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

It Starts with Art

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

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

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

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

Let’s get stamping!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now we need to fussy cut the spools of ribbon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adhere the spools of ribbon in place.

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

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

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and I sell the products I used for this card. If you are interested in purchasing some product to get yourself started on creating at home, please comment or send me an email at theresastreasures.az@gmail.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Punch out a Pretty Label using the Melon Mambo CS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Posted in Avid Stamper, Barbecue, Congratulations, encouragement, Guys cards, Masculine, Summer

Cardz4Guyz Challenge # 243 Use Dies as a Main Feature

Here is a little extra post for the avid stamper. It is for the Cardz4Guyz Challenge #243 to Use Dies as a Main Feature.

I am so looking forward to the day when we will be able to be outside and have family and friends over for a big barbecue! That thought is what inspired me to make this card.

I used a lot of different products for this scene. The Stampin’ Up!® products are listed below.

Do you see all the lovely yellow butterflies! And don’t forget a drink!

Thanks for stopping by to see my card for the Cardz4Guyz Challenge to Use Dies as a Main Feature! It is so fun to have a challenge to do!

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Posted in #simplestamping, Animals, beginner stamper, encouragement, Get Well, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog

This is Knot Good

The state of the world is “knot” good. All I can do at this point is keep being creative to stay positive and pray that all will be well soon.

This little Get Well card is made with the Back on Your Feet stamp set by Stampin’ Up!® It’s good to add a little humor when the situation is not the best. I do hope that all of you are safe and well, and that your families are well too.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score at 4 1/4 inches, 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 4 x 2 1/2 inches; Crushed Curry CS: 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches; Soft Suede CS: 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches. You will also need a 9 x 1/4 inch strip of the Birthday Bonanza Designer Series paper (DSP) -not shown.

Stamp the giraffe and the sentiment “This is knot good” onto the 4 x 2 1/2 inch Whisper White CS with black Memento ink.

I used a stamp from the Gallery Grunge stamp set to make the background. Stamp the image in Soft Suede ink. Gallery Grunge is a great stamp set to have on hand as you can make many different backgrounds.

Color the giraffe with the Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker. One of the wonderful benefits of Stampin’ Up! is that the paper, ink, markers, ribbon, etc all match!

Color the giraffe’s spots with the Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker. Use the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker for the hooves.

Finish the giraffe with a little Petal Pink in the ears and Old Olive for the grass.

Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold on the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS at the 4 1/4 inch score to make the card base. Adhere the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch Crushed Curry CS to the front of the card base.

Adhere the Soft Suede piece to the Crushed Curry piece on the card front.

Adhere the giraffe to the 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 inch Crushed Curry CS. Adhere the whole piece to the Soft Suede CS on the card front.

Cut two 2 inch strips from the 9 1/4 x 1/4 inch Birthday Bonanza DSP. Apply to the card front so they look like strips of tape, like on a scrapbook page.

I decided to make the inside of the card with a sentiment. I used Whisper White CS 5 1/4 x 4 inches and stamped the sentiment in Memento ink.

Adhere a 5 1/4 x 1/4 inch strip of the Birthday Bonanza DSP to the left side of the insert. Then adhere it to the inside of the card.

And Viola! You have a slightly humorous card to let someone who is having a hard time know that you are there for them.

The stamp set has a few other animals and sentiments, so I made a set.

I hope you enjoyed that card. I am very thankful you stopped by.

The 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog will be good for a bit longer. The 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog will be available as a PDF to Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators on April 22, 2020. If you would like an early sneak peek of the catalog, join my team! You may order a Starter Kit which contains whatever you wish for $99 and you can choose $125 worth of product! If you are interested, email me at theresastreausres.az@gmail.com and I can walk you through the process. Otherwise come by my online store and see what there is to start being more creative today! Click here for the store. I recommend checking out the all inclusive kits. Order today and you can be crafting in no time!

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Posted in beginner stamper, encouragement, Friendship, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Happy New Year! Follow Your Dreams in 2020!

I know a lot of people do not make New Years resolutions. I do. I like to take this opportunity to take a hard look at my life: what am I doing? what do I want to do? what do I want to change? These thoughts inspired this card.

This card just looks so hopeful and magical! It inspires me to try to make my dreams come true!

This card is made using the Stampin’ Up! Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches, 3 3/4 x 3 inches and 4 x 1 1/2 inches; Seaside Spray cardstock 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches; Gorgeous Grape cardstock 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches.

Use Gorgeous Grape ink to stamp the sentiment “Make your dreams come true” onto the 4 x 1 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock. Leave space on the sides to allow for punching it out.

Still using the Gorgeous Grape ink, stamp the filigree onto the 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inch piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock.

I stamped around the edges near the upper right and lower left corners.

Use Memento ink to stamp the unicorn onto the 3 3/4 x 3 inch piece of Whisper White. Tip: Use the Memento ink whenever you want to color with the Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers.

I decided to color the mane and tail with the Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers in Light Highland Heather, Light Seaside Spray and Light Mint Macaron.

Starting with the Light Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Marker I colored the horn, mane and tail.

Next I colored with the Seaside Spray Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Marker. I colored the mane and the tail.

Lastly I colored the remaining portions of the horn, mane and tail with the Light Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Marker.

I used the Light Basic Black Stampin’ Blend Alcohol marker for the hooves.

The shadows were enhanced with the Light Smokey Slate Stampin’ Blend Alcohol marker.

Now for some fun with bling! The Wink of Stella Glitter brush is wonderful!

Follow the instructions to start using your pen. There is a black ring that needs to be removed before the glitter will come out. Gently brush the unicorn body with the Wink of Stella until it sparkles. It is hard to appreciate the sparkle in the photo.

Use the Timeless Label punch to punch out the sentiment.

Tip: I lay my punch on the table and use the heel of my hand to depress it firmly and quickly.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the Whisper White cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base at the 4 1/4 inch scoreline. The Bone Folder helps to make a crisp fold.

Adhere the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch piece of Seaside Spray to the front of the Whisper White card base. Next adhere the stamped piece of Gorgeous Grape.

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

Adhere the unicorn to the card front leaving space for the sentiment.

I had put the Stampin’ Dimensionals in the middle of the back of the sentiment. With the unicorn raised up with Dimensionals, that did not look right. I moved the Dimensionals down to the bottom edge and that looked a lot nicer.

And Viola! you have a very glittery card to inspire someone!

I wish you a very Happy New Year! I hope you can find more time to craft because it is so relaxing and helps me stay sane and positive. I wish the same for you! May this coming year be your best yet!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Leave a Little Sparkle #149292; Paper: Whisper White #100730, Seaside Spray #150883, and Gorgeous Grape #146987; Ink: Gorgeous Grape #147099 and Memento #132708; Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers: Light Highland Heather #146881, Light Seaside Spray #149567, Light Mint Macaron #147020, Light Basic Black #147940 and Light Smokey Slate #145054; Punch: Timeless Label #149516; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Bone Folder #102300; Clear Blocks: D #118485 and E #118484; Wink of Stella Glitter Brush #141897.

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, dog, encouragement, Occasions Catalog 2019, Photopolymer, Punch, Sponging technique

Sage Advice from a Dog

We all get overwhelmed with stress at times. What to do for relief? Well, Spot here says to “Keep Calm and Wag On”! Not bad advice, eh? What I really do is keep calm and make cards!

For this card I will again be using Stampin’ Up! Happy Tails stamp set and the Dog Builder punch, as well as the Everyday Label punch, Real Red ink and Memento ink.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half at 4 1/4 inches and burnished with the Bone Folder. Real Red 5 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches, Blueberry Bushel 5 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches, and Whisper White 4 1/2 x 3 inches.

Using the Stampin’ Pierce Mat, stamp the dog in Memento ink to the left side on the Whisper White piece. *Look at my previous post to see how to add spots and the collar.

Stamp the sentiment onto the right side of the Whisper White piece.

Using a scrap piece of cardstock, punch the dog and heart out. We will be using this as a stencil. Lay the stencil over the stamped dog. Stamp the heart in Real Red as shown by the stencil. This will make it possible to punch out the dog and the heart together.

Lay the punch upside down on the table. Line up the image and depress the punch slightly to hold in place. Then press quickly and firmly with the heel of your hand to punch the image out.

Use the Everyday Label punch for the sentiment using the same procedure as above. Now for a new technique!

The new technique is called Sponging. Today I am going to use a Sponge Dauber to do this. I put the Dauber on my index finger. Tap down on the ink pad several times to get some ink evenly over the tip of the Dauber.

Now you are going to put the ink on the edge of the cardstock by flicking the dauber back and forth. Go all the way around the label. Start light and go darker as desired.

Adhere the Blueberry Bushel strip to the Real Red strip. Now adhere the two to the cardbase.

Use the Stampin’ Dimensionals and put them on the back of the label and the dog. I used the Stampin’ Mini Dimensionals for the back of the heart.

Peel off the protective cover on the Dimensionals, adhering the sentiment label to the card front first, followed by the dog, then the heart.