Posted in beginner stamper, Designer Series Paper, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Occasions Catalog 2019, Photopolymer, Sale-A-Bration 2019

So Grateful, So Happy

In today’s world, there are many negative experiences we have to deal with on a daily basis. Shifting your brain to a more positive experience, like making a card to show gratitude to someone else, is a powerful way to increase your own happiness. I have definitely felt more happiness in my life since I started stamping.

Today’s card will use 3 new elements- Designer Series Paper (DSP), ribbon and rhinestones. Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half at 4 1/4 inches, Call Me Clover 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Botanical Butterfly DSP 5 x 3 3/4 inches and Whisper White 3 1/4 x 3 inches.

You will also need the Call Me Clover ink and the Lemon Lime Twist Mini Ruffled Ribbon.

Start by adhering the Botanical Butterfly DSP to the Call Me Clover piece. Isn’t this DSP beautiful!

Lay the ribbon over the card piece and cut with about 3/4 inches on either side to wrap around. Tip: When using a glue dot, attach it to the ribbon by putting the ribbon over the glue as opposed to removing the glue dot and trying to stick it to the ribbon.

Position the ribbon where you want it, then flip the card piece over and apply pressure to adhere the ribbon to the cardstock.

For the bow, cut a 4 1/2 inch piece of ribbon and slide it under the ribbon already adhered to the card piece. I like to cut the edges at a slight angle.

Now cross the ribbon. Next pull the top piece under the bottom piece and through the tunnel to make the bow. Trim the edges if needed.

Ink the sentiment “So Happy To Have You In My Life” with the Call Me Clover ink. Stamp onto the 3 1/4 x 3 inch piece of Whisper White.

Oops! The paper stuck to the stamp. Don’t panic. Just take one corner and gently peel the paper off of the stamp.

Using the Call Me Clover ink, stamp a little flower in the upper and the lower corners.

I used the Berry Burst Stampin’ Write Marker to color the flowers, and the Lemon Lime Twist to color the leaves.

Adhere several of the Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and apply to the card front. Adhere the whole piece to the Whisper White card base.

Add 3 rhinestones. One to the center of each flower, and one on the dot over the “i” in “Life”.

So, try to increase the positive experiences in your life by being creative and expressing gratitude to someone you care for. You never know, you may feel more happiness in your own life!

Stampin’ Up products used include: Stamp Set: Amazing Life #148750; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Call Me Clover #146969; Ink: Call Me Clover 147139; Botanical Butterfly DSP (free during Sale-a-bration) #149622; Stampin’ Write Markers: In Color 2017-19 (set of 5 colors) #144033; 3/8 Inch Mini Ruffled Ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist # 146947; Clear Rhinestones #144220; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and E #118484; Paper Snips #103579; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

In order to be able to get the free Botanical Butterfly DSP, you need to place an order for $50. This offer is only until March 31, 2019! Select the shop button above and you can get to my store to see all the wonderful product in the catalog!

Posted in beginner stamper, flowers, Occasions Catalog 2019, Two-step stamping

Incredibly Proud

I just love an excuse to tell my children who live far away from me how proud I am of them. Everyone could use praise from time to time. I try to communicate with them regularly to keep our connection to each other strong.

This is the 3rd in a series of Blogs using the Stampin’ Up! Incredible Like You stamp set. I apologize in advance if the photographic quality is decreased. I am having technical difficulties with my main computer so I am using my outdated laptop.

For this card you will need a Whisper White card base measuring 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half, and a strip measuring 5 x 2 1/4 inches. You will also need a 5 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Poppy Parade.

You will also need the stamp set, Memento ink, and the Stampin’ Up! ink in Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green and Mango Melody.

Take the strip of Poppy Parade and lay it on the card base as shown to help with placement of the sentiment. The sentiment is stamped in Memento ink. Set aside.

This is a 2 step stamping process. For this particular stamp, I have found it easier to first stamp the more detailed stamp (left), then the less detailed stamp ( right) on top of it. Note: Sometimes the photopolymer stamps will get stained with use. This does not affect the quality of the stamped image as long as the stamp has been cleaned properly, i.e. with a baby wipe or the Stampin’ Scrub.

The first poppy is stamped in Mango Melody in the center of the Whisper White strip.

Now use the less detailed stamp, taking care to line the edges up. This does stamp a lighter image to give a 3-D effect.

Use the same 2 step stamping process to add the additional poppies in Poppy Parade ink.

Add the stems and the leaves in Granny Apple Green.

Tip: As you can see, I did not stamp the full image of the leaf. This is easy to fix with the Photopolymer stamps since you can see through them. Do Not re-ink the stamp. The ink is still on the part of the stamp corresponding to the missing image. You can carefully line it back up and apply a little pressure to the area that did not stamp to fix the image. I think that is so cool!

Adhere the stamped poppy strip to the Poppy Parade strip, then adhere to the card base. Now you have a very nice card to express how proud you are of someone!

The next series of 3 Blog posts with be a masculine theme using the Stampin’ Up! stamp set Geared Up Garage # 148590. So stayed tuned!

Supplies used are all Stampin’ Up! products and include: Stamp set: Incredible Like You #148708; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Poppy Parade #119793; Ink: Memento #132708, Mango Melody #147093, Poppy Parade #147050 and Granny Apple Green #147095; Clear Blocks B #117147 and D #118485; Stampin’ Piercing Mat #126199; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755. I use the Stampin’ Scrub #126200 with the Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner to clean my stamps.

Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration is going on until March 31, 2019! Get free stuff when you spend $50. Select the “shop here/ click here for my store” button on top to go to my Stampin’ Up! Web page and get all the details!

Posted in beginner stamper, flowers, Occasions Catalog 2019, Two-step stamping

Adorable poppies and cat

Hello wonderful stampers! Anakin here is sleeping snuggly in his cat bed. I believe he will be rejuvenated after his nap. I find stamping to be instrumental in rejuvenating my spirit. That’s why I love to stamp as much as I can!

Don’t worry if you are short on time. Sometimes I just stamp for 10 or 15 minutes at a time. If you follow the instructions for this adorable card, you will have it made in no time at all.

The supplies you will need for this card will be listed below. I am using the same materials and stamp set at the previous post, with the addition of another color of ink.  However, I will put the measurements for the cardstock here. The Whisper White card base is the standard 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, folded in half.  In Whisper White you will also need a 2 x 1 1/2 inch piece and a 5 x 2 1/4 inch piece.  In addition, cut a 2 1/4 x 1 1/2 inch piece of Pineapple Punch, and a 5 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Granny Apple Green.

To get started, use the “I just adore you” sentiment with Memento ink of the small Whisper White piece. Adhere the stamped piece to the Pineapple Punch rectangle.

As we did in the last post, we are going to do 2 step stamping to make the poppies. Begin by using the more detailed poppy first. This is stamped in Mango Melody.

Now use the less detailed poppy to complete the 2 step stamping of the poppy. This is also stamped in Mango Melody.

Next use the Pineapple Punch ink to stamp the more detailed poppy followed by the less detailed poppy as shown.

On the left is the completed poppies. Take care to hold onto your block or you will have something like what is shown on the right!

Remove the extra ink with a baby wipe or moist cloth.

New Technique. Next we are going to make a mask.  This will allow us to stamp the stems and leaves on without covering up the poppies. First stamp the less detailed poppy onto the non-sticky side but on the sticky end of a sticky note. You want the sticky part to be on back of the stamped image. Now you will use the Paper Snips to carefully cut out the image.

Stick the mask over one of the poppies. Stamp the stems on the poppies above the masked poppy.

Continue to stamp the stems onto the poppies, moving the mask as needed.

Use the mask as needed to stamp on the leaves. Adhere the completed poppy piece to the Granny Apple Green rectangle.

Adhere the Granny Apple Green piece to the left side of the card base.

We will lift the sentiment piece up a little using Stampin Dimensionals. These are little foam hexagons with sticky on both sides. Tip: I always put at least one in the center to prevent the elevated piece from getting flattened out.

And now you have an adorable card to share with someone you adore!

Stampin’ Up! supplies included: Stamp set: Incredible Like You #148708; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Pineapple Punch #146971 and Granny Apple Green #146990; Ink: Memento #132708, Pineapple Punch #147141, Mango Melody #147093 and Granny Apple Green #147095; Paper Snips #103579, Stampin Dimensionals #104430, and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Remember that from now until March 31, 2019 Stampin’  Up! is having their Sale-a-bration! This means that for every $50 you spend, you can choose a free item from the Sale-a-bration brochure! Select the “Shop Here” button on this page. This will take you to my store.  If you would prefer a paper copy of the catalog and brochure, private message me on my Facebook page, and I will send it to you.

Posted in flowers, Occasions Catalog 2019, Two-step stamping

Amazing Day

Hello fellow stampers! Here in the Warren District of Bisbee Arizona, I am blessed to have an amazing day start with a beautiful sunrise that I can see from my bedroom window quite often. 

 I hope you can have an amazing day as well. To get that started, here is an amazing card!

To make this amazing card you will need the following Stampin’ Up! products: the Incredible Like You stamp set, Pineapple Punch and Granny Apple Green cardstock and ink, Memento ink and Whisper White cardstock.  The Whisper White card base is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half. You also need a 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch square of Whisper White, a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch square of Granny Apple Green and a 1 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch strip of Pineapple Punch.

 In order to get the sentiment straight on the clear block, first lay it on the card and put the clear block over it. Apply light pressure to get it to stick. Apply Memento ink and put the sentiment onto the  bottom of the Whisper White square. 

The poppy is a 2 step stamp. That means you will stamp one image on top of the other to get the full image. In this case, I have found it easier to stamp the detailed image first.

I had to try this several times to get the final image to my liking.

Now you will stamp the less detailed poppy on top of the detailed image. Sometimes it takes practice to be able to get everything lined up. When you do, the image is incredible.

Next, use a sticky note to cover the sentiment. This allows you to put the stems on without getting them over the sentiment.

After adding the leaves remove the sticky note.

In order to cut the banner, you first make a cut down the center about 1/4 inch in. Cut from the left corner to the center, then from the right corner to the center as shown.

Adhere the stamped image onto the Granny Apple Green square. Now adhere the Pineapple Punch banner to the back. Apply adhesive to the whole piece, and adhere to the card base. And there you have it! An amazing card you can send to one of your amazing friends to brighten their day!

Supply specifics: Stamp set: Incredible Like You #148708; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Granny Apple Green #146990 and Pineapple Punch #146971; Ink: Memento #132708, Granny Apple Green #147095 and Pineapple Punch #147141; Clear blocks: A #118487, B #117147, D #118485 and H #118490; and  Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

 Remember until March 31, 2019 you can order $50 worth of product and get a free Sale-a-bration item from the Sale-a-bration brochure. When you buy everything on the list above, plus some Stampin’ Dimensionals which we’ll use on the next card, you can pick out 2 free Sale-a-bration items. Select the “Shop Here” button on the top right of this blog and you will be taken to my Stampin’ Up! store so you can start collecting some amazing product!

Posted in beginner stamper, Butterfly, Cling Stamp, flowers

Butterflies in Winter

One of the scenes I love in Spring is of the butterflies and flowers. So, even though it is still winter I can bring this scene to life on a card. For this card I used Stampin’ Up! Beauty Abounds and the ‘You’re so Awesome’ sentiment from Flowering Desert. The colors are Shaded Spruce and Pineapple Punch. The card base is in Whisper White cardstock.

I started out with this stamp from Beauty Abounds, and the Shaded Spruce ink.

Apply the ink by tapping on the ink pad, straight up and straight down, until you have ink evenly on the raised part of the stamp. If you have ink on the red rubber around the stamp, or on your block, try tapping more lightly.

Press the stamp straight down on your cardstock and apply moderate but even pressure for about 5 seconds. Take care not to rock the block. Lift the stamp straight up. Following this procedure each time will allow you to get a nice clean image.

Add a few butterflies in Pineapple Punch ink.

Stamp the sentiment from Flowering Cactus in Shaded Spruce onto a strip of Whisper White cardstock measuring 3/4 inch by 4 inches.

The trick to getting a nice banner edge, is to start by cutting straight in at the middle.

Next, cut from one corner to the middle.

Then from the opposite corner to the middle.

Viola!

Now, adhere the Whisper White with the sentiment onto a strip of Pineapple Punch measuring 1 inch by 4 1/2 inches. Then cut the banner edge as shown.

I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to apply the sentiment to the card. These are a piece of foam with adhesive on both sides.

I applied the Dimensionals as shown. This will lift the sentiment up from the card a bit and add, well, add dimension to your card.

The Whisper White card base measures 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches and is folded in half. I trimmed the butterfly and flower piece to 2 1/2 x 3 5/8 inches and adhered it to a piece of Pineapple Punch measuring 2 5/8 x 3 3/4 inches. The first layer is Shaded Spruce at 5 1/4 x 4 inches. I added sequins to put some sparkle on the card.

Supplies used are : Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Shaded Spruce #146981, and Pineapple Punch #146971; Ink: Shaded Spruce #147088 and Pineapple Punch #147141; Stamp sets: Flowering Desert #148700 and Beauty Abounds #148726; Clear Blocks: E #118484 and H #118490; Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins #148561; Paper Snips #103579 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Butterfly, Cling Stamp, flowers, Occasions Catalog 2019

New Cling Stamps from Stampin’ Up!

Hello awesome stampers!  I would like to show you how to make this card, but I first want to spend some time on the new type of stamps called Cling Stamps. These are extra sticky so that they will stay on the acrylic block. However, some folks have had problems with them sticking to other things.

The ‘Beauty Abounds’ stamp set by Stampin’ Up! is an example of a Cling Stamp. You will know this by looking above the title of the stamp set.

Inside the case there will be the red rubber stamp attached to foam with a protective paper on the back, and the plastic vinyl sheet with the images on it.

First, gently remove the stamp from the red rubber/foam sheet.

Next, peel the paper off the back.

The plain foam will stick to the acrylic block, but you cannot see the image. Many stampers leave the images off and just use the stamp like this. However, sometimes you cannot see the orientation of the image.

I accidentally put the butterfly on at the wrong angle because I was using the stamp without the image on it.

Carefully peel the protective cover off of the vinyl image and do not let anything touch it. It is very, very sticky!


Taking care to line up the edges, place the rubber stamp over the image and press lightly to adhere them together.


Gently pull the stamp away from the image sheet. Again, it is very sticky!

Place the stamp with the image on it directly onto an acrylic block. DO NOT LAY THE STAMP DOWN ON PAPER, THE DESK OR ANYTHING ELSE!  It will stick to the paper and then be unusable! You may not be able to remove it from the other surfaces.

When you are done stamping, carefully remove the stamp with the image on it from the block and put it back in the stamp case. When removing the stamp with the image on it, be sure the plastic sheet with the image comes off first and does not tear away from the foam layer. The best way to do this is to slide something between the image sheet and the block–like a fingernail or guitar pick.

Join me tomorrow and we will make the card above!