Posted in #simplestamping, Animals, beginner stamper, Bunny, Easter, Mini Catalog 2020, Rabbit, Sponging technique, Spring

Welcome Easter Cute Bunny

Hello and Good Day! I hope you amazing people are doing well and hanging in there with all the social distancing and self quarantine. It is really different. Easter will be very different as I will be “going” to mass online. Not the usual pretty dress, and new shirt and tie affair I am used too.

This is a cute Easter card with Springtime colors. It is very simple to make using the Welcome Easter stamp set in the Stampin’ UP! Mini Catalog.

Measurements: Card Base is Petal Pink card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score mark at 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches and 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches; Best Dressed Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 1/2 x 2 inches; 5/8 inch Organdy Striped Ribbon 7 inches and a bow.

Let’s Get Started:

I wanted the “Happy Easter” sentiment to be able to fit inside the Pretty Label punch. One thing you can do is cut the stamps so you can use a different arrangement for the sentiments. It is a little scary at first! They do fit back together on the block so you can use the original arrangement. Use the Melon Mambo ink to stamp the ‘Happy” onto the 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch Whisper White CS.

Stamp the “Easter” sentiment just under the “Happy” and slightly to the right. See how it fits nicely inside the Pretty Label Punch? Go ahead and punch the sentiment out.

Stamp the bunny and the little bee in Memento ink onto the 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. I just love this cute bunny!

Stamp the little patches of grass in Granny Apple Green ink just under the bunny. Tip: It is best to use the size of block that most closely fits the size of the stamp. You have more control and will not rock the stamp as much, thereby avoiding the halos you can get around your stamp. Sometimes you have to place the stamp on the diagonal to achieve this.

Use the Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Write Marker to color the bee. The Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Marker is used for the bunny’s ears and feet. Add a little bit of black with the Black Stampin’ Write Marker on the bee and the bunny’s nose.

Now we are going to use the Sponging Technique. To get the sponge ready, cut the Stamping Sponges in quarters, then cut each quarter in half. I attach a square of the coordinating color of cardstock with the name of the color written on it by stapling it to the top.

The Sponging Technique is an easy way to add a slight border to the card piece. Dab the ink with the sponge, then brush the edge of the card piece back and forth as you move along the edge. Tip: Start with light pressure so you only get a little ink on the card piece. You can always add more color but you can’t take it away!

This is the completed bunny piece with just a hint of Melon Mambo ink along the edge.

Use the Sponging Technique on the Pretty Label sentiment and the strip of Best Dressed DSP. On the DSP just sponge the two long sides.

We will adhere the ribbon with Glue Dots. Apply one Glue Dot to each end of the 7 inch piece of Organdy Striped Ribbon. Tip: I find it easiest to put the ribbon on top of the Glue Dot while it is still on the roll.

Adhere the ribbon to the strip of Best Dressed DSP, slightly to the left. Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold on the card base.

Adhere the DSP piece to the front of the card base, slightly to the left. Use a Glue Dot to adhere the bow to the top left of the card.

Now add some Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the bunny and the sentiment. Tip: Make your Stampin’ Dimensionals last twice as long by cutting them in half.

Adhere the bunny piece, then the sentiment piece.

Viola! You have a very sweet Easter card! I hope you are able to observe the Easter season in a way that is still meaningful to you. It may take some creativity. Stay open to new ways of doing things. I have really been enjoying meeting with my friends on Zoom. That may be a great way for you and your family to get together.

Thank you so much for joining me today. I really enjoyed making this cute card.

Today is the last day for Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration! This is your last chance to chose free product with a $50 or $100 order. There are new items on the list which include the Dual Butterfly Punch and several DSP’s. Check out my store by clicking here.

Posted in #simplestamping, balloons, beginner stamper, Birthday, Mini Catalog 2020, Punch, Sale-A-Bration 2020, Simple stamping

Birthday Balloon Bling – Layered with Kindness

Well hello again! Great to have you visiting my blog. Today I created a very simple Birthday card with a lot of rhinestone bling and balloons!

This is a really tough time for us all, being stuck at home and not being able to hug each other for support. My goal was to create a sunny, happy card today. I love the way it turned out!

The Stampin’ Up! Layered With Kindness stamp set has a great Happy Birthday sentiment. There is a coordinating Label Me Lovely Punch to make it very fancy.

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score at 4 1/4 inches and a 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch piece to stamp on; Daffodil Delight CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Grapefruit Grove CS: 4 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches; Birthday Bonanza Designer Series Paper (DSP):4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches; and Terracotta Tile CS: 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.

Stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment in Terracotta Tile ink onto the 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White CS. Use the Label Me Lovely Punch to punch the stamped image out.

Punch out a Lovely Label using the 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Terracotta Tile CS.

Cut the label in half diagonally from one corner to the other as shown.

Adhere the Terracotta Tile label to the “Happy Birthday” sentiment piece leaving just a small border on the top of the sentiment label. Tip: I use the Silicon Craft Sheet for gluing to keep the glue off of my table.

Now add the bottom half of the Terracotta Tile label to the sentiment label. Trim any edges as needed. Set aside.

Adhere the Grapefruit Grove piece to the balloons from the Birthday Bonanza DSP.

Cut a 4 inch piece of the Daffodil Delight 1/4 inch Ruched Ribbon. Apply a Glue Dot to each end.

Position the ribbon, then flip and push on the Glue Dots to adhere it in place.

Use the Bone Folder to get a nice crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line on the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS to make the card base. Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Daffodil Delight CS to the front of the card base.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the balloon piece.

Adhere the balloon piece to the card front, slightly to the right of center.

Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the back of the “Happy Birthday” piece behind the “Birth” side of the piece. Apply Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Snail Adhesive tape to the “Day” side.

Adhere the sentiment label to the left upper portion of the card front.

Tie a bow with the Daffodil Delight 1/4 inch Ruched Ribbon and apply a Glue Dot to the back.

Adhere the bow to the card front.

Now add the Bling! Put as many Rhinestones as you desire. I ended up using 9 rhinestones! Tip: Use the Take Your Pick tool for transferring the rhinestones from the package to the card.

And Viola! You have a bright, cheery Birthday Balloon with Bling! card to send to someone!

As I said earlier, this is a tough time. It is so important to stay optimistic. Crafting is a way to stay positive and then spread that positive feeling to someone else by sending them the card you make. I did a challenge for myself since I had many cards stashed away. I decided to send a card to someone each day for 30 days. It was a great way to get my cards out to someone and hopefully spread some hope and joy!

Sale-a-bration is winding down. The best deal of the year will only be available until March 31, 2020. There are many FREE products to choose from when you place a $50 order at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store. Click on the Stampin’ Up! Online store to connect directly to my store.

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator and would be happy to help you gather the supplies you need to do some crafting. Send me an email at: theresastreasures.az@gmail.com or private message me through my Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/theresastreasures.az/. I would also love to have you on my team of demonstrators. If you are interested, let me know.

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you feel a little more hope and joy. Hang in there!

Stampin’ Up! Products included: Stamp Set: Layered With Kindness #151655; Punch: Label Me Lovely #151296; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Daffodil Delight CS #119683, Grapefruit Grove #146972, Terracotta Tile CS #150884 and Birthday Bonanza DSP #151313; Ink: Terracotta Tile #150086; Clear Blocks: D #118485; Silicon Craft Sheet #127853; Bone Folder #102300; Take Your Pick tool #144107; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Glue Dots #103683; Embellishments: Daffodil Delight 1/4 inch Ruched Ribbon #153815 and Rhinestone Basic Jewels #144220.

Posted in #simplestamping, Animals, beginner stamper, Birthday, cactus, Coloring Techniques, Mini Catalog 2020, Sale-A-Bration 2020, Simple stamping, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

The Gang’s All Meer for a Birthday Greeting

Good day! I hope this post finds all of you staying healthy. If you are stuck at home, remember all those projects you wished you had time for? Well, get them out and spend the time working on them. That will help you feel more positive and productive!

Today’s card is a little silly and very cute. It is a great Birthday greeting for just about anyone except perhaps the most serious among us.

These little Meerkats are just too cute!

And there is a little surprise inside! A cute lizard with a birthday hat next to a cactus.

The Gang’s All Meer cannot be bought. You can get it free with a $50 purchase from my Stampin’ Up! Online store. Click here for the store. Do not delay because this offer is only good until March 31, 2020.

Well, let’s get started and make this card!

Measurements: Very Vanilla Card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches, 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches, 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches, 3 x 1 inches, and (not pictured) 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Pool Party CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 3 x 2 1/4 inches.

Use Memento ink to stamp the group of Meerkats onto the 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Very Vanilla CS, and the sentiment “Happy Birthday to a Stand Up Friend” onto the 3 x 1 inch piece of Very Vanilla CS.

I used the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers in: Ivory, Light and Dark Crumb Cake and Light Old Olive to color the Meerkats. Check out all the Stampin’ Blends here.

There are many ways to color with the alcohol markers. I will just share what I did. I first did a Goggle search of Meerkat images to get the coloring close to natural. I started with the Ivory to color the bellies and a little on the head. I added the Light Crumb Cake for the rest of the body and head.

I used the Dark Crumb Cake for the outline of the eyes and the Light Old Olive to add some color.

Measure a length of the 5/8 inch Burlap Ribbon that is about 8 inches long. Use the Glue Dots to adhere the ribbon to the card. Tip: I put the ribbon over the the Glue Dot while it is still on the roll to adhere the dot to the ribbon. See the Burlap Ribbon here.

Adhere the ribbon to the card. Use the Take Your Pick Tool to transfer a Glue Dot under the ribbon to hold it in place. Click here to see the Take Your Pick Tool.

Tie a knot to use on the front of the card. First overlap the ribbon, then push the end through the hole.

It should turn out like this. It is a little flattened so it will lay on the card properly. Set aside.

Trim the piece with the Meerkats on it to 2 3/4 x 2 inches. Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back and set aside.

Adhere the 3 x 2 1/4 inch Pool Party CS to the 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch Very Vanilla CS.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Very Vanilla /Pool Party piece and set aside.

Trim the sentiment to 1 3/8 inches and apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back. Set aside.

Now to put it all together! Adhere the Pool Party with Burlap Ribbon piece to the card front. Adhere the Meerkats to the Very Vanilla/Pool Party piece.

Adhere the Meerkat piece to the left of the card front. Now add the sentiment to the right lower corner.

Place the knotted Burlap Ribbon on the card and trim to size.

Use a Stampin’ Dimensional to adhere the knotted Burlap Ribbon to the card front.

Now to make the surprise inside the card! Stamp the little cactus in Memento ink onto the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Very Vanilla CS. Now stamp the little lizard next to the cactus.

Use Call Me Clover ink (or your favorite color of ink) to stamp the mini birthday hat onto the head of the lizard. So Cute!!

To color the cactus and lizard I used the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers in: light and dark Lovely Lipstick, light and dark Old Olive and light Crumb Cake. Check out all the Stampin’ Blends here.

I first used the light Old Olive Stampin’ Blend, then used the dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blend to try to create some shadow.

I used the light Old Olive Stampin’ Blend to color the little lizard. I then colored the inside of the cactus flower with light Lovely Lipstick.

Add the dark Lovely Lipstick for the outer part of the cactus flower. I used the light Crumb Cake to color the sand and make a little shadow for the lizard.

Adhere this piece to the inside of the card.

And Viola! You have a really cute and silly Birthday card! I hope you get a chance to try this card. Thank you for joining me today! Have a great day and stay safe and healthy! Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the cards I demonstrate. Any suggestions are welcome!

Stampin’ Up! Products used include: Stamp Set: The Gang’s All Meer #152294 (free with a $50 purchase); Paper: Very Vanilla CS #101650 and Pool Party CS #122924; Ink: Memento #132708 and Call Me Clover #147139; Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers: Ivory #144606, Light and Dark Crumb Cake Combo #144601, Light and Dark Old Olive Combo #144597, and Light and Dark Lovely Lipstick Combo #147281; Clear Blocks: A #118487, B #117147, C #118486 and D #118485; Take Your Pick #144107; Adhesives: TomBow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Glue Dots #103683 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; and 5/8 inch Burlap Ribbon #141487.

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, 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 Animals, Birthday, Masking Technique, Mini Catalog 2020

More Fun with Bonanza Buddies

The Birthday Bonanza Suite is just so much fun! I made another card I think you will enjoy. You will see how doable this is if you go step by step.

Sale-a-bration is going on until the end of March. If you purchase the Birthday Bonanza Suite, you can choose a free Sale-a-bration item! If you add on a package of Whisper White Card stock, 2 ink pads and a bottle of Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, you can choose 2 free items!

Now to start to make this card!

Measurements: Whisper White card stock (CS): 11 x 4 1/4 inches scored at 5 1/2 inches, 5 x 3 3/4 inches and 4 x 2 inches; Birthday Bonanza Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and a 3 3/4 x 1 1/4 inch strip of the birthday candle design; and Bermuda Bay CS: 5 x 2 1/2 inches.

Stamp the koala bear in Smoky Slate ink onto the 4 x 2 inch Whisper White CS to the right. You will need your Stampin’ Pierce mat or a catalog to stamp on since this is a Photopolymer stamp.

Use the Memento ink to stamp the toucan and the eyes and nose for the koala.

Finish the toucan by stamping the beak in Mango Melody ink.

Fussy cut the koala and toucan with your paper snips. If you do have a Big Shot or other die cutting machine, use the Bonanza Dies.

Adhere the strip of birthday candles to the bottom of the 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White CS. Position the 1 1/2 inch circle punch as shown to make the bottom port hole.

Position the same punch as shown to make the top port hole.

Continuing with the 1 1/2 inch circle punch, punch 2 circles from the Bermuda Bay CS leaving space around the circle.

Use the 1 3/4 inch circle punch to cut a rim around the smaller circle. This will create a piece to accent the “port holes”.

Tip: To apply the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue to small pieces I use a set of tweezers. That way I do not get (too much) glue on my fingers. It is very easy to position the piece and lay it down without getting glue everywhere.

Now use the Coastal Cabana ink to stamp the sentiment “Happy Birthday” in the upper right corner. Also stamp the square present as shown leaving room to stamp other presents around it. Stamp a square present on a piece of sticky note. Tip: It is easiest to use a full sticky note. Stamp the bow for the square present in Bermuda Bay ink.

Fussy cut the present on the sticky note with your paper snips and use it to cover the present that is stamped on the card front. This is a mask for the Masking Technique.

Stamp the rectangular present in Calypso Coral partially over the masked present. Stamp another onto the sticky note paper. You will use this as a mask too. Stamp the bow for the rectangular present in Cajun Craze ink.

Fussy cut the rectangular present and apply it over the rectangular present on the card front.

Stamp the rectangular present again but turn it vertically. Use Mango Melody ink for the present and Coastal Cabana for the bow.

Remove all the masks. Now you have a pile of presents!

Fold the 8 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch Whisper White CS at the 5 1/2 inch score line and use the Bone Folder to make the fold crisp. Adhere the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch piece of the Birthday Bonanza DSP to the card front.

Prepare to adhere the stamped port hole piece by applying Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back.

Adhere the stamped port hole piece to the card front.

Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the back of the head of the koala and toucan.

Apply adhesive to the feet of the koala and toucan and place them so they are peeking out of the port holes.

And Viola! You have an adorable birthday card with these cute animals again! See the post before the previous post for another card with the Bonanza Buddies Stamp set.

Thanks for visiting my blog. This blog is geared toward the beginner with an occasional more difficult card. This card would be a more difficult card since it requires more ink colors and uses the Masking Technique.

I hope you enjoyed this card. I had a fun time making it. 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. Today there are new products 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: Bonanza Buddies #151567; Punch: 1 1/2 inch Circle #138299 and 1 3/4 inch Circle (I didn’t realize this one was retired, use the 2 inch Circle #133782 instead) Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Bermuda Bay CS #131197, and the Birthday Bonanza DSP #151313; Ink: Smoky Slate #131202, Memento #132708, Mango Melody #146989, Bermuda Bay #131197, Coastal Cabana #131297, Calypso Coral #122925 and Cajun Craze #119684; Clear Blocks: A #118487, B #117147 and C #118486; Bone Folder #102300; Paper Snips #103579; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199.

Posted in Animals, Birthday, Child's Birthday, Mini Catalog 2020, Photopolymer, Two-step stamping

Bonanza Buddies Birthday

My kids are all grown and I can remember each birthday. One theme was mermaids. Another was NASCAR. Each child sure had their own idea for the birthday party. It was loads of fun! The Birthday Bonanza Suite brings back memories of a circus birthday theme one of my kids had.

This is a lighthearted card made with the Bonanza Buddies Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!. And making this card is really very simple.

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock (CS) 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches, 3 x 2 1/2 inches and 2 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches; Bermuda Bay CS 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and 5 3/8 x 1 1/2 inches; Birthday Bonanza Designer Series Paper (DSP) 5 1/4 x 4 inches and
5 3/8 x 1 1/4 inches.

You will also need a piece of the Birthday Bonanza DSP with a toucan and balloons. Let’s get started!

Tip: The Bonanza Buddies is a Photopolymer stamp set so you will need the Stampin’ Pierce Mat to get the best image. Use Bermuda Bay ink to stamp the sentiment “Happy Birthday” onto the 2 1/4 x 1 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White CS.

The lion is a Two-Step Stamp. I tried stamping the mane first, then the lion’s body first and felt that it was easier to stamp the mane first. Use Mango Melody ink to stamp the lions mane and tail. Next use the Daffodil Delight ink to stamp the lion’s body by lining up the lions face with the mane and the tail with the tail tuft.

Use the Smoky Slate ink to stamp the koala bear. Next use the Memento ink to stamp the two different faces on to the respective animals.

Fussy cut the lion and koala bear. If you do have a Big Shot you can use the Bonanza Dies to cut the animals out.

Fussy cut the toucan and balloons from the Bonanza Birthday DSP.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS on the 4 1/4 inch score line and use the Bone Folder to get a nice crisp fold. This is your card base.

Adhere the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch Bermuda Bay CS to the front of the Whisper White card base.

Adhere the 5 3/8 x 1 1/4 inch Birthday Bonanza DSP to the 5 3/8 x 1 1/2 inch Bermuda Bay CS. Now adhere the strip to the card front as shown.

Trim the sentiment banner about 1/4 inch. Make a small cut in the center of the right side in preparation of cutting a banner edge.

Make a cut from the top corner to the end of the center cut. Do the same for the bottom corner. Viola! This is the easy way to make a centered banner end.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the animals and the sentiment banner. Tip: To make the Dimensionals last longer, cut them in half.

Adhere the animals and the sentiment banner to the card front.

Viola! You are now ready to send off a cheery circus themed card to a special young one!

Thanks for joining me today for this wonderful birthday card. This set is so much fun! I will show another card I made with this stamp set at the end of the week. Please join me then.

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. Both the Metallic Twine and Sequins and the Kerchief Card Kit are already gone! There is a second release which starts on March 4th so stay tuned. 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: Bonanza Buddies #151567; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Bermuda Bay CS #131197 and Birthday Bonanza DSP #151313; Ink: Bermuda Bay #147096, Mango Melody #147093, Daffodil Delight #147094, Smoky Slate #147113 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: A #118487 and C #118486; Bone Folder #102300; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199 and Paper Snips #103579.

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, 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 Designer Series Paper, Love/Affection, Mini Catalog 2020, Photopolymer, Punch, Sale-A-Bration 2020, Valentine

Two Heartfelt Hearts

It’s Valentine’s week and it is not just for couples. This is a great time to let someone know just how much you love them.

These two Valentine’s Day cards are just wonderful for sharing your love. Today I will show you how to make the Two Hearts card.

This card is made with the Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt stamp set available in the 2020 Mini Catalog which you can view at my store.

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock (CS) 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches and 5 x 3 3/4 inches, Real Red CS 5 1/4 x 4 inches, From My Heart Designer Series Paper (DSP) 5 x 2 1/4 inches and a strip of the foil hearts from the From My Heart DSP.

Adhere the 5 x 2 1/4 inch From My Heart DSP to the bottom of the 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White CS.

Tip: Since this stamp set is Photopolymer, use the Stampin’ Pierce mat to get the best image. Stamp the sentiment “Roses are red, Violets are blue” in Real Red ink onto the right side of the Whisper White CS portion, just above the border of the From My Heart DSP.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS at the 4 1/4 inch score line. This is your card base.

Stamp the sentiment “Being friends is better than eating candy (but let’s do that too)” on the inside of the Whisper White CS card base in Real Red ink.

Stamp a few heart doilies on the inside with Flirty Flamingo ink.

You can clean the extra ink off of the Stampin’ Pierce mat with a baby wipe or wet rag.

Punch out the foil hearts from the From My Heart DSP using the scalloped-edged heart punch from the Heart Punch Pack.

Adhere the stamped Whisper White card piece to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Real Red CS.

Measure the Red Double-Stitched Satin Ribbon to be about 1 inch longer on each side of the card piece.

Use a Mini Glue Dot to adhere the ribbon to the card piece. Tip: The easiest way to get the glue dot onto the ribbon is to press the ribbon on top of the glue dot while it is on the roll.

I also put a glue dot in the center of the ribbon to hold it in place, then flip the card piece over and adhere the ribbon to the back side.

Adhere the card piece to the front of the Whisper White card base, making sure the inside sentiment is in the proper orientation.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Flirty Flamingo foil heart.

Tip: When you have used all the Dimensionals there is a border left behind. Cut into smaller pieces and use these as well.

Position the two foil hearts, then adhere the Real Red foil heart with Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Snail Adhesive.

Peel off the protective cover on the Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhere the Flirty Flamingo foil heart over the top of the Real Red foil heart.

Next you will need some Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels and the Take Your Pick tool to add some bling. (Sorry about the blurry photo of the rhinestones).

Use the pick end of the Take Your Pick tool to get under the adhesive of the rhinestone and move it into position on your card. Gently press on the rhinestone with your finger to secure it to the card and remove the pick.

I used three rhinestones.

And Viola! my fellow stampers! You have a wonderful card to send to share your love with someone special!

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. 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: Heartfelt #151417; Punch: Heart Punch Pack #151292; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Real Red CS #102482 and the From My Heart DSP #151189; Ink: Real Red #147084 and Flirty Flamingo #147052; Clear Blocks C #118486 and H #118490; Bone Folder #102300; Take Your Pick tool #144107; Paper Snips #103579; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Mini Glue Dots #103683 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: Real Red 3/8 inch Double-stitched satin ribbon #151115 and Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels #146924; and the Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199.