Posted in beginner stamper, Blender Pen, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Grunge style, Masking Technique, Photopolymer, Stamping-off technique, Two-step stamping

Tips for Learning the Masking Technique

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I will demonstrate the Masking Technique to make the leaves appear to be behind the flowers. This adds dimension to your card.

This card is one of three that is made using Stampin’ Up!’s Painted Harvest stamp set. The first card was a Birthday card which you can see on the previous blog. This second card is one to express gratitude. Let’s get started!

Side note: My joint replacement in my right middle finger is doing well but I do still have a bandage on it. Today I chose a purple bandage. Might as well make it colorful!

I also used the Sea of Textures stamp set to add some grunge to the card.

Measurements: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White card base scored at 4 1/4 inches, 5 1/4 x 4 inch Blushing Bride and 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White.

The Stampin’ Up! ink colors for this card are: Blushing Bride, Garden Green, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso. Tip: The Early Espresso dries more slowly than the other colors so take care not to smear the ink, which I have done many times!

The clear blocks needed are: B, C, D, and H.

Tip: The stamps in this set are Photopolymer so you will need the Stampin’ Pierce Mat.

I actually made a mistake when photographing this part. You do not need the Stampin’ Pierce mat for this red rubber stamp. However, it did not seem to affect the quality of the image. Ink the stamp from the Sea of Textures stamp set with Crumb Cake and Stamp Off onto a scrap paper before stamping on the 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White card piece. The idea is to create a faint frame for the flowers.

Continue around the entire border.

The flower is a Two Step Stamp. The stamp on the left is larger and less detailed than the stamp on the right. I used the larger stamp first, but you could do it either way. Try it both ways to see which is easier. Sometimes when the two layers need to be lined up, it is easier to use the more detailed stamp first as it is easier to see through the less detailed stamp.

First stamp a flower in the lower left hand corner, slightly off to the right, using the Blushing Bride ink.

Then stamp a flower in the upper left hand corner and another to the right of the flower on the bottom left hand corner. Tip: Try not to make them perfectly spaced as this does not look natural.

Now use the smaller more detailed flower stamp and stamp directly over the top of the first stamp lining up the center. It isn’t so obvious here, but the flower looks more full after the second layer is stamped on.

To stamp the center of the flower, use the Early Espresso ink and Stamp Off onto the scrap paper first.

Now to prepare for the Masking Technique. Start with three sheets of sticky note paper and stamp the image of the larger flower over the edge with the sticky on it.

Now cut around the edge. Some people cut really close to the stamped edge and others leave a little border. I left a little border.

Separate the papers so you have the three sticky note flowers.

Stick the sticky note flowers on over your stamped flowers.

Tip: Take care to line up the mask properly. Identify a recognizable part of the image to be able to place the mask over the stamped image easily.

The leaves are a Two Step Stamp also. Tip: I made a mistake when I first did this card and used the less detailed stamp on the left first. I found that it was easier to line up the second layer if the more detailed stamp on the right was used first.

Stamp the first layer of the leaves as desired around the flowers.

Go over the first layer of leaves with the second stamp.

Peel the mask off.

Oops! I had not lined my mask up properly and this left a hole in my leaves! Not to worry, there are two ways to fix this that I can think of. The first fix is to do it all over. Urgh!

The second fix is to use a Stampin’ Up! Blender Pen.

The way to use the Blender Pen is to first get some ink on the lid of your stamp pad case. Flip the ink pad over and apply firm pressure. Then open up the stamp case and there should be a nice layer of ink in the lid. Scribble the Blender Pen at the edge of the ink spot and blend it out so that there is a light amount of ink on the pen.

Now apply the ink to the paper gently with a small circular motion until the leaf looks whole again. Not too bad, eh?

When you are finished blending, scribble the Blender Pen on a scrap piece of paper until all the color is out. Now it can be used again with another color! How cool is that!?!

Okay, back to the card we were making. Use the Early Espresso ink to stamp the sentiment in the upper right hand corner. Take care not to smear the ink by allowing extra time for it to dry.

Adhere the stamped card piece to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Blushing Bride.

Adhere the Blushing Bride to the card base. Flip the card over before rubbing it so that the ink doesn’t smear.

And there you have it! Wasn’t that fun? You can do a lot of really interesting cards using the Masking Technique. Take time to play with this technique. If you liked this card and the instructions, please Like my blog. Thanks for stopping by!

The Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Painted Harvest #144783, Sea of Textures #146488; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Blushing Bride #131198; Ink: Crumb Cake #147116, Blushing Bride #147100, Early Espresso #147114 and Garden Green #147089; Clear Blocks: B #117147, C #118486, D #118485, and H #118490; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Paper Snips #103579; Blender Pen #102845; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in Birthday, flowers, Stamping-off technique, Two-step stamping

Recovery, Creating, and Sneak Peek all in one

Well it has been awhile since I have been able to type a blog. My middle finger joint replacement is healing well and I am giving it a shot today. We’ll see how it holds up!

One of the best benefits of stamping and creating is that it takes your mind off of any pain you may be suffering from. Stamping allows you to shift your focus to something more positive and fun!

Today I will show you 2 stamp sets that will not be retiring, and a new embellishment coming on June 4, 2019 in the 2019-20 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I will also share several tips and techniques.

Today’s card is a beautiful and fun Birthday card. This is easier to make than you may think. Let’s get started!

I will be using two Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that are not retiring. The first is Painted Harvest and the second is Perennial Birthday. These are both great sets to have in your collection.

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

This card uses Stampin’ Up! ink in Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green and Soft Suede. You will also need the Stampin’ Pierce mat, paper snips and adhesive. I prefer the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

To add dimension to the sentiment I used the Stampin’ Dimensionals. The embellishment called Bird Ballad Trinket will be in the new catalog available online on June 4, 2019. The clear blocks I used are “B”. “C”, “D” and “H”. (One of the perks about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is that you get to order the new stuff early!)

The first step is to use the Gorgeous Grape ink and stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment onto the 4 1/4 x 1 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Next, apply adhesive to one half of the 4 1/4 x 1 inch piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock, and adhere the Happy Birthday sentiment to it with a little Gorgeous Grape border on the bottom edge.

Tip: To cut a perfect banner , use the paper snips to cut in the middle first. Then cut from one outside corner to the inside of the middle cut. Now cut the other side from the corner to the inside of the middle cut.

Viola! A perfect banner!

The flower is a Two Step Stamp. This means that you are going to stamp one part, then with the same color, and over the first stamp, you will add the second stamp. For this flower I stamped the larger, less detailed flower stamp first. I used Highland Heather ink. Tip: To stamp an organized random pattern, I start in the upper left hand corner and stamp a partial flower. Then I stamp additional flowers moving to the bottom right hand corner, but not exactly in a straight line. I rotated the flower as I went so that the image would not be identical.

Next I stamped the flower in the open spaces to fill it all in.

This is the completed first step of the Two Step Stamping.

The second step of the Two Step Stamp is to stamp the smaller, more detailed stamp directly over the top of the first stamp. You can use a different color if you wish, but I used the same color of ink as I used for the First Step.

Here is the completed card piece done withTwo Step Stamping.

I used Soft Suede ink for the center of the flower. You will need a scrap piece of paper to be able to Stamp Off .

Stamping Off. First apply ink to the center stamp and stamp onto the scrap paper lightly but evenly. Next stamp onto the card piece. This gives a slightly lighter color to the stamped image. It is good to use when using a dark color and not wanting the color to be too strong.

Continue with the stamping off until all of the flowers have a center.

I used Granny Apple Green and one of the leaf stamps from the Perennial Birthday to add some greenery between the flowers.

Use your adhesive to adhere the stamped card piece to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Gorgeous Grape.

Now adhere the card piece to the Whisper White card base.

Apply the Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Happy Birthday sentiment.

Remove the backing on the Dimensionals and adhere to the bottom of the card.

Now to use these wonderful Bird Ballad Trinkets.

I have tried glue dots but they do not last. I recommend a generous amount of the Multi Purpose Liquid Glue. This glue dries clear. Place the trinkets on the glue carefully so you do not have to move them. Leave them be for 20 minutes before moving the card.

And that is all there is to it!

The new catalog is coming June 4, 2019! Here I gave you a sneak peek at some embellishments and non-retiring stamp sets. I plan on showing some new stamp sets soon. For the next 2 cards I will use the Painted Harvest as the main stamp set. That way, when you buy this beautiful stamp set, you will already have 3 different card ideas!

The Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Sets: Painted Harvest #144783 and Perennial Birthday #145760; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Gorgeous Grape #146987; Ink: Gorgeous Grape #147099, Highland Heather #147103, Granny Apple Green #147095 and Soft Suede #147115; Embellishments: Bird Ballad Trinkets #149594 (not available until June 4, 2019); Clear Blocks: A #118487, B #117147, D #118485, and H #118490; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Paper Snips #103579; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Birthday, flowers, Simple stamping

Birthday Bouquet

I have a great card for you today using a beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers!

I am still limited by the recent joint replacement in my middle finger which is still healing. I cannot drive which is the worst thing. I can craft though! i just have to keep it simple.

Measurements: Whisper White 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base; Highland Heather 5 x 3 inches, and Whisper White 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches.

You will need several colors of ink for all the flowers. I used Stampin’ Up! Powder Pink, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, So Saffron, Granny Apple Green and Memento ink.

If you were looking to buy just one stamp set to get started stamping, Stampin’ Up!’s Beautiful Bouquet would be it. Not only is there a multitude of flower arrangements you can create, but there are many useful sentiments for birthday, congratulations, wedding, anniversary and thank you – all the great reasons to send a special card. It is just so wonderful to receive a handmade card from someone!

Let’s get started! The first step in creating this beautiful bouquet is to stamp the stems in Granny Apple Green ink slightly off center to the left.

I used the Highland Heather ink with one of the larger flowers. Remember that using an odd number of an image looks more appealing than an even number.

The lilies are done in So Saffron ink.

I added five of the smaller flowers in Powder Pink ink.

I used Gorgeous Grape ink for the center of the larger flowers.

The center of the lily is done in Memento ink.

I used the single leaf and Granny Apple Green ink to round out the bouquet.

Use the “Happy Birthday” sentiment in Highland Heather to stamp in the lower right hand corner of the Whisper White card base.

Adhere the bouquet onto the piece of Highland Heather, then onto the card base.

Well, Sale-a-bration is over, but a great variety of products is available both in the 2019 Occasions Catalog and the 2018-19 Annual Catalog. These catalogs are good until June 3, 2019. Select the shop button above to look through the catalogs.

Hope you enjoyed this Springtime card! See you again soon!

Posted in beginner stamper, Cake, Designer Series Paper, flowers, Occasions Catalog 2019, Wedding

Sparkly Wedding Cake Card

Boy, what a day! I was planning on finishing the blog about this gorgeous, sparkly wedding cake card, but my youngest son had a Science Fair paper and display board to do. So we spent the whole day doing that! Now, I am going to get this out to you!

This beautiful wedding card is not hard to make as you will see by the following steps. This is the 3rd in a series of 3 cards made with Stampin’ Up!’s Piece of Cake stamp set.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches; Petal Pink 5 x 2 1/4 inches, Floral Romance Designer Series Paper (DSP) 4 3/4 x 2 inches, Fresh Fig 3 x 2 1/4 inches and Whisper White 2 3/4 x 2 inches.

Some of the other products you will need are Memento Ink, Fresh Fig Ink and the Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker.

First stamp the cake platter in Memento ink onto the bottom half of the 2 3/4 x 2 inch piece of Whisper White.

Next stamp the cake in Fresh Fig onto the platter. As you can see, some ink got on my block. Fortunately it did not get on my cardstock!

Now add the little floral bouquet in Fresh Fig on top of the cake.

Use the Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker to color the roses and rosebuds, as well as the center of the daisy-like flowers.

Adhere the colored cake onto the 3 x 2 1/4 inch piece of Fresh Fig. Set aside.

The Floral Romance Designer series paper has this piece of Vellum in the pack. Isn’t it gorgeous? Vellum is a special type of paper that is more translucent. As such, the adhesive will often show through to the other side. Tip: I used a very thin line of the Multipurpose Liquid Glue around the edges.

When adhering the Vellum to the piece of Petal Pink cardstock, I gently massaged the glue into an even layer so that it did not show through.

Lay the two completed card pieces onto the Whisper White card base without using any adhesive. This is to help with placement of the sentiment. Stamp the sentiment “Mr & Mrs” in Memento Ink to the lower right hand corner of the card front.

Now use adhesive to adhere the Petal Pink piece to the card front.

Using Stampin’ Dimensionals on the cake piece, adhere it to the middle of the card front.

This is a very pretty wedding card. But we are not finished yet. We are going to add some bling!

These sparkly pink flowers and sequins are from the Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins in the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions Catalog. In order to transfer them easily, I use the Paper Piercing Tool.

First I added one flower sequin in the center, then one on either side of it to continue the garland.

Next I added 3 sequins. The 3rd sequin is on the little pink flower.

And Viola! You have made a wonderful, gorgeous and sparkly wedding card! Now to get invited to a wedding!

I am heading out of town for the rest of the week to attend a medical conference. You may or may not know that I am a retired Family Medicine Physician. I still try to keep my brain active by keeping up my medical education hours. My plan is to try to blog while there. I have the next 3 cards all ready to go! If it doesn’t work out, I will have the blogs for you next week.

I am going to be using the Stampin’ Up! Nine Lives stamp set. And yes, you guessed it, it has to do with cats!

Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration is still on for another month, until March 31, 2019. Some of the free products are running out, so don’t delay any further and make your order soon! For more details, go to my store by selecting the “Shop” button on top.

The Stampin’ Up! products I used today include: Stamp Set: Piece of Cake #148610; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Fresh Fig #144242; Ink: Memento #132708 and Fresh Fig #147144; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and C #118486; Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers: Dark Flirty Flamingo #147032; Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins #148561; Stampin’ Piece Mat #126199; Paper Piercing Tool;126189; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

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!