Posted in beginner stamper, Coloring Techniques, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Sponge Dauber

Ornate Garden Suite/ Fun with Sponge Daubers

I just love learning new techniques. Today’s card will show how to use the sponge dauber for coloring. There are many ways to use sponge daubers. This is just one way. Experiment with the sponge daubers yourself to learn different coloring techniques.

I used the Stampin’ UP! products in the new Ornate Garden Suite for this card.

Measurements: Calypso Coral Card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches; Old Olive CS: 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches; Whisper White CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 5 x 1 1/8 inches; Gold Foil Sheet: 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches; Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP); 5 x 3 3/4 inches.

Stamp the ‘Thank You” sentiment from the Ornate Thanks stamp set in Calypso Coral ink onto the 5 x 1 1/8 inch piece of Whisper White CS. Stamp in the upper left hand corner.

Now we are going to use the “you made my day!” sentiment which is very skinny. Tip: In order to get the sentiment on straight, lay it on the paper and put the block over it to stick it to the block.

Use Soft Suede ink to stamp the sentiment “you made my day!” just under the “Thank You”. Trim the paper to 3 3/4 inches.

Now for the fun part! Lay the Ornate Garden Specialty DSP on a scrap sheet of paper. Apply Calypso Coral ink to the sponge dauber by gently tapping it onto the ink pad.

Rub in a small circle onto the scrap paper first. With light pressure, rub in small circles onto the Ornate Garden Specialty DSP. Tip: Start light and then add more to make the ink dark.

Continue to color the flowers. Make some darker than others. I know it doesn’t really look that great right now. Kind of just a smudgy mess!

Daub on the Old Olive ink where there are leaves. The card front looks a little better now.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Calypso Coral CS in half at the 4 1/4 inch score mark. Use the Bone Folder to make the fold crisp. This is the card base.

Use the filigree to stamp the corners of the inside of the card in Soft Suede ink. Adhere the card piece to the inside of the Calypso Coral CS card base. The filigree makes the inside a little more fancy.

I must admit that I kind of cheat with the Gold Foil Sheets. I have a Big Shot and some rectangular dies and I cut out the center of the card piece to save the Gold Foil sheet. If you don’t have a Big Shot or other cutting machine, just use the Paper Snips to cut out the center. Adhere the Gold Foil card piece to the Old Olive card piece.

Adhere the Ornate Garden Specialty DSP to the Gold Foil layer, then adhere the whole piece to the card front. Tip: Using multiple layers makes the card more interesting.

Adhere the sentiment piece to the card front on the lower third of the front.

Now for some Bling! There are Gilded Gems in the Garden Suite! Tip: The best way to transfer the gems to the card front is with the Take Your Pick Tool. Slide the pick under the adhesive on the gem.

Place the gem on the card and use light pressure to push the gem onto the card. Continue to apply the gems until you like how the card front looks. Use as many as you like. Keep in mind that an odd number is more pleasing to the eye.

Viola! You now have a beautiful thank you card to send to someone. Remember that an attitude of gratitude helps you be more healthy both psychologically and physically along with spreading some positivity to someone else.

Thank you so much for joining me today. The Garden Suite will go on sale on April 1, 2020. Enjoy your day!

Stampin’ UP! supplies used include: Stamp set: Ornate Thanks #149471; Paper: Calypso Coral CS #122925, Old Olive CS #100702, Whisper White CS #100730, Gold Foil Sheets #132622 and the Ornate Garden Specialty DSP #152488; Ink: Calypso Coral #147101 and Soft Suede #147115; Clear Blocks: C #118486, D #118485 and H #118490; Bone Folder #102300; Take Your Pick tool #144107; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755; and Embellishments: Gilded Gems #152478.

Posted in beginner stamper, bow, Gratitude/ Thanks, Mini Catalog 2020, Photopolymer, Sale-A-Bration 2020, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Ornate Garden Suite for the Beginner with 10 Tips

This is a very simple and beautiful card. I like to practice an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude has been shown to have positive effects on your overall health, increasing happiness and decreasing depression. This card is fun and straight-forward to make. I did go into more detail to help anyone just starting out stamping. There are 10 tips!

Measurements: Whisper White card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches, 3 x 1 3/4 inches and 2 3/4 x 1 1/4 inches; Terracotta Tile: 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches; Gold Glimmer Paper: 5 1/4 x 3/4 inches; Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 1/4 x 2 inches; Old Olive: 3 x 1 1/2 inches. You also need the Ornate Garden Ribbon: 6 1/2 inches for the ribbon around the card and approximately 10 inches to make the bow. Tip #1: Learn how to tie the bow here.

Let’s start stamping! You will stamp the “Thanks” sentiment from the Ornate Thanks Stamp set in Terracotta Tile ink onto the 2 3/4 x 1 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White CS. I stamped a little bit towards the left and above center to allow space for the daisy. Tip #2: This is a Photopolymer stamp (one you can see through). You will need a pad of some sort. I am using the Stampin’ Pierce mat. This is used for Photopolymer stamps to get a better image. You may also use your catalog as a pad if needed.

Stamp the daisy in Memento ink onto the 3 x 1 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White CS. Tip #3: This is a red rubber stamp. You get the best image by stamping on a smooth, firm surface. Note: You can easily see the foam the red rubber rests on. The pink line on top of the foam is the red rubber.

You will need several colors of Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. I started with Light So Saffron alcohol marker (AM) to color the flower petals. Next I used the Dark Daffodil Delight AM to trace the lines in the petals, and make a little ring around the flower center. Tip #4: Practice using the alcohol markers before you do your card. It takes a very light touch to get the ink on the paper, and sometimes it bleeds too far. There is a fine tip and a brush tip. Use the fine tip for small or thin areas and the brush tip for larger areas. Some papers bleed more than others. The Stampin’ Up! Whisper White does not bleed much. It is the best that I have found.

Use the Bronze AM to color the flower center. The Light Old Olive AM is used first for the stem and the leaf.

The reason the markers are called Stampin’ Blends is because you can blend the light and dark shades to make shadows on the image. If you are really good, the image will look 3-D. Tip #5: First apply a thin layer of the Light Old Olive. Then use the fine tip of the Dark Old Olive to trace the line in the leaf and darken the base of the leaf. Finally, use the Light Old Olive to blend the light and dark shades together. Viola!

Fussy cut the daisy cutting as close to the black outline as possible. (“Fussy cut” is the term for cutting an image out with the Paper Snips.)

Tip #6: To get rid of the remaining white on the border, you can go over it with the Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker as shown.

Now it’s time to put everything together. Adhere the Ornate Garden DSP to the bottom of the Terracotta Tile piece, leaving an eighth of an inch border. Then adhere the strip of Gold Glimmer Paper. Tip #7: Try different adhesives to see what you like best. Read all about adhesives here.

Adhere the ribbon to the card front with glue dots. Apply one glue dot to each end of the ribbon. Tip #8: To get the glue dot on the ribbon it is easier to just put the ribbon on top of the glue dot as it is on the roll.

Hold the ribbon in place, flip the card and stick the glue dots down.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS at the 4 1/4 inch score line. This is the card base. Now adhere the decorated card front piece to the front of the Whisper White card base.

Adhere the “Thanks” sentiment to the Old Olive CS piece. We are going to adhere the Thanks piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals. These are little foam pieces with adhesive on both sides. They lift the paper slightly to give dimension to the card.

Tip #9: I usually cut my Stampin’ Dimensionals in half so they last longer. I also cut the part that remains after using all the dimensionals as shown. Apply the Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Thanks piece.

Adhere the Thanks piece to the card front. Now adhere the little daisy we colored and cut out next to the sentiment.

Lastly, add the bow with a glue dot. Tip #9: Apply the glue dot to the back of the bow by placing the bow on the glue dot while it is still on the roll. Gently peel it off of the roll and adhere the bow to the card.

Viola! You have a beautiful thank you card! Tip #10: Now that you have completed the card, send it to someone to let them know how much gratitude you have for them! Too often we make these beautiful cards and then we keep them in a box or something. I am guilty of doing just that, so I have challenged myself to send one card every day for 30 days. I am on day 18. It has been fun and I have gotten wonderful feedback from the folks I have sent cards to!

As always, thank you so much for joining me and reading my blog. I am very grateful to all of you for supporting me in this endeavor!

I am a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. If you see anything you would like to purchase, please visit my online store here. If you would like to contact me, follow me on Facebook here or shoot me an email at: Theresastreasures.az@gmail.com.

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Ornate Thanks #149471 and Ornate Style #152572; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Terracotta Tile CS #150884, Gold Glimmer Paper #146958, Ornate Garden DSP #152488 and Old Olive CS #100702; Ink: Terracotta Tile #150884 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: D #118485 and H #118490; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Glue Dots #103683 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack #152479.

Posted in #simplestamping, beginner stamper, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Masking Technique, Mini Catalog 2020

Peaceful Poppies for Gratitude

Hello! I hope you all enjoyed a long weekend for President’s Day. My family and I went to the local Renaissance Festival and had a great time. I am so grateful for my family and for fun activities!

Because I try to practice gratitude, I am always in need of a thank you note. This one is very quick and simple!

This thank you card is made using the Stampin’ Up! Painted Poppies and the Peaceful Moments stamp sets which are available in the 2020 Mini Catalog. Items in this catalog are available until March 31, 2020 (unless they run out).

Measurements: Whisper White card stock (CS) 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches for the card base and 3 3/4 x 3 inches; and Basic Black CS 3 7/8 x 3 1/8 inches. Yes, only 3 pieces of paper!

First I used some sticky note tape to cover the bottom 1 1/2 inches of the 3 3/4 x 3 inch piece of Whisper White CS. This is a masking technique. You will need Memento ink.

Stamp the field of poppies onto the Whisper White CS. Let dry before removing the sticky note tape.

Use a ruler and the fine tip of the Stampin’ Write Basic Black marker to draw a line under the field of poppies.

Stamp the “Thank You” sentiment in the Memento ink in the center of the bottom half.

Use the Light and Dark Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers to color the poppies.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Use the Bone Folder to make the fold nice and crisp.

Adhere the stamped card piece to the 3 7/8 x 3 1/8 inch Basic Black CS.

Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Basic Black CS.

Adhere the Basic Black card piece to the Whisper White card base in the center of the front panel.

Now for some fun! The Whisper White 1/4 inch Crinkled Seam binding can be colored to any color with the Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers. I used the Dark Poppy Parade marker.

I just placed the ribbon on some scrap paper and colored it.

Tie a bow and adhere it to the card front with a Glue Dot.

Now for some Bling! The are Peaceful Poppy Sequins! Place a small dot of Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue where you would like to place the sequins. You could also try a Glue Dot.

And Viola! you have a really nice, simple and quick Thank You card!

Please leave me a comment and let me know how I am doing. Thank you for following my blog. I could not be successful without you!

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! Shop Now at my online store. Sale-a-bration is only until March 31st and products do run out. 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: Painted Poppies #151599 and Peaceful Moments #151595; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Basic Black #121045;
Ink: Memento #132708; Stampin Blends Alcohol Markers in Poppy Parade #147275; Stampin’ Write Marker in Basic Black #100082; Clear Blocks D #118485; Bone Folder #102300; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Glue Dots #104430 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: Whisper White 1/4 inch Crinkled Seam Binding #151326 and Peaceful Poppies Sequins #151325.

Posted in beginner stamper, Designer Series Paper, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Mini Catalog 2020, Sale-A-Bration 2020

Lovely Lily Pad Thank You

I just love to earn free stuff. During Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration, for every $50 you spend, you choose free stuff from the Sale-a-bration brochure. This card is made from the free Lovely Lily Pad stamp set and the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper (DSP).

This is a really fun and colorful thank you card!

Measurements: Whisper White card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base with a score at 4 1/4 inches, 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 inches; Grapefruit Grove CS: 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and 3 x 3 inches; Bermuda Bay CS: 4 3/4 x 2 inches; Flirty Flamingo CS 3 x 2 1/2 inches; Granny Apple Green CS 3 x 1 1/2 inches; and Lily Impressions DSP 4 5/8 x 1 7/8 inches. Additional supplies: Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, and Memento ink, and Metallic Bakers Twine and Sequins Combo Pack.

The sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up! Peaceful Moments stamp set. Stamp the “Thank You” sentiment in Memento ink onto the bottom of the 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 inch piece of Whisper White CS. Tip: This is a red rubber stamp so you do get a good image when stamping on a flat surface.

Stamp the lily in Flirty Flamingo ink onto the 3 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Flirty Flamingo CS. Next, stamp the lily pad in Granny Apple Green ink onto the 3 x 1 1/2 piece of Granny Apple Green CS. Tip: To get the best image with a see through Photopolymer stamp, use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat or your catalog. I cover my Pierce Mat with white copy paper so that the ink goes on the paper and not the Mat.

Cut out the lily and the lily pad with your Paper Snips. (If you do have a Big Shot, there are Lily Pad Dies you could use). Adhere the lily pad onto the Whisper White CS piece just over the “Thank You” sentiment. I use Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the lily.

Adhere the lily just over the lily pad. Now adhere the whole piece to the 3 x 3 inch piece of Grapefruit Grove CS.

Adhere the 4 5/8 x 1 7/8 inch piece of Lily Impressions DSP to the 4 3/4 x 2 inch piece of Bermuda Bay CS.

Wrap the Bermuda Bay colored Metallic Bakers Twine around the card piece 2 times, then tie a bow.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS at the 4 1/4 inch scoreline and run the Bone Folder over it so it is a nice, crisp fold.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Whisper White CS to the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch Grapefruit Grove CS. Then adhere the piece to the front of the Whisper White card base.

Adhere the Bermuda Bay and Lily Impressions DSP piece to the card front.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the piece with the lily and lily pad on it.
Tip: I get the corner pieces from cutting up the leftover outside edge of the Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Adhere the lily and pad piece to the card front above the bow.

Now for the Bling! Apply the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the area you would like to place the sequins.

The Take Your Pick tool is an easy way to pick up a sequin and place it on the glue.

Easy peasy!

And Viola! you have made a colorful Thank You card!

Thank you for joining me today! I just love making cards and sharing the instructions. Many cards look complicated but they really aren’t if you go step by step. I hope you take time to create something for yourself soon. I feel a lot of joy when I take time to design and make new cards! I wish joy for you too!

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and can help you order supplies to be able to make great cards. Visit my store at: https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb?dbwsdemoid=2163434. Email me at theresastreaures.az@gmail.com, or private message me on Facebook Thank you so much for your business.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies used include: Stamp Set: Lovely Lily Pad #152288 and Peaceful Moments #151595; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Grapefruit Grove CS #146972, Bermuda Bay CS #131197, Flirty Flamingo CS #141416, Granny Apple Green CS #146990 and Lily Impressions DSP #152284; Ink: Memento #132708, Flirty Flamingo #147052 and Granny Apple Green #147095; Clear Blocks: C #118486, D #118485 and H #118490; Bone Folder #102300; Take Your Pick Tool #144107; Paper Snips #103579; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: Metallic Baker’s Twine and Sequins Combo Pack #152314.

Posted in beginner stamper, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Mini Catalog 2020

Thank You Tag card

In the aftermath of Christmas, there are many thank yous to be written. The following is a slightly different type of card. I hope you like it!

This card is made using the new Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee stamp set and the free Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series paper (DSP). These products will be available on January 3, 2020 from the Mini Catalog. See more about getting the free paper at the end of the card instructions.

This stamp set is so cute!

I also used the Healing Hugs stamp set that is available in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch card base, 5 x 3 3/4 inches and 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches; Bermuda Bay cardstock 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Pineapple Punch cardstock 4 x 2 3/4 inches and 1 1/2 x 3 inches; Golden Honey Specialty DSP two of 3 3/4 x 3 inches.

Using Memento ink, stamp the small honey bee onto the 1 1/2 x 3 inch piece of Pineapple Punch cardstock. Set aside.

Using Pineapple Punch ink, stamp the rose from the Healing Hugs stamp set onto the top of the 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock.

I did not like the way the rose stamped on the first try because the detail was not as obvious as I would like. The Healing Hugs stamps are Distinctive. This means they are more like a photo. Tip: Sometimes the image looks better when the ink pad is not so wet. You can use the bone folder to temporarily move the ink to the side. The image has more detail when stamped this way. (I just flipped the paper over to re-stamp the image).

Use the Memento ink to stamp the “Thank You” sentiment just under the Pineapple Punch rose. The sentiment is from the Love What You Do stamp set in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

You will need to cut the two pieces of the Golden Honey DSP as shown.

You will be using the two pieces on the bottom.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock to the 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Apply adhesive only to the square edge of the Golden Honey DSP piece and adhere to the 5 x 3 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White so that the triangles overlap in front and make a pocket.

Adhere the stamped rose and sentiment piece to the 4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Pineapple Punch cardstock.

Slide the tag into the pocket as shown.

Fussy cut the honey bee with your Paper Snips.

Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the back of the honey bee.

Adhere the honey bee to the rose.

Make a bow with the 1/4 inch Mini Striped Ribbon in Bermuda Bay. Adhere to the card with a glue dot.

And Viola! you have a really cute thank you note. I hope you enjoy your New Year’s Eve. Stay safe! See you next year!

How to get free stuff. Stampin’ Up! has a promotion called Saleabration from January 3, 2020 until March 31, 2020. During this time, for every $50 you order, you can choose a product from the Saleabration Brochure. The free product I used today is the Golden Honey Specialty DSP. There are also stamp sets, embellishments and framelits to choose from. You may order from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog or (starting January 3, 2020) you may order from the Mini Catalog. If you would like a paper catalog, please let me know via email at theresastreasures.az@gmail.com.

Stampin’ Up! products used included: Stamp Sets: Honey Bee #151527, Healing Hugs #148223 and Love What You Do #148042; Paper: Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Bermuda Bay #131197 and Pineapple Punch #146971; Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper #152311; Ink: Memento #132708 and Pineapple Punch #147141; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Glue Dots #103683 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Ribbon: 1/4 inch Mini Striped Ribbon in Bermuda Bay #146939; Clear Blocks: A #118487 and D #118485; and Paper snips #103579.

Posted in beginner stamper, Coloring Techniques, Gratitude/ Thanks, Sponge Dauber

Thankful for Fun Techniques

“It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people that are happy”-Unknown

Whenever I start feeling down or blue I try to remember to think of something I am thankful for. Fortunately I have 4 healthy and successful children, a loving husband and many friends who I am thankful for on a daily basis. I have been truly blessed. The card today was made to express this thankfulness.

I won this Stampin’ Up! stamp set by completing a challenge my friend put out. At first, I didn’t really think much of this set. But after creating this card, and a few more, I began to really like the images.

Measurements: Whisper White 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches, 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches and a 2 1/2 x 1/2 inch strip; Crumb Cake 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Terracotta Tile 4 x 2 1/2 inches.

I am going to share with you today a really fun technique. You will need Daffodil Delight and Cajun Craze Stampin’ Up! ink. We will be using the image with the leaves.

Stamp with the Daffodil Delight and then lay the block on the table with the stamp facing up.

Using a sponge dauber, daub it onto the Cajun Craze ink.

Daub the Cajun Craze ink onto the stamp in patches.

Now stamp the image onto the 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White card stock toward the top of the paper. Isn’t that so cool! I just love how the different colors make the leaves look!

Stamp the tree trunk in Soft Suede ink.

Stamp the pot in Terracotta Tile ink.

Use the Terracotta Tile ink to stamp the sentiment “So Thankful” onto the 2 1/2 x 1/2 inch strip of Whisper White cardstock.

Clean the leaves image well and use the Crumb Cake ink to stamp leaves all over the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Crumb Cake card stock.

Cover the whole piece of card stock with the leaves.

Use the bone folder to fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White card stock at the 4 1/4 inch scoreline.

Adhere the Crumb Cake card stock piece to the card front.

Adhere the stamped image to the 4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Terracotta Tile card stock.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the stamped image piece. I cut my Dimensionals in half so they will last longer. It still seems to elevate the piece just as if you had used a whole Dimensional.

Apply the stamped image piece to the card front, slightly to the left of center.

Cut a banner end onto both ends of the sentiment piece.

Adhere a Stampin’ Dimensional to the right hand side of the sentiment, behind the end of the “Thankful” .

Adhere the sentiment to the card front.

Now for some bling! I just love the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels in the Holiday Catalog!

I use a Piercing Tool to transfer the rhinestones from the package to the card.

I added three rhinestones to the card front.

And Viola!, you have a wonderful card to send to someone and let them know how thankful you are for them!

Thank you for reading my blog. Join me again next week for a Christmas card. Yes, it is time to start getting those cards ready! See you next time!

Stampin’ Up! products used included: Stamp Set: Beauty and Joy #150518; Clear Block: C #118486 and D #118485; Card stock Paper: Whisper White #100730, Terracotta Tile #150884 and Crumb Cake #120953; Ink: Daffodil Delight #147094, Cajun Craze #147085 and Terracotta Tile #150086; Sponge Dauber #133773; Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels #150457; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; and Paper Snips #103579.

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. I would love to help you get started stamping at home. Contact me and let me know what you need. Stamping is cheaper than therapy!!

Posted in Aqua Painters, Coloring Techniques, Gratitude/ Thanks, Thanksgiving, Watercolor Techniques

Harvest Blessings

Autumn leaves filling up the street; golden colors on the lawn, natures trick or treat.-Rusty Fischer

I just love the coolness and freshness of fall! With the holidays approaching, it is a great time to stock up on some cards. Here is a card of thanks.

This beautiful fall card is a lot of fun to make because it involves using the Aqua Painter to watercolor the background. I CASE’d this card from one done by Peggy Noe. This card is for the more avid stamper as it uses 3 different stamp sets.

Measurements: Very Vanilla card stock card base: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches and a 3 1/4 x 3/4 inch strip; Pumpkin Pie card stock: 5 1/8 x 3 1/8 inches; Fluid 100 Watercolor paper: 5 x 3 inches. You will also need ribbon from the Gather Together combo pack, Leaves Trinkets and of course an Aqua Painter. This card was made with Cajun Craze and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Up! ink.

First you need to use the Aqua Painter to moisten the watercolor paper. Gently squeeze the Aqua Painter until a drop of water comes to the tip of the brush. Now spread water evenly over the watercolor paper. Note: I placed the watercolor paper on my Stampin’ Pierce mat because the first stamp is a Photopolymer. The black paper is just so you can see the watercolor paper better.

Stamp the wheat bundle in Cajun Craze onto the moist watercolor paper. The more water on the paper, the more blurred the image will be. Note: The wheat bundle is from the Stampin’ Up! Gather Together stamp set.

Continue to stamp around the edge. Use the Aqua Painter again to smear the ink a little and add color to the rest of the watercolor paper.

Take the paper off the Stampin’ Pierce mat because the next stamp is red rubber. Keeping the watercolor paper moist, stamp the flower bunch in Pumpkin Pie ink around the edge of the watercolor paper. Note: The flower is from the Stampin ‘ Up! Healing Hugs stamp set.

Use the Aqua Painter to smear the Pumpkin Pie color onto the rest of the watercolor paper. Let dry or use a heat tool to expedite the drying process.

Clean the Aqua Painter by squeezing out water onto a paper towel until it runs clear.

Stamp the sentiment “Happy Harvest Blessings” in Cajun Craze. Note: This sentiment is from Stampin’ Up! Country Home stamp set.

Use your paper snips to cut a banner end on the left hand side. Tip: Start with a center cut, then cut from one corner to the center and repeat on the other side.

Use the bone folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 score line on the Very Vanilla card base.

Adhere the dried watercolor paper onto the 5 1/8 x 3 1/8 inch Pumpkin Pie card piece. Flip over to rub on the back of the piece to ensure the adhesive sticks and you don’t smear the ink.

Apply a glue dot to the ribbon by pressing the ribbon onto the roll. Put a glue dot on each end.

Line up the ribbon on the front, then flip over and press to adhere the glue dots.

Use the Cajun Craze colored twine to tie around the card and make a bow slightly to the left of center. Adhere this piece to the Very Vanilla card base.

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

Position the sentiment on the bottom right hand side of the stamped piece. Use glue dots to adhere the Leaves Trinkets just under the bow.

Tip: Pick up a glue dot with a Pierce tool and apply it to the card front behind the trinkets. This will stabilize the bow and Trinkets so they do not flop around.

And there you have a beautiful fall card!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Gather Together, Country Home and Healing Hugs; Paper: Very Vanilla card stock #101650, Pumpkin Pie card stock #105117, and Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper #149612; Ink: Cajun Craze #147085 and Pumpkin Pie #147086; Blocks: D #118485 and H #118490; Adhesive: Mini Glue Dots #103683, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755; Ribbon and twine: Come to Gather Ribbon Combo Pack #150456; Leaves Trinkets #146343; Aqua Painter #103954, Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199 and Paper Snips #103579. The Take Your Pick #144107 can be used as the pierce tool.

Posted in Autumn, beginner stamper, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Photopolymer

Autumn Bouquet

Fall flowers are as beautiful as fall leaves. I love all the oranges and yellows! For this bouquet I threw in a little Baja Blue and Melon Mambo.

The stamp set is Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Bouquet. This one is a little treasure! The flowers are multiple, but as you can see, so are the sentiments! There is a little something for just about every occasion. Today we will be making a Thank you card.

Measurements: Whisper White 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/2 inches and 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches; Calypso Coral 5 x 3 inches.

Stampin’ Up! Ink needed: Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Balmy Blue and Daffodil Delight. You will also need: Memento ink; Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack; clear blocks: A, B, C, D and E; and adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini glue dots and Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Be sure to use the Stampin’ Pierce mat since these are Photopolymer stamps. I placed a black cardstock behind the card piece so you could see it better. Using the E block and Old Olive ink, stamp the bouquet stems slightly to the left of center on the 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White.

Use one of the larger flowers on the C block to stamp with the Calypso Coral. Tip: I usually try to use an odd number of elements as it seems to be more pleasing to the eye.

Use the D block and the lily in Daffodil Delight next.

Use the smaller full flower on the A block to stamp in Balmy Blue. Next use the flower center in Melon Mambo to stamp the center of the Calypso Coral flowers.

Continue to use the flower center in Melon Mambo to make 3 small flowers in the bouquet.

Use the Memento ink and the lily flower center to accent the lilies.

Add leaves in Old Olive to round out the bouquet and fill in any gaps.

Stamp the “Thanks a Bunch” sentiment in Old Olive on the lower right hand corner of the card front.

Adhere the floral bouquet piece to the 5 x 3 inch piece of Calypso Coral.

Adhere Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the bouquet/Calypso Coral piece. As you can see, I have cut several of my Stampin’ Dimensionals in half. I use a full Stampin’ Dimensional in the center.

Remove the protective coating on the Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhere to the card front just over the sentiment.

Use the Magnolia Lane ribbon in the combo pack to make a bow. Adhere the bow with a glue dot.

And Viola! You have a gorgeous autumn bouquet of thanks for someone special!

The Stampin’ Up 2019 Holiday Catalog is online. I would be honored if you were my customer. To choose me as your demonstrator go to my web site at: https://theresastreasures.stampinup.net. You can download a PDF of the catalog there.

Join me next week for a Halloween card. I will be using Stampin’ Up! Spooktacular bash and the Monster Mash Designer Series paper. Halloween is so much fun and the Spooktacular stamp set is great for making all kinds of cards and treats!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Beautiful Bouquet #143666; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Calypso Coral #122925; Ink: Memento #132708, Calypso Coral #147101, Daffodil Delight #147094, Balmy Blue #147105, Old Olive #147090 and Melon Mambo #147051; Clear Blocks: A #118487, B #117147, D #118485, and E #118484; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack #149485; Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430, Mini Glue Dots #103683 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in Autumn, beginner stamper, Gratitude/ Thanks, Photopolymer

Colorful Autumn Leaves

“And all at once summer collapsed into fall”- Oscar Wilde

Well, the temperature has dropped and my morning walks require a light jacket. Fall is definitely in the air! I love fall colors, especially the colors in the Stampin’ Up! color palate.

I will be using Stampin’ Up! stamp sets Gather Together and Birch.

Measurements: Very Vanilla cardstock: 11 x 4 1/4 inches scored at 5 1/2 inches and 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches; Soft Suede cardstock: 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Crushed Curry, Mango Melody and Cajun Craze 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches (one of each color).

In addition you will need: Stampin’ Up! ink in Cajun Craze, Soft Suede and Crumb cake, Clear blocks B and D, the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Pierce Mat, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Mount the larger leaf onto a D clear block and stamp the leaf in Cajun Craze onto each of the 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch colors. Tip: Use the Pierce mat since this is a Photopolymer stamp to get the best stamped image.

If you have a cutting machine, like a Big Shot, you could use the Gathered Leaves Dies to cut the leaves out. Or you can fussy cut the leaves with your Paper Snips as I did.

I usually purchase the wood block version of the large background stamps. I find it easier to use. I place the stamp image-side up on the table and apply the ink.

Carefully lay the cardstock over the stamp. Use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat and apply even pressure. This will ensure that the ink is distributed evenly to the cardstock.

Hold the cardstock steady with one hand, lift up one corner and peel off.

Use the B clear block to mount the “Season of Thanks” sentiment. Stamp in Soft Suede onto the Birch background. Note: I stamped the sentiment a little too high so that the leaf did not fit above it when it came to that step. Tip: Lay the leaves on the Birch background piece to determine where to stamp the sentiment.

Fold the Very Vanilla 11 x 4 1/4 inch piece at the 5 1/2 inch scoreline. Use the bone folder to make the fold clean and crisp.

Adhere the Soft Suede 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece to the card base. Now adhere the Birch Background piece with the sentiment to the Soft Suede.

This is the point at which I realized the sentiment was stamped a little too high for the leaf to fit over it. No worries. I just moved it until I could get it to fit as well as possible. Adhere the Crushed Curry leaf on top and the Cajun Craze leaf on the bottom.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Mango Melody leaf.

Adhere the Mango Melody leaf between the Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze leaves.

The new Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels in the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Holiday Catalog are simply gorgeous! There are 5 different colors!

Tip: Use a tool to get under the adhesive on the rhinestone and position it over the spot where you want it on the card. Use the other finger with gentle pressure to slide the rhinestone off onto the card.

Position an odd number of rhinestones in a triangle pattern to get a nice effect.

And there you have a nice autumn card with colorful falling leaves!

“Autumn leaves are falling, filling up the street; golden colors on the lawn, nature’s trick-or-treat”-Rusty Fischer.

Check back next Tuesday for a card with a nice fall floral bouquet!

The Stampin’ Up 2019 Holiday Catalog is online. I would be honored if you were my customer. To choose me as your demonstrator go to my web site at: https://theresastreasures.stampinup.net. You can download a PDF of the catalog there. There is a special on Designer Series Paper(DSP) right now, so when you visit my website look for more information. Don’t delay because the sale on DSP ends September 30, 2019!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Gather Together #150589 and Birch #149259; Cardstock: Very Vanilla #101650, Soft Suede #115318, Crushed Curry #131199, Mango Melody #146989 and Cajun Craze #119684; Ink: Cajun Craze #147085, Crumb Cake #147116 and Soft Suede #147115; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and D #118485; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Dies: Gathered Leaves #150662; Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels #150457; Paper Snips #103579; Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in 3D Technique, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Making a 3-D Magnolia Card

Sorry for the long absence. So much for having extra time to blog now that school started. I am finding that even though I only have 1 kiddo left out of 4, he really keeps me busy! I am just going to have to sit down and schedule time to blog and make cards! Stamping and making cards is what helps keep me relaxed.

I absolutely love making cards! Especially if I can make it better by changing it a little bit. I initially made this card flat but I felt it wasn’t quite what I wanted. By making the flower 3-D, the card really comes to life!

The Stampin’ Up! stamp set I am using is Good Morning Magnolia. The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is Magnolia Lane.

Measurements: Very Vanilla cardstock 11 x 4 1/4 inches scored at 5 1/2 inches, another 11 x 4 1/4 inch piece for stamping the Magnolia, and a 2 1/4 x 1 inch strip for the sentiment. Magnolia Lane DSP 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 5 x 3 3/4 inches. The DSP is the same design but I just used each of the two sides.

These are the two stamps we will use. Additionally, you will need the following: Memento ink, Stampin’ Up! clear acrylic blocks C and F, Stampin’ Blends in Old Olive, Petal Pink, Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede, Magnolia Memory Dies, Magnolia Lane Ribbon Pack, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dimensionals, glue dots and paper snips.

Well, let’s get started! Fold the scored 11 x 4 1/4 inch Very Vanilla in half. This will be the card base. Set aside. The other 11 x 4 1/4 inch piece will be stamped with the magnolia flower- three times.

Tip: When using a large stamp, I find I get more even coverage with the ink if I ink it stamp-side up.

Using Memento ink, stamp the first of three magnolia images close to the edge.

OOPS! I dropped the stamp right on top of my work! Well, not to fear. This time the ink is not really going to get in the way because I will only need one full flower. The other flowers will be cut up.

I just use a Baby Wipe to clean everything up and then keep going!

Stamp the other two magnolias as close together as you can. I rotated the stamp to make it fit. For the last image on the right, I only need the very center of the flower so it doesn’t matter that it is over the edge.

Stamp the “Thanks” sentiment in Memento ink onto the 1 inch strip of Very Vanilla and set aside.

I am by no means a talented artist when it comes to coloring. I am going to show you what I did. If you have your own way of coloring, please proceed using your own technique.

I used the Dark Petal Pink and the smaller end to put shadows where I thought they should go,

I then used the brush tip of the Light Petal Pink to blend out the edges of the Dark Petal Pink. I did not color the whole flower out to the edge. I left some without color because I wanted the Very Vanilla cardstock to show through.

Here is my finished flower. Color one of the flowers completely, the middle of the second flower and leave the third flower uncolored.

Don’t forget to use the Daffodil Delight to color the center of the partially colored flower.

I actually made a mistake when I was photographing the making of this card. For the flower that you are coloring the leaves on, the flower itself will be complete covered by the layer so it doesn’t need to be colored.

I used the small tip of the Dark Old Olive to color where I thought the shadow should be.

I used the brush tip of the Light Old Olive to blend the color out to the edge of each leaf.

I used the Light and Dark Soft Suede to color the stem of the one with the colored leaves.

You could use the Magnolia Memory Dies to cut the Magnolia on the Big Shot if you have one. I forgot I had the dies and fussy cut the larger image.

Next I fussy cut the completely colored flower without any leaves.

And finally I cut the partially colored flower. Now we have all the layers.

Use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue (or any other adhesive) to adhere the larger of the DSP pieces to the front of the card base. Next adhere the smaller of the DSP pieces using the flip side.

I put Dimensionals on the 2 cut out magnolia flowers.

Adhere the “Thanks” sentiment, then the full magnolia with leaves flat on the card front. Adhere the completely colored magnolia flower without leaves, then the partially colored flower. The effect is just amazing and is very simple to do!

Make a bow from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon and adhere it to the card front with a glue dot. If you need help making a bow, see my blog about tying a bow which is from 02/2019: https://theresas-treasures.com/2019/02/15/making-a-bow/

Here is the finished card.

I loved this effect so much I made several cards using variations of the first card.

Okay, my goal is to blog once a week, hopefully every Tuesday. Thanks for hanging in there with me! See you next time!

Promotion!! I am having a Summer promotion. For every $30 ordered at my store, you can earn 3 tickets. The prize will be: the Free as a Bird stamp set, Bird Ballad DSP, a roll of 3/8 inch Scalloped Lace Trim, Memento ink and the Flower Faceted Gems–valued at over $50! The drawing with be on September 14, 2019. Good luck!

Stampin’ Up Products used to make this card include: Stamp Set: Good Morning Magnolia (#149298); Dies: Magnolia Memory (#149578); Paper: Very Vanilla cardstock (#101650) and Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper (#149484); Ink: Memento (#132708); Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers: Light and Dark Old Olive combo pack (#144597), Light and Dark Petal Pink combo pack (#147272), Dark Daffodil Delight (#144585), and Light and Dark Soft Suede combo pack (#147273); Magnolia Lane Ribbon combo pack (#149485); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755) Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683); Clear Blocks: C (#118486) and F (#118483) and Paper Snips (#103579).