com/2715

To make the card a little more special, I added a star from the Star Designer Elements.

Use the pick on the Take Your Pick tool to transfer the star elements from the package to the card. I am using a retired pick.

And Viola! there you have your Christmas card! This one doesn’t take too long to make, so you could make several in a short time and get caught up.

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and you can go directly to my online store by selecting the “Show Now” button. I would love for you to shop with me! The products I used for this card are listed below with the item number to make shopping easier for you.

Hope you are taking time to enjoy the holidays. Crafting is a great way to enjoy the season, especially if you share your craft with others. I just love it when someone makes something special for me! See you next time!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Christmas Gleaming #150464; Clear Block: C #118486; Paper: Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP #150429, Very Vanilla #101650, Pretty Peacock #150880; Copper Foil #142020; Ink: Pretty Peacock #150083; Punch: Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack #150647 and Sprig 148012; Ribbon: 1/2 inch Classic Weave #150394; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue # 110755, Glue Dots #103683, and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Star Designer Elements #150430 and the Take Your Pick tool #144107.

Posted in Autumn, beginner stamper, Designer Series Paper, Halloween, Simple stamping

Last Chance for the Monster Bash!

I am always amazed at how quickly time goes. However, I was able to make and mail out 15 cards for Halloween! Yippee!!

Halloween is days away so we better use up the Monster Bash Designer Series Paper(DSP)!

For this “Spooky” card I used 3 different designs of the Monster Bash (DSP). Let me show you how simple this card is!

The stamp set is Stampin’ Up!s Spooktacular Bash. I love this set and have had a lot of fun making cards with it.

Measurements: Basic Black card base: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches; Pumpkin Pie 5 x 2 1/2 inches: Whisper White: 5 x 2 1/2 inches and 3 x 3/4 inches; Monster Bash DSP: 5 x 2 inches, 4 x 1 1/2 inches and 3 x 1 inches.

The 3 punches I used are: 2 inch circle punch, Triple Banner Punch and Starburst Punch.

The vampire is stamped using Memento ink onto the 5 x 2 1/2 inch Whisper White piece. I did not like the first image because part of the cape did not stamp well. I put the stamp on the Memento stamp pad and twisted it a little to help get more ink all over. The second image looks much better. If this happens you could also use the Stampin’ Write Marker in Basic Black to color in the cape in.

Stamp the “Spooky” sentiment in Memento ink onto the 3 x 3/4 inch strip of Whisper White.

To make a banner end, use Paper Snips to cut to the center first. Then cut from the outside corner to the center cut.

Repeat the cut from the other corner. I made a banner on each end.

To make a banner end more quickly, you can use the Triple Banner punch. It is called a “Triple” because it will cut 3 different sizes of paper, the largest being 2 inches wide. Put the 2 inch strip of Monster Bash DSP all the way in and use the heel of your hand to make a quick, firm punch.

Repeat for the 1 1/2 inch wide strip of Monster Bash DSP.

For the 1 inch wide strip of Monster Bash DSP, I flip the punch over so I can see where the paper is. This way I am sure to have the banner end centered.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Use the Bone Folder to get a crisp fold.

Adhere the 2 inch strip of Monster Bash DSP to the card front by placing it 1/4 inch from the folded edge and lining up the top.

Adhere the 1 1/2 inch strip with the right hand edge about 1/4 inch away from the right hand edge of the first strip.

Adhere the 1 inch strip of Monster Bash DSP 1/4 inch away from the left hand edge of the first strip.

Here are all 3 strips adhered to the card front.

Use the Starburst Punch to punch the Pumpkin Pie strip. Tip: I lay the punch on the table and use the heel of my hand to push firmly and quickly downward.

Now line up and punch out the vampire with the 2 inch Circle Punch.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Pumpkin Pie Starburst and the vampire piece.

Adhere the vampire to the Pumpkin Pie Starburst.

Adhere the vampire piece to the card front.

Adhere the sentiment flat onto the vampire piece.

To add a little sparkle, I used the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels. As you can see I only have a few left!

Use the Take Your Pick tool to slide under the adhesive dot on the rhinestone. Place the rhinestone where you want it and gently hold it to the card while removing the pick.

Add a couple more. In general, an odd number of items looks more appealing.

And there you have it! A “spooky” card using the Monster Bash DSP! See you next week!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Spooktacular Bash #150544; Ink: Memento #132708; Card stock: Basic Black #121045, Pumpkin Pie #105117 and Whisper White #100730; Designer Series Paper: Monster Bash 150447; Punches: 2 inch Circle #133782, Starburst #143717 and Triple Banner #138292; Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels #150457; Adhesives: TomBow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Take Your Pick #144107, Paper snips #103579 and the new Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer #152392.k

Posted in beginner stamper, Designer Series Paper, flowers

A Nice and Easy Floral Essence Card

This is a wonderful sentiment to send to someone you care about to help them feel how special they are. And this card is very quick and easy to make. The Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper(DSP) is Perennial Essence and has several gorgeous floral images.

The Stampin’ Up! stamp set used for this card is Floral Essence.

Measurements: Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches, Basic Black 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Perennial Essence DSP 5 3/8 x 3 7/8 inches, Petal Pink Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock 3 x 1 3/4 inches, Very Vanilla 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches, and 7 inches of the 5/8 inch Organdy Striped Ribbon cut in half.

This is a Photopolymer clear stamp and you will need a Stampin’ Pierce Mat to get the best stamped image. I wrap my Pierce Mat in white paper so that the ink will get on the paper instead of the mat.

Stamp the sentiment “All days are beautiful that begin with you” in Memento onto the 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch piece of Very Vanilla.

Cut the banner end by first cutting in the middle. Cut from one corner to the middle, then the other corner to the middle.

Hold the stamped Very Vanilla piece over the Petal Pink Vellum piece and cut the banner edge in the same manner as shown.

I use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the DSP to the Basic Black piece, then to the front of the Very Vanilla card base.

When you adhere Vellum, you need to by mindful of where you put the adhesive because it will usually show through. The center will be covered by the Very Vanilla piece, so I put the adhesive there.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and adhere to the card over the Petal Pink Vellum.

Cut the 5/8 inch Organdy Striped Ribbon in half lengthwise

Tie a bow, add a glue dot, and adhere to the front of your card. If you need help making a bow, see my blog: https://theresas-treasures.com/2019/02/15/making-a-bow/

And that is all there is to this card!

I made a few variations using some of the other gorgeous floral images! You could also use different sentiments like: Thank you, Just A Note, For You etc.

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!

The Stampin’ Up! Products used include: Stamp Set: Floral Essence#149450; Paper: Perennial Essence DSP #149100, Very Vanilla cardstock #101650, Basic Black cardstock #121045, Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock #149101; Ink: Memento #132708; Ribbon: 5/8 inch Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon #149441; Clear Block: D #118485; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755; Glue Dots #103683; Paper Snips #103579; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199.

Posted in beginner stamper, Birthday, Designer Series Paper, Occasions Catalog 2019

Where are Mother Goose and her goslings going?

They are going to a Birthday party! Isn’t this such a sweet card? Stampin’ Up!’s Fable Friends stamp set really lends itself to cuteness! This card is surprisingly easy to make!

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored and folded at 4 1/4 inches, Balmy Blue 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper 5 1/4 x 2 inches, Whisper White 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches.

Additional products used for this card are: Stampin’ Up! Granny Apple Green ink pad, Memento ink pad, Stampin’ Write Markers in Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody, Petal Pink, Pacific Point, Balmy Blue and Crumb Cake.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set.

First stamp the “Happiest Birthday to You” sentiment in the upper left hand corner of the 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White. Tip: Use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat under your cardstock since this stamp is a Photopolymer stamp.

Now stamp the little goslings in the lower left hand corner. Tip: Since this is a red rubber stamp you get the best image when stamping on a firm surface.

Stamp Mother Goose in the lower right had corner. How adorable!

Using the Granny Apple Green ink, stamp the little tufts of grass around randomly.

The most difficult part of this card is the coloring. Use a light touch so the ink does not bleed out of the lines. Starting with the Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Write marker, color Mother Goose’s rain hat. Tip: Use the brush tip to get an even color for most areas. I only use the fine tip for very thin images like Mother Goose’s legs.

Use the Pacific Point Stampin’ Write marker to color Mother Gooses’s cape. Tip:To make the pocket visible, I colored around it using 2 layers of marker, then went over the pocket with only one layer of marker.

Use the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write marker to color the little goslings’ hat. Now use the Balmy Blue Stampin’ Write marker to color a couple of the goslings’ shirts.

Next use the Petal Pink Stampin’ Write marker for the strings on the gosling’s hat and the remaining shirt. Use the Mango Melody Stampin’ Write marker to color Mother Goose’s beak and all of the feet.

Here is the completely colored card piece.

Adhere the Gingham Gala Designer Series paper to the middle of the Balmy Blue card piece. Then adhere the piece to the Whisper White card front.

Apply the Stampin Dimensionals to the back of the Mother Goose card piece.

Peel off the back of the Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhere the Mother Goose card piece to the card front.

Stampin’ Up’s Sale-a-bration is only for another week! Place your order and get your free products now! If you scroll through the previous blogs you will see 3 card examples for each stamp set I used. Each has a complete list of the products I used along with the catalog item number. So make you wish list, select the Shop button on the top of this page and go to my store to place your order as soon as possible. There is a Sale-a-bration tab on the left of the Stampin’ Up! online catalog that will show you the free products available when your order reaches $50.

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Fable Friends #148670 and Picture Perfect Birthday #145519; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Balmy Blue #146982; Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper #148554; Ink: Granny Apple Green #147095 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: B #117147, D #118485 and E #118484; Stampin’ Write Markers: Pineapple Punch in the 2018-20 In Color set #147159, Pacific Point and Mango Melody in the Brights Stampin’ Write Markers #147157, and Balmy Blue and Petal Pink in the Subtles Stampin’ Write Markers #147156; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Designer Series Paper, encouragement, Horse, Occasions Catalog 2019, Sponging technique

Running Free

Ever felt like just running away from it all? This horse looks like he is running free, which I know we all dream of occasionally. Stamping offers me a chance to escape and relax. In addition, “taking life by the reins” is also invigorating advice. This next series of 3 cards are going to be with an artfully beautiful stamp set. There will also be several different water coloring techniques demonstrated.

This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest, but there was not any name associated with it. I like to look on Pinterest to get new ideas from time to time, especially if I feel a little creative block coming on.

Here is the beautiful and artistic, as well as graceful, stamp set called Let It Ride by Stampin’ Up!. The images and the sentiments go so well together.

The other awesome product I want to bring to your attention is this Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper stack. The 5 colors are just right for Spring and each comes in a large and small gingham pattern.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches, Balmy Blue 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Gingham Gala in Balmy Blue 5 x 3 3/4 inches, and Whisper White 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches.

You will also need Stampin’ Up! ink in Pear Pizzazz and Balmy Blue, Memento ink, and Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers in Light Basic Black, Light Crumb Cake and Dark Crumb Cake.

The following is a short video demonstrating how I use the Sponging Technique to create the background for this card. Enjoy watching!

I hope that video was helpful.

For a larger stamp, I like to ink it upside down. Using the Memento ink, apply the ink to the stamp while the stamp is laying on the table.

Take care to put the stamp straight down and lift straight up. Keep the stamp on the cardstock for a few seconds to allow time for the ink to transfer. That way you get a nice crisp image.

Use the Pear Pizzazz to stamp some trees on the horizon.

Continue to add trees until you like the horizon.

Now I am sure you noticed that we have a “horse of a different color”! We are going to change that with the Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers in Light and Dark Crumb Cake.

We will start with the Light Crumb Cake. Color the entire horse using the brush tip.

I used the Dark Crumb Cake to trace the hair of the mane and tail with the brush tip.

Continuing with the Dark Crumb Cake brush tip, shade in some areas to add dimension.

Use the Light Crumb Cake to blend in the darker areas with the lighter areas.

Use the light Basic Black Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker for the hooves.

Adhere the Balmy Blue Gingham Gala Designer Series paper to the Balmy Blue card piece.

Next, adhere the stamped horse card piece.

Adhere the entire piece to the Whisper White card base.

Viola! You have a great card to send to someone to encourage them and help them keep moving forward!

You will find this wonderful stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! 2109 Occasions Catalog which you can view by selecting the shop button above. During Sale-a-bration you may choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration Brochure for every $50 you order. What a great deal! But don’t delay because some of the free products have already sold out!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp set: Let It Ride #148765; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Balmy Blue #146982; Designer Series Paper: Gingham Gala #148554; Ink: Memento #132708, Balmy Blue #147105 and Pear Pizzazz #147104; Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers: Light and Dark Crumb Cake combo #144601 and Light Basic Black #147940; Stamping Sponges #141337 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Cat, Designer Series Paper, Occasions Catalog 2019, Photopolymer, Punch

Cats will be Cats

My cats rarely misbehave, but when they do it is usually because they are upset about something. I have never had them unroll a ball of yarn, usually it is the roll of toilet paper!

Isn’t this card adorable? I got the inspiration from a stamping friend, Heather, who did a similar card with a Valentine’s theme.

As I sit here typing this Blog into my computer, my cat Anakin is sitting on my lap. Whenever I sit down at the computer he shows up to get some lovin’.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches, Floral Romance DSP (just the other side from the previous card) 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Whisper White 5 x 2 inches and 4 x 2 1/4 inches. You will also need about 36 inches of Stampin’ Up! Silver and Petal Pink Bakers Twine.

Ink: Petal Pink, Cajun Craze and Memento

Use the Cajun Craze ink to stamp the outline of the cat onto the 4 x 2 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White.

Using the Cajun Craze ink again, stamp the spots onto the cat taking care to line up the edges before stamping down.

Insert the stamped cat into the Cat Builder Punch. Line up the edges and apply a light pressure to hold in place. With the punch on the table, push quickly and firmly to punch out the cat. Set aside.

Use the Memento ink to stamp the sentiment “You’re the cats meow!” onto the Floral Romance DSP. Stamp on the upper left hand corner of the DSP.

The Silver Petal Pink Baker’s Twine is composed of 3 strands. We only need the Petal Pink strand.

Pull on the Petal Pink strand until it is separated from the white and silver strands. Set aside.

Lay the cat onto the 5 x 2 inch piece of Whisper White so he is half way on the cardstock. This is to help with placement of the ball of yarn. This is a Two-step stamp. I found it is easiest to stamp the outline of the ball of yarn first. Stamp the ball of yarn onto the bottom right.

Now stamp the solid ball of yarn. This can be somewhat difficult to do. You may have to try more than once to get it lined up properly. If you are having a hard time, try practicing on a scrap piece of paper first.

Place a glue dot with the Paper Piercing Tool at the end of the string on the stamped ball of yarn.

Adhere the Petal Pink twine to the glue dot and apply mild pressure to start to wrap the twine around the cardstock.

Wrap the twine until you reach the top of the cardstock. If you have it too tight the cardstock will bow.

Place a glue dot on the back and adhere the end of the twine to it. Cut off any excess twine.

Adhere the stamped Floral Romance DSP onto the Whisper White card base.