Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, encouragement, Friendship, Love/Affection, Nature, Outdoors, Photopolymer, Sea, Simple stamping, Sponge Dauber, Sunset

Sending Sunshine Stampin’ Up!®

The card for today will be a #simplestamping card because I will use only stamps, ink and paper (and a punch). There is a set of stamps made by Stampin’ Up! to help you easily create your own scenes. Sending Sunshine is the one I will use today. The other similar stamp sets are My Meadow and Snow Front. All of these sets are in the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

This really is a very simple card to create. You will be surprised.

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

Use the Memento Black Ink to stamp the sentiment “Hoping Your Day is Perfect” onto the 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Take care to position the stamped sentiment so that you can punch it out with the 2 inch Circle Punch.

Lay the layers of the card on the card front and position the sentiment. Move it slightly downward and trace the edge. This will help make sure that the scene is positioned properly.

Place the 2 3/4 x 3 2/4 inch Whisper White CS on the Stampin’ Pierce Mat. When using the Photopolymer stamps (the see-through ones) you need a slight cushion. You could also use your catalog. I cover my Pierce Mat with white scrap paper to avoid getting ink on it. I put the black paper down so you could see the card piece better. Stamp the smaller water onto the Whisper White CS. I placed mine slightly to the right so that it would not be covered by the sentiment later.

Apply the Daffodil Delight ink to the bottom portion of the setting sun stamp. Apply the Calypso Coral ink only to the upper portion by placing the stamp on the edge of the ink pad.

Carefully line up the setting sun and the horizon of the water. Mine is a little too high, but I opted to just let it be. (It’s the little imperfections that make a handmade card special!)

Use the Granny Apple Green ink to stamp the larger branch of leaves. Add some of the smaller branches to make the trees more full.

I added some faint clouds with the Balmy Blue ink by first stamping onto my scrap paper, then stamping onto the card piece. This is called Stamping Off.

To help the sentiment stand out a little, I used a Sponge Dauber with Balmy Blue ink to sponge the edge.

Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Balmy Blue CS to the Whisper White CS card base, then adhere your stamped card piece. I prefer to use the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue because when I first put the card piece down, I can wiggle it a little to make sure it is straight.

Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and put it in place on the card front being sure to cover the pencil marks.

The card is finished. However, if you would like to add a little Bling! you could use the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush on the water to make it sparkle.

Viola! See how quick and simple that was! Experiment with different colors and combinations of the stamps from the Sending Sunshine stamp set, or combine it with the My Meadow or Snow Front. There are endless possibilities to the scenes you can create!

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Theresa

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

Friday Fun-fold: Playful Pampered Pets sending loving thoughts

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

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

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

With Memento Black ink stamp the puppy onto the 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch Whisper White CS. Tip: We will be coloring with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers and the Memento ink will not bleed.

Stamp the sentiment “I hope your day is a real treat” in Memento ink onto the lower right hand corner of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Add the little pet food bowl and then the hearts.

The Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Marker colors are: Light Basic Black and Light and Dark: Smoky Slate, Flirty Flamingo and Real Red. I also used the Real Red Stampin’ Write marker that is part of the Regals Assortment for the collar and dog’s mouth.

First color with the Stampin’ Blends Light Basic Black to accentuate the edges and shadows. Add the Dark Smoky Slate and blend it into the Light Basic Black.

Blend in the Light Smoky Slate. Tip: When blending the light color into the darker colors, use a small circular motion. I added a little Light Flirty Flamingo to the belly, ear and nose.

Color the mouth and collar with the Stampin’ Write Real Red Marker. The tip is finer so it is easier to put the ink just where you want it. Add a little Basic Black ink to the nose.

Color in the hearts with the Light Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend and add a slight shadow on the right hand side of each heart with the Dark Flirty Flamingo. The pet food bowl is colored with the Light Real Red Stampin’ Blend on one half, and the Dark Real Red on the other half.

Take the Real Red CS card base and use your Bone Folder to make a Z-fold as shown.

Adhere the 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch Playful Pets DSP to the front panel of the Z-fold. Adhere the sentiment card piece to the inside.

Apply adhesive to half of the 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch Real Red “diamond-shape” and apply to the front panel over the Playful Pets DSP. Be mindful of the placement so that the sentiment shows completely when the card is closed.

Apply adhesive to the colored puppy card piece and adhere it to the Real Red diamond-shaped card piece. Be mindful of the lower right corner so that it does not cover the sentiment.

Viola! This card is a playful fun-fold that was pretty quick to make! I hope my daughter gets hers in the mail before this blog posts!

Thank you for stopping by today. There is a joining special I wanted to let you know about. If you would like to join my Theresa’s Stamping Gems team, you may purchase a Starter Kit for $99 and you will get $125 worth of product of your choice. But there is more!

The Get & Go Starter Kit promotion is meant to give those who sign up to be a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator additional products to help them get started right away. In addition to the already great-valued Starter Kit mentioned above, new recruits will receive pre-cut paper, stamps, and embellishments to use in their first event.

The new recruit will also receive enough cardstock pieces to make 16 cards, a pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels, the So Much Love stamp set, and the Queen Anne’s Lace stamp set—all for their first event.

Here is what you get in the pre-cut card kit:

Granny Apple Green card pack contents
8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (21.6 x 14 cm) Granny Apple Green Cardstock
3″x 4″ (7.6 x 10.2 cm) Bermuda Bay Cardstock
3″x 4″ (7.6 x 10.2 cm) Coastal Cabana Cardstock
3/4″x 4″ (1.9 x 10.2 cm) Daffodil Delight Cardstock
5-3/4″ x 4-3/8″ (14.6 x 11.1 cm) Whisper White Envelope

Coastal Cabana card pack contents
2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ (5.7 x 8.9 cm) Whisper White Cardstock
2-3/4″ x 4″ (7 x 10.2 cm) Daffodil Delight Cardstock
3″ x 4″ (7.6 x 10.2 cm) Bermuda Bay Cardstock
8-1/2 x 5-1/2″ (21.6 x 14 cm) Coastal Cabana Cardstock
5-3/4″ x 4-3/8″ (14.6 x 11.1 cm) Whisper White Envelope

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Products used for the Playful Pampered Pet card include those listed below. To purchase a product, click on the photo and you will be connected to my Online Store.

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“I hope your day is a real treat” and you get to do some crafting!

Theresa

Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Designer Series Paper, encouragement, Friendship, Love/Affection, Nature, Simple stamping

Stamping on Designer Series Paper with Forever Fern Wishing You Happiness

These beautiful colorful cards are so easy to make! The leaves come from the Forever Fern stamp set and the sentiments are from So Sentimental. Both of these sets are so versatile. The So Sentimental has several great sentiments in addition to those in the photo, including “hello baby”, “healing hugs”, “for you”, and “this calls for confetti”.

Here is the card I will demonstrate today. The colors are Magenta Madness, Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss and Balmy Blue.

Measurements: Rich Razzleberry 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: 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 2 1/2 x 3 inches; Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP): 4 x 5 1/4 inches; and Balmy Blue CS: 2 5/8 x 3 1/8 inches.

Stamp the sentiment “Wishing you much happiness today and always” from the So Sentimental stamp set in Blackberry Bliss ink onto the 2 1/2 x 3 inch Whisper White CS. Then use the Blackberry Bliss ink and the largest bunch of leaves from the Forever Fern stamp set and stamp the leaves to frame the sentiment. Be sure to use a scrap paper underneath so you don’t stamp on your table! Our nickname for Blackberry Bliss is Blackberry Mess!

Next use the Balmy Blue ink to stamp a smaller bunch of flowers on the upper left corner, and the Magenta Madness ink to stamp the berry design on the lower right corner of the sentiment. This creates a little frame around the sentiment.

Use the Blackberry Bliss ink and the larger bunch of leaves to stamp onto the Artistry Blooms DSP. I tried to visualize where the sentiment will be and use that as a focal point for the end of the stems.

Next use the Magenta Madness ink to stamp the berry design, and the Balmy Blue ink to stamp the smaller bunch of leaves. I continued to use the focal point for the ends of the stems. On some I turned the stamp around and stamped with the stem off the edge of the paper to fill in the blank spots.

I wanted to make the inside a little more fancy. I started on the top of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS with the Blackberry Bliss ink and the large bunch of leaves, and worked down the right side. I used the Balmy Blue ink with the small bunch of leaves and then the Magenta Madness with the berry design on the bottom.

Adhere the stamped Whisper White CS panel to the inside of the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch Rich Razzleberry CS card base. Use you Bone Folder to fold the card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line so you get a nice crisp fold.

Adhere the stamped sentiment card piece to the 2 5/8 x 3 1/8 inch Balmy Blue CS. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals or the new Foam Adhesive Sheets on the back. Tip: If you have arthritis in you fingers, I have found that cutting the Adhesive Sheets into 1/4 inch strips is much easier to use than the little hexagonal Stampin’ Dimensionals. I just have a hard time peeling of the backs of those hexagons!

Adhere the stamped DSP to the front of the Rich Razzleberry card base, then add the sentiment card piece to the middle of the front.

And now for some Bling! I am so in love with the Artistry Blooms Self Adhesive Sequins Pack because there are 4 colors with 2 different sizes! They go with just about everything! To easily transfer the sequin I use the Take Your Pick tool. I slide the pointed end under the adhesive on the back of the sequin and than just set it down where I want it, apply a little pressure, and it sticks in place.

Viola! You have stamped on Designer Series Paper to make a wonderful, colorful card to wish some happiness to someone!

I really appreciate that you stopped by today. I hope you enjoyed the card and will give it a try. Experiment with different papers and stamps to see what you like. There are so many possiblities!

If you would like to purchase any of the Stampin’ Up! products from my Online Store, you may click HERE or click on any of the photos below to get to the Online Store.

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Here’s wishing you happiness today and everyday!

Theresa

Posted in beginner stamper, Christmas, encouragement, Friendship, Inspiration, Religious, Winter Holiday

Dove of Hope to wish Peace, Joy, and Love

Recent events can sometimes make it hard to have hope for a good future. Nonetheless I am hopeful that Peace, Joy, and Love as stated on today’s card will prevail. This is a wonderful message to send out for the holidays. This card could also be sent for a Confirmation or First Communion, or just encouragement during these hard times.

Stampin’ Up!’s Dove of Hope stamp set also comes with Detailed Dove Dies in a Bundle saving you 10%. I made this card with the Beginner Stamper in mind, so I did not use the dies.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 4 1/4 x 1 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches (this is the card base), 4 x 5 1/4 inches, 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches and a 1/2 x 4 1/8 inch strip; Night of Navy CS: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches; Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP).

Use Memento ink to stamp the dove in the upper left hand corner of the 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 inch Whisper White CS.

Stamp the berry branch under the dove with the Memento ink.

Use the Night of Navy ink to stamp the sentiment “Peace Joy Love” onto the 1/2 x 4 1/8 inch Whisper White CS strip. Tip: When stamping the sentiment, line up the capital letters to get the sentiment on straight.

Use Balmy Blue and Highland Heather ink to stamp a flurry of snowflakes on the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. This will be the inside of the card.

Adhere the Whisper White CS with the flurry of snowflakes to the inside of the 4 1/4 x 11 inch Whisper White CS card base.

Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Artistry Blooms DSP to the 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inch Night of Navy CS, then adhere the piece to the front of the Whisper White CS card Base.

To color the berry branch and dove I used the Stampin’ Write Markers in Real Red, Shaded Spruce and Smoky Slate.

Adhere the colored dove card piece and the sentiment strip to the card front.

And now for the Bling! I just love adding sparkle to a card! The Artistry Blooms Sequins have many different colors to add a little sparkle to just about any card!

I added a little bit of the sequins here and there until I felt satisfied with the overall look. Tip: Transferring the sequins is a breeze with the Take Your Pick tool.

Viola! You now have another fabulous Christmas or Holiday card ready to send out!

Thanks so much for visiting today. I really appreciate you! Please let me hear your thoughts by commenting. Thanks again!

Have a relaxing and creative day!

Theresa

Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, encouragement, Inspiration, Masking Technique, Religious, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Prayers with His Love

One of the special ways I share my cards is by making religious cards and donating them to my church to sell in their gift shop.

The new stamp set called His Love by Stampin’ Up!® lends itself to several great card ideas.

This is a general note card which is very versatile. You could send someone encouragement to help them through a hard time, or send the card to celebrate a baptism, first communion or confirmation.

I created this card from one of my sketches. When I receive a card from someone, or see something on Pinterest or the Web, I copy down a sketch of the basic elements of the card onto a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch white card stock. I keep these for times when I need a starting point to create a card.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS) card base: 4 1/4 x 11 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches, 3 x 4 inches and 4 x 5 1/4 inches; Night of Navy CS: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches and a 3/4 x 4 1/8 inch strip; Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP): 4 x 5 1/4 inches. 1/4 inch Metallic ribbon in Seaside Spray: 5 1/2 inches.

Additional supplies: Memento ink; Stampin Blends Alcohol Markers in Ivory and Light and Dark Balmy Blue; super sticky note paper for a mask; Basic Pearl Jewels; Foam Adhesive Sheet; Glue Dots and Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Stamp the inside of the card first. Stamp the sentiment “His Love Never Fails” and the image of the Bible in Memento ink on to the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Set aside.

Stamp the praying hands in Memento ink onto the lower left corner of the 3 x 4 inch Whisper White CS and onto the super sticky note paper.

Trim the super sticky note paper praying hands close to the outline with Paper Snips. This is your Mask. Place the mask over the stamped praying hands. Stamp the sentiment “Faith” in Memento ink on to the bottom right corner. Now using Night Of Navy ink, stamp the cross over the mask.

Let the ink dry for a minute or two, then remove the mask. Such a fun technique!

Color the cross as desired with the light and dark Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. I colored the hands with the Ivory Stampin’ Blend. You could also use Crumb Cake, Soft Suede or Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends for the skin color.

Add a little of the light and dark Balmy Blue to the ribbon in the Bible.

Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Artistry Blooms DSP to the 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inch Night of Navy CS.

Use Glue Dots on the ends of the 1/4 inch Metallic ribbon to adhere it to the 3/4 x 4 1/8 inch strip of Night Of Navy CS. Adhere the ribbon and Night of Navy CS piece to the Artistry Blooms DSP on the Night Of Navy CS.

To give the card a little dimension, I used the new Foam Adhesive Sheet. First I cut the sheet into four 3 3/4 x 1/4 inch strips.

I adhered the four strips to the back of the praying hands piece, then adhered it to the card front. This is a lot easier than using 15+ of the Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Use the Bone Folder to fold the 4 1/4 x 11 inch Whisper White CS at the 5 1/2 inch score line. This is your card base. Adhere the praying hands and cross piece to the front of the card base. Adhere the inside piece to the inside of the card base.

Now for some Bling!

First I placed the large pearl in the center of the cross. I then placed the smallest pearls on each arm of the cross.

Next I placed 3 medium sized pearls on the background in a triangular orientation. Finally, I added some of the smaller pearls next to the medium sized pearls to make three clusters of pearls.

Now for the final touch, a bit of Wink of Stella on the arms of the cross.

And Viola! You now have a very versatile religious card! I just love how this turned out.

Here are two other versions using the same sketch as the starting point.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you give this a try. Anytime you receive a card and you like the layout, try jotting it down as a sketch to use to start another card. It is a lot of fun to come up with designs using a sketch to start.

Don’t forget about Bonus Days! This promotion ends on August 3, 2020! Take advantage of this promotion: for a $50 order before August 3, 2020, you earn a $5 coupon to use starting August 4, 2020. That is the day the 2020 Holiday Catalog goes live! There are so many wonderful holiday products! I will be starting to show cards made with holiday product soon. I seriously cannot believe it is almost August! At this rate, Christmas will sneak up on me before I know it!

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Hope you have time to enjoy some crafting this weekend!

Theresa

Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Butterfly, encouragement, Fun/Fancy fold card, Love/Affection

Friday’s Fun Fold Card with Forever Fern

Hello and welcome to Friday! Yes, you made it through another week! On Fridays I will post a Technique or Fun Fold. Today’s card is a fun fold that is really very simple to make.

The Stampin’ Up! Forever Fern stamp set is new in the 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. There are many leaf images that make creating with the set very rewarding. There is even a little “splatter” stamp as you can see from the Pretty Peacock splatter on the inside of the card.

Measurements: Garden Green Card Stock (CS): 11 x 4 1/4 inches with a score line at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2 inches, and 4 x 3 1/2 inches; Whisper White CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches and two 4 x 2 1/2 inches; Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper DSP) in two different designs: 4 x 2 1/2 inches and 3 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches. You will also need the Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon in a 5 inch and 9 inch length, and some gold leaves from the Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty Paper.

Let’s start stamping! Use the Garden Green ink for the bunch of leaves from the Forever Fern stamp set to stamp onto the 4 x 2 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Then use the Pretty Peacock ink to stamp the butterfly from the Positive Thoughts stamp set leaving space around the leaves and butterfly so they can be cut out.

Fussy cut the bunch of leaves and the butterfly, then set aside.

Using Garden Green ink, stamp the sentiment “Friends like you mean more every year” from the Positive Thoughts stamp set onto the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Whisper White in the center and slightly above the midline. Now stamp the large bunch of leaves in the upper right and left corners, not quite symmetrically.

Now stamp the medium leaf branch in Old Olive around the perimeter. Generally, 3 is a good number of one image (although I broke this rule with the large branch 😊).

The smaller branch of leaves is stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink (oops, I broke the rule of 3’s again!). I still like the way it looks, so I guess I can get away with it this time!

If you want, add some of the splatters with Pretty Peacock ink. Some are full strength, others are Stamped Off.

Fold the 11 x 4 1/4 inch Garden Green CS at the 5 1/2 inch score line and use the Bone Folder to get a crisp fold. Now fold at the 2 3/4 inch score line. Use the Bone Folder again.

Adhere the 3 3/4 x 3 1/4 inch Forever Greenery DSP to the 4 x 3 3/4 inch Garden Green CS. Use Glue Dots to adhere the 5 inch piece of Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon.

Use the Bone Folder to curve the wings of the butterfly.

Punch a circle with the 2 1/4 inch Circle Punch and adhere it to the card panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Adhere the Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty Paper gold leaf branch to the punched out circle. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the Garden Green bunch of leaves and the Pretty Peacock butterfly. Use a Glue Dot to adhere the ribbon that is tied from the 9 inch piece of Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon. Set aside.

Adhere the 4 x 2 1/2 inch Forever Greenery DSP to the 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 inch section on the outside of the card base. Now adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch panel to the inside of the card.

This is the card so far. Lay the panel with the gold leaf and butterfly in place.

Make a light pencil mark on the butterfly panel to help you know where to put the Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Adhere the butterfly panel to the card front.