Posted in #simplestamping, beginner stamper, flowers, Friendship, Mini Catalog 2020, Sale-A-Bration 2020

Beautifully Braided Friendship Card

Hello and Good Day! Happy Friday! I have a very straight-forward and simple card for you today to let a special friend know how much you appreciate their friendship.

The card is made using the Stampin’ Up! Beautifully Braided stamp set, available in the 2020 Mini Catalog.

Measurements: Blushing Bride card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches for the card base; Mint Macaron CS: 4 1/4 x 3 inches; Whisper White CS: 4 1/8 x 2 7/8 inches and 5 1/2 x 1/4 inches; and the Parisian Blossoms Designer Series Paper (DSP) 5 1/2 x 2 inches.

Ok, let’s get started on making this beautiful card!

Stamp the sentiment “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” in Soft Suede ink onto the Whisper White CS in the bottom right hand corner. Tip: Remember to use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat or a pile of catalogs since these are Photopolymer stamps.

Use the Crumb Cake ink to ink up the Ginkgo flower.

Tip: To apply ink to the large ginkgo flower, I lay the stamp upside down and apply the ink to the top. This way I am able to make sure the whole stamp is covered with an even layer of ink.

Stamp the ginkgo flower next to the sentiment at a slight angle.

This is the most challenging part of this card. In order to get the stamp on straight, lay it on the table and then push the block on top. Use the Mint Macaron ink and stamp the image onto the 5 1/2 x 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White. If you don’t get it the first time, just try again.

I used the Stampin’ Write markers in Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron to color the Ginkgo. Tip: Remember if you apply a second layer, the ink will be much darker. Try to use light brush strokes to get the color even.

I colored the flowers in strokes going along the lines of the flower. I intentionally went over some areas 2 or 3 times to make the flower more 3-D.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch piece of Blushing Bride CS at the 4 1/4 inch score line and use the Bone Folder to make the fold crisp. Next, adhere the 5 1/2 x 2 inch strip of the Parisian Blossoms DSP to the left side of the card front.

Adhere the 5 1/2 x 1/4 inch strip of Whisper White CS with the Mint Macaron stamp to the left side of the Parisian Blossoms DSP.

Adhere the Whisper White CS stamped with the Ginkgo onto the 4 1/4 x 3 inch piece of Mint Macaron CS.

Use the Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the Ginkgo flower piece. Tip: I cut my Stampin’ Dimensionals in half to make them last longer, but I do use a full Stampin’ Dimensional in the center.

Adhere the Ginkgo piece to the card front slightly to the right and above the center line.

And Viola! You have a lovely card to send to that special friend to let them know just how appreciated they are!

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed this card. Remember that during Sale-a-bration, which is until March 31, 2020, you may choose free product when you make a $50 or a $100 order. There are new products from a second release to choose from as well as the products that came out in the first release. Check out the details at my online store here.

Stampin’ Up Products used include: Stamp Set: Beautifully Braided #151637; Paper: Blushing Bride #131198, Whisper White #100730 and Mint Macaron #138337; Ink: Soft Suede #147115, Crumb Cake #147116 and Mint Macaron #147106; Stampin’ Write Markers: Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride in the Subtles Stampin’ Write Marker 10 Pack #147156; Clear Blocks: C #118486, F #118483, and I #118488; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Bone Folder #102300.

Posted in Butterfly, flowers, Friendship, Mini Catalog 2020, Multi-layer Stamping, Spring, Stamping-off technique

Sending Positive Thoughts

So much of life is just, well difficult. We all have our struggles. Sending a handmade card with positive thoughts can really make someone’s day and lift their spirits.

This card is very colorful, springy and sends a positive message. The colors are Mint Macaron, So Saffron, Balmy Blue and Highland Heather.

I used the Stampin’ Up! Positive Thoughts stamp set which is available in the 2020 Mini Catalog.

Measurements: Whisper White card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score at 4 1/4 inches, 5 x 3 3/4 inches and 4 x 2 inches; Garden Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

The technique I am going to show you today is Multi-layer Stamping. This is when you stamp several layers on top of each other. It is much easier than you would think!

Start with the main sentiment “Sending positive thoughts and feel good wishes” in Balmy Blue ink.

Use a scrap paper to stamp off before stamping the next image of this sentiment. Stamping Off is when you ink your stamp, stamp on the scrap paper, then stamp on your card front.

Do this several times, Stamping Off each time, until you reach the top of the card front. Do not worry if each line is not perfectly straight. It will not be that obvious once you add the rest of the images.

Use the Mint Macaron ink to stamp the leaf onto the card front. Stamp a second time without re-inking to the right of the first leaf. Mine is so light it is difficult to see in this photo.

Stamp the flowers in So Saffron ink at full strength.

Stamp three of the butterflies in Highland Heather ink onto the 4 x 2 inch Whisper White CS.

Cut out the butterflies with your paper snips. If you do happen to have a Big Shot or other die cutting machine, there are Natures Thoughts Dies available for this stamp set.

To make the butterflies pop off of the card, use the Bone Folder to bend the wings back a bit. Do this gently so you do not tear the wing off.

Use the Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of each butterfly.

Adhere the butterflies to the left upper side of the card front.

Fold the Whisper White CS 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line and use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold. Next, adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Garden Lane DSP to the front panel of the Whisper White CS card base.

Adhere the stamped card front onto to the Garden Lane DSP layer.

And now for some Bling! I used the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush on the butterflies.

It is very hard to get a good photo of how sparkly this is. Try it and see for yourself!

And Viola! You now have a handmade card to send positive thoughts to someone to brighten their day!

Thank you again for joining me today. I hope you can find some creative time today and make something to spread some positive thoughts and kindness. We all need more kindness in today’s world! Be the change you want to see!

This is the best time of year to order products from Stampin’ Up! because it is Sale-a-bration! That means for every $50 of product you order, you may choose from a Sale-a-bration Brochure and receive FREE PRODUCT! There are stamp sets, Designer Series Paper and even an embossing folder! Shop Now at my online store. Sale-a-bration is only until March 31st and products do run out. The Metallic Twine and Sequins are already gone! I am an Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator so if you need any assistance please email me at theresastreasures.az@gmail.com or send me a message on my Facebook page

Stampin’ Up! supplies used include: Stamp Set: Positive Thoughts #151490; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730 and Garden Lane DSP #149488; Ink: Balmy Blue #146982, Mint Macaron #138337, So Saffron #105118 and Highland Heather #146986; Clear Blocks C #118486, D #118485, E #118484 and H #118490; Bone Folder #102300; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals #144108; and the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush #141897.

Posted in #simplestamping, beginner stamper, Friendship, Love/Affection, Mini Catalog 2020

Parisian Blossoms -Love is in the Air

Hello! Hope your day is going better than mine. I am having technical difficulties today, but I believe I have everything worked out.

This is a very simple card that was inspired by a swap I received from my friend Jeanne. I just love the pastel colors and the sparkly ribbon.

The Parisian Beauty stamp set is in the Stampin’ Up! 2020 Mini-Catalog. It is part of the Parisian Blossoms Suite that includes matching Parisian Blossoms Designer Series Paper, Petal Pink Metallic Edged Ribbon and Champagne Rhinestones (as well as a Parisian Flourish Embossing Folder and Parisian Dies).

Measurements: Whisper White Cardstock (CS) Card base 81/2 x 51/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches and 5 3/8 x 2 1/2 inches; Petal Pink CS 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches; Basic Black CS 5 3/8 x 1 inches (you need two); and Designer Series Paper (DSP) 4 1/4 x 1 inches (you need two). I did not have the Parisian Blossoms DSP so I used the Bird Ballad DSP from the Annual Catalog.

Use Smoky Slate Ink to stamp the Eiffel Tower onto the 5 3/8 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White CS. Stamp the Eiffel Tower near the top to allow room for the sentiment and ribbon.

Stamp the sentiment “You’re the joy of my life” in Smoky Slate ink on the very bottom of the panel to allow room for the ribbon.

Whenever I use the Tombow Multipurpose Glue I use the Silicon Craft mat to help keep the glue off of my table. Adhere the two Basic Black 1 inch strips to the back of the Eiffel Tower panel.

Tie a bow around the bottom.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Eiffel Tower panel. I cut the Dimensionals in half to make them last longer. Set the card piece aside.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the Whisper White CS card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Adhere the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch Petal Pink card piece to the front of the card base.

Adhere the 4 1/2 x 1 inch DSP panels to the Petal Pink card piece as shown.

Peel off the backs of the Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhere to the card front, lining the Eiffel Tower panel up with the Petal Pink panel.

And Viola! you have a fun card to express your love to a special someone!

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

Stampin’ Up! Products used include: Stamp Set: Parisian Beauty #151466; Paper: Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Petal Pink #146985 and Basic Black #121045, Designer Series Paper: Bird Ballad #149592; Ink: Smoky Slate #147113; Clear Blocks:
C #118486 and E #118484; Bone Folder: #102300; Silicon Craft Mat #127853; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: Petal Pink 1/4 inch Metallic Edge Ribbon #151194.

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, Birds, Coloring Techniques, Friendship

Coloring a Bird Quartet

I just love the Free As A Bird stamp set by Stampin’ Up!. In addition to the single bird colored for the previous card, there is a quartet of endearing birds! More opportunity to practice coloring with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers!

I again used the Scalloped Note cards and Envelopes by Stampin’ Up! but this time chose the pink. Using the Scalloped Note Cards and Envelopes really makes card making quick and easy. Here’s how I made this card.

Measurements: In addition to the pink Scalloped Note card and envelope, you will need: 4 1/2 x 3 inch Whisper White cardstock and 5 x 1/2 inch strip of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I used Memento ink, Clear blocks B and E, and the following Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers: Light Petal Pink, Light Daffodil Delight, Light and Dark Crumb Cake, Light Soft Suede, and Light and Dark Old Olive.

First, use the Memento Ink to stamp the bird quartet. Side note and tip: Whenever you are using an alcohol marker, you must use Memento Ink or Stazon Ink and not a water-based ink like the majority of the Stampin’ Up! inks. The reason for this is that the water-based ink will smear when exposed to the ink from the alcohol marker, making the edges of the image blurry and the color leaking out of the lines.

I colored the bellies of the birds with the Light Petal Pink. I then added a bit of the Light Soft Suede to the shadows.

I blended the Light Petal Pink with the Light Soft Suede by using the Light Crumb Cake. I followed up with another layer of the Light Petal Pink.

Using the Dark Crumb cake I added a little more shadow, then went back to the Light Crumb Cake to make sure everything blended well. Tip: When adding shadow, use a very small amount of the darker color, then blend it out with a shade or two lighter until you get the effect you like.

I used the Light Petal Pink for the flowers. The leaves were done in Light and Dark Old Olive. I colored the leaves with the Light Old Olive first, then added a small amount of the Dark Old Olive where the shadows were. I used the Light Old Olive again to blend the color. I used the Light Crumb Cake for the branch.

Here is the completely colored bird quartet. Aren’t they charming?

Next I fussy cut the bird quartet. To fussy cut means to cut around the image using scissors, as compared to using a punch or a Framelit to cut around the image. I usually leave a thin white border, although others cut right up to the black line around the image.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the bird quartet.

Before adhering the bird quartet, place it where you want it so you know where to stamp the sentiment. Move the bird quartet out of the way when you stamp the sentiment so that it doesn’t interfere with putting the stamp all the way down on the paper.

Now adhere the bird quartet. I added a 1/2 inch border of DSP to the bottom of the inside of the note card so that it would enhance the scalloped edge and make the card a little more fancy.

That was the quickest and easiest card I have done yet! Fun!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies used include: Stamp Set: Free As A Bird #149468; Ink: Memento #132708; Stampin’ Blends: Light Petal Pink #146866, Light and Dark Crumb Cake Combo #144601 , Light Daffodil Delight #144586, Light Soft Suede #146874 and Light and Dark Old Olive Combo #144597; Paper: Scalloped Note cards and Envelopes #149610; Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper #149592; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and E #118484; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430, Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.