Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Avid Stamper, Nature, Positive Thoughts, Snow, Winter Holiday

Cardz4guyz Challenge # 262- Let It Snow

I really love the snow. Mostly because I live in Arizona and don’t have to deal with it unless I choose to go up to the mountain to go skiing. Most years our family will venture up into the White Mountains for a weekend of skiing. This year we will not be going due to the Pandemic and the fact that there is very little snow. Arizona is currently in a drought. However, I decided to create a nice snowy forest scene for the Let It Snow Challenge. For this card I used stamps from Stampin’ Up! Winter Woods, Very Versailles and Snowflake Wishes stamp sets.

The snowy scene I created uses 3 layers on a base of Shaded Spruce Card Stock (CS). The first layer is a Basic White CS stamped in Shaded Spruce ink with the large tree in the Winter Woods stamp set. The center tree is stamped at full strength and the two trees in the back are Stamped Off. The little snowflakes on this first layer are from Snowflake Wishes and are stamped in Balmy Blue ink. The inside of the card is also stamped in the large tree and small snowflakes along the right-hand edge.

The second layer is the retired Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper cut out with one of the Stitched Nested Labels Dies. This is adhered to the back of a Basic White CS cut with a larger Stitched Nested Labels Die.

The top layer is also Basic White CS, cut from the Stitched Nested Labels Dies and is stamped with several different stamps from the Snowflake Wishes stamp set. The Stampin’ Up! ink colors are: Balmy Blue, Misty Moonlight and Highland Heather. The sentiment is from the Very Versailles stamp set and is stamped in Shaded Spruce ink. The final touch is the 3 die-cut snowflakes in the Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper.

Thank you for visiting my Cardz4Guyz Challenge # 262- Let It Snow. Check out other snow-themed projects HERE.

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Posted in #simplestamping, 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, Animals, beginner stamper, Christmas, Guys cards, Masculine, Masking Technique, Nature, Outdoors, Simple stamping, Sponging technique, Winter Holiday

Stampin’ Up!® Merry Moose Christmas #simplestamping card

Today I am returning to some simple stamping for my beginner stampers. The Merry Moose stamp set by Stampin’ Up! will not be available for much longer. It retires at the end of December. So if you would like this beauty, order early. Today is the start of the Giant Year End Close Out Sale. Check out all the sales and discounts at the end of my blog.

The Merry Moose stamp set is really fun and perfect for the outdoors person. I will show you a little technique with sponging & masking today to get the snowdrift.

Measurements: Shaded Spruce Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: two at 4 x 5 1/4 inches; white copy paper: 4 x 6 inches.

Cut the 4 x 6 inch piece of copy paper as shown. This will be the mask to make the snowdrift.

Place the copy paper over one of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS card pieces. Use a removable tape runner if needed to hold it in place. Using a sponge and the Balmy Blue ink dab the sponge on the ink. Sponge the ink onto the Whisper White CS in a gentle circular motion along the edge of the mask. Then sponge lightly above that to color the “sky”.

Leaving the mask in place, use the Shaded Spruce ink and the pine tree stamp to stamp two trees. Leave a space between the trees to stamp a third tree. Note: These are Photopolymer stamps and need a little padding from a Stampin’ Pierce Mat or catalog to look best.

Remove the copy paper mask. Stamp the third tree between the other two trees. Leave space under the third tree to put your sentiment.

Stamp the moose in Soft Suede ink. The moose is a Two Step Stamp. Here I stamped the detailed stamp after the plain stamp. However, I stamped the detailed stamp first followed by the plain stamp and felt it was easier for me to see to line everything up. Try it both ways to determine which works well for you. I did Stamp Off the plain moose stamp so that I could see the details on the moose more easily.

Stamp the sentiment “Merry Christmoose” in the Shaded Spruce ink.

Use the Shaded Spruce ink and stamp some pine trees on the other 4 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. I stamped once at full strength. The other two trees are Stamped Off first. Add the sentiment “enjoy the stillness of the season” over the trees. Adhere the panel to the inside of the Shaded Spruce CS card base.

Use your Bone Folder to fold the card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Adhere the front panel to the front of the card base.

Viola! That is all there is to it! This is a great card for the outdoors person and is so fun to make! Plus a little humor is good for the soul!

For those of you who love Bling! as much as I do, here is another version of the Merry Moose card with Rhinestone Basic Jewels added like stars in the sky.

Thanks for visiting today! Please leave me a comment and let me know which card has been your favorite during the first 7 days of my 15-Day Christmas Card Making Challenge.

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Have a wonderful Holiday Season and keep crafting!

Theresa

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Stampin’ Up!® Winter Woods Simple Stamping Seasons Greetings

Welcome to December! It finally got below freezing here in Arizona. It is still very sunny during the day, but Brrrr! Today I am showing a card made only with stamps, ink and paper- aka-#simplestamping.

The Winter Woods Stampin’ Up!® stamp set is in the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog on page 61. I love this set because I can create a serene scene with the magnificent trees in this awesome stamp set. And I love the sentiment!

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: 1 5/8 x 2 1/8 inches; Shaded Spruce CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 1 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches; Soft Seafoam CS: 3 3/4 x 5 inches.

Start by stamping the group of trees in Shaded Spruce ink onto the 3 3/4 x 5 inch Soft Seafoam CS. Next stamp the large evergreen tree on the left side slightly covering the first group of trees. Tip: This is a red rubber stamp. You will get the best image by stamping on a smooth hard surface, like the top of a table.

Stamp another evergreen tree on the right-hand side, then without adding more ink, stamp under the bare trees on the left-hand side. Add some ink, stamp onto the scrap paper and then stamp onto the left-hand side slightly above the first evergreen tree. This technique is called Stamping Off and helps to give the tree line a 3D look. Stamp off a few more times to add more fullness under the bare trees on the right.

Stamp some of the smaller evergreen trees on the inside of the Whisper White CS card base in the bottom right-hand corner. Stamp off for one of the trees. Now stamp the sentiment “Thinking Of You This Season” onto the 1 5/8 x 2 1/8 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp two of the pine branches under the sentiment.

Adhere the sentiment to the 1 3/4 x 2 1/4 inch Shaded Spruce CS. Adhere the Soft Seafoam CS with the trees stamped on it to the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Shaded Spruce CS, then adhere it to the front of the Whisper White CS card base.

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment card piece to the card front.

Viola! You have a fabulous seasonal card to let someone know you are thinking of them! And all you needed was stamps, ink and paper!

However, I will show you a few other options for this card if you feel it needs a little Bling! Bling! is my thing!

You could add a few of the Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the branches.

You could also use the Rhinestone Basic Jewels to add some stars in the sky. No matter which version you send, you will be spreading some Holiday Cheer!

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Have a most wonderful and craft-filled Holiday Season!

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Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, Animals, beginner stamper, Bunny, Christmas, Fun/Fancy fold card, Nature, Outdoors, Rabbit, Winter Holiday

Stampin’ Up!® Easy Winter Fun Fold with Warm and Toasty

Hello and welcome to my Fun Fold Friday! Today I created a wintery scene with the Warm and Toasty stamp set and Feels Like Frost Designer Series Paper (DSP). This is an easy Fun Fold to do.

These little critters are having a grand time! Perfect for spreading some cheer this winter!

Measurements: Pacific Point Card Stock (CS): 4 1/4 x 11 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches, 4 x 10 1/4 inches with a score line at 2 1/2 and 5 inches, and 1 x 3 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: 3 3/4 x 5 inches, 4 x
5 1/4 inches and 3/4 x 3 inches; Feels Like Frost DSP: 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches and two 2 3/8 x 3 5/8 inches.

Using Memento Black ink, stamp the Polar Bear, Bunnies and Reindeer onto the 3 3/4 x 5 inch Whisper White CS.

Use the Memento Black ink to stamp the Baby Polar Bear onto the bottom right corner of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Using the Pacific Point ink stamp the sentiment “Here’s to a cool yule” next to the Baby Polar Bear.

Finish with the snowflakes stamped in Pacific Point ink. This is the inside of the card. Set aside.

Use the Stampin’ Write Markers in Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Petal Pink, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue and Pacific Point to color the images. Don’t forget to add a little Petal Pink marker to the Baby Polar Bear’s ears and feet!

Adhere the Feels Like Frost DSP to the corresponding places on the 4 x 10 1/4 inch Pacific Point CS piece that has the score lines at 2 1/2 and 5 inches.

Adhere the Baby Polar Bear card piece to the inside of the 4 1/4 x 11 inch Pacific Point cards base after you have used the Bone Folder on the 5 1/2 inch score line to make a crisp fold.

Adhere the Feels Like Frost DSP/Pacific Point CS piece to the front of the card base.

Fussy cut all of the images.

Adhere the sentiment “Warm & toasty wishes to you” to the 1 x 3 1/4 inch Pacific Point CS. Lay all of the pieces on the card front to see where you would like everything to be.

Adhere all of the images to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Now for some Bling! The Rhinestone Basic Jewels are perfect for adding a little more sparkle!

Viola! This easy fun fold is ready to be sent off to wish someone some winter cheer!

Thanks so much for visiting today. I am excited to get into the Holiday Spirit and make some fun festive cards! Please leave a comment and like my blog. I love hearing from you!

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Theresa

Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, Autumn, Nature, Thanksgiving

Cardz4Guyz Challenge #256 Colors of Autumn/Fall

Welcome Autumn! It is still hot here in Bisbee Arizona, USA but the evenings and early mornings are cooling down a bit. Today is windy and cool. I love the changing leaves. We don’t see too much of that here, but I recently visited Kentucky and Tennessee so I saw a lot of color. So for the Cardz4Guyz challenge #256- color of Autumn/Fall, I wanted to make some falling leaves with different fall colors for my card today.

The Stampin’ Up! colors I used are: Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, Mango Melody, and Merry Merlot. I used the Gather Together stamp set (in the 2020 Stampin’ Up! August-December Mini Catalog) to make this colorful Fall card.

For the sentiment, I cut a maple leaf with the Gathered Leaves Dies. I sponged some Cajun Craze ink around the edges of the Very Vanilla card stock leaf and stamped the sentiment “Gather Together” in Cajun Craze ink.

The trick with the leaves is that I applied ink to the die, put it on the cardstock and ran it through the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine. The photo on the right shows the leaf with and without using the ink with the die.

Viola! You have a very colorful Autumn card to send to your special guy!

RamZ here loves the leaves too. He appears very happy to be in the leaf pile at my sister’s home. Beautiful golden yellow!

Thanks for stopping by for the Cardz4Guyz Challenge #256- Colors of Autumn/Fall. See more cards with this theme at the Cardz4GuyZ blog by clicking HERE.

Have a wonderful Fall day!

Theresa

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Sending Sunshine Stampin’ Up!®

The card for today will be a #simplestamping card because I will use only stamps, ink and paper (and a punch). There is a set of stamps made by Stampin’ Up! to help you easily create your own scenes. Sending Sunshine is the one I will use today. The other similar stamp sets are My Meadow and Snow Front. All of these sets are in the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

This really is a very simple card to create. You will be surprised.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches (card base), 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches and 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches; Balmy Blue CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches.

Use the Memento Black Ink to stamp the sentiment “Hoping Your Day is Perfect” onto the 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Take care to position the stamped sentiment so that you can punch it out with the 2 inch Circle Punch.

Lay the layers of the card on the card front and position the sentiment. Move it slightly downward and trace the edge. This will help make sure that the scene is positioned properly.

Place the 2 3/4 x 3 2/4 inch Whisper White CS on the Stampin’ Pierce Mat. When using the Photopolymer stamps (the see-through ones) you need a slight cushion. You could also use your catalog. I cover my Pierce Mat with white scrap paper to avoid getting ink on it. I put the black paper down so you could see the card piece better. Stamp the smaller water onto the Whisper White CS. I placed mine slightly to the right so that it would not be covered by the sentiment later.

Apply the Daffodil Delight ink to the bottom portion of the setting sun stamp. Apply the Calypso Coral ink only to the upper portion by placing the stamp on the edge of the ink pad.

Carefully line up the setting sun and the horizon of the water. Mine is a little too high, but I opted to just let it be. (It’s the little imperfections that make a handmade card special!)

Use the Granny Apple Green ink to stamp the larger branch of leaves. Add some of the smaller branches to make the trees more full.

I added some faint clouds with the Balmy Blue ink by first stamping onto my scrap paper, then stamping onto the card piece. This is called Stamping Off.

To help the sentiment stand out a little, I used a Sponge Dauber with Balmy Blue ink to sponge the edge.

Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Balmy Blue CS to the Whisper White CS card base, then adhere your stamped card piece. I prefer to use the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue because when I first put the card piece down, I can wiggle it a little to make sure it is straight.

Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and put it in place on the card front being sure to cover the pencil marks.

The card is finished. However, if you would like to add a little Bling! you could use the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush on the water to make it sparkle.

Viola! See how quick and simple that was! Experiment with different colors and combinations of the stamps from the Sending Sunshine stamp set, or combine it with the My Meadow or Snow Front. There are endless possibilities to the scenes you can create!

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Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Designer Series Paper, encouragement, Friendship, Love/Affection, Nature, Simple stamping

Stamping on Designer Series Paper with Forever Fern Wishing You Happiness

These beautiful colorful cards are so easy to make! The leaves come from the Forever Fern stamp set and the sentiments are from So Sentimental. Both of these sets are so versatile. The So Sentimental has several great sentiments in addition to those in the photo, including “hello baby”, “healing hugs”, “for you”, and “this calls for confetti”.

Here is the card I will demonstrate today. The colors are Magenta Madness, Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss and Balmy Blue.

Measurements: Rich Razzleberry Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches: Whisper White CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 2 1/2 x 3 inches; Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP): 4 x 5 1/4 inches; and Balmy Blue CS: 2 5/8 x 3 1/8 inches.

Stamp the sentiment “Wishing you much happiness today and always” from the So Sentimental stamp set in Blackberry Bliss ink onto the 2 1/2 x 3 inch Whisper White CS. Then use the Blackberry Bliss ink and the largest bunch of leaves from the Forever Fern stamp set and stamp the leaves to frame the sentiment. Be sure to use a scrap paper underneath so you don’t stamp on your table! Our nickname for Blackberry Bliss is Blackberry Mess!

Next use the Balmy Blue ink to stamp a smaller bunch of flowers on the upper left corner, and the Magenta Madness ink to stamp the berry design on the lower right corner of the sentiment. This creates a little frame around the sentiment.

Use the Blackberry Bliss ink and the larger bunch of leaves to stamp onto the Artistry Blooms DSP. I tried to visualize where the sentiment will be and use that as a focal point for the end of the stems.

Next use the Magenta Madness ink to stamp the berry design, and the Balmy Blue ink to stamp the smaller bunch of leaves. I continued to use the focal point for the ends of the stems. On some I turned the stamp around and stamped with the stem off the edge of the paper to fill in the blank spots.

I wanted to make the inside a little more fancy. I started on the top of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS with the Blackberry Bliss ink and the large bunch of leaves, and worked down the right side. I used the Balmy Blue ink with the small bunch of leaves and then the Magenta Madness with the berry design on the bottom.

Adhere the stamped Whisper White CS panel to the inside of the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch Rich Razzleberry CS card base. Use you Bone Folder to fold the card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line so you get a nice crisp fold.

Adhere the stamped sentiment card piece to the 2 5/8 x 3 1/8 inch Balmy Blue CS. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals or the new Foam Adhesive Sheets on the back. Tip: If you have arthritis in you fingers, I have found that cutting the Adhesive Sheets into 1/4 inch strips is much easier to use than the little hexagonal Stampin’ Dimensionals. I just have a hard time peeling of the backs of those hexagons!

Adhere the stamped DSP to the front of the Rich Razzleberry card base, then add the sentiment card piece to the middle of the front.

And now for some Bling! I am so in love with the Artistry Blooms Self Adhesive Sequins Pack because there are 4 colors with 2 different sizes! They go with just about everything! To easily transfer the sequin I use the Take Your Pick tool. I slide the pointed end under the adhesive on the back of the sequin and than just set it down where I want it, apply a little pressure, and it sticks in place.

Viola! You have stamped on Designer Series Paper to make a wonderful, colorful card to wish some happiness to someone!

I really appreciate that you stopped by today. I hope you enjoyed the card and will give it a try. Experiment with different papers and stamps to see what you like. There are so many possiblities!

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Here’s wishing you happiness today and everyday!

Theresa

Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Guys cards, Masculine, Nature, Outdoors

Cardz4Guyz Challenge #252 Explore Outdoors

When I was growing up in New Mexico, my parents would take us camping frequently- all 8 us. We had a huge canvas tent that was blue and yellow- not very inconspicuous. We went all over New Mexico and I have many fond memories. This card reminds me of those campouts, minus the blue and yellow tent, and is perfect for the Cardz4Guyz challenge to Explore Outdoors.

The stamp set I used is the Stampin’ Up! Campology which is in the Stampin’ Up! 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. I stamped the images in Memento ink and colored with the Stampin’
Blends Alcohol Markers. The colors I used are: Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, Gray Granite, Smokey Slate, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, So Saffron and Poppy Parade.

Inside the card I stamped a coffee pot and mug. I just love the smell of the campfire and the feeling I get when drinking a hot cup of coffee early in the morning while camping.

I hope you enjoyed my card. Go by the Cardz4Guyz blog and see other cards from this Challenge #252 Explore Outdoors.

Thanks for stopping by. I really enjoy participating in these challenges. I have often struggled with making a nice masculine card. The Cardz4Guyz Challenges help give me new ideas and inspiration!

Happy crafting!

Theresa

Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Birthday, flowers, Fun/Fancy fold card, Nature

Fun Fold Friday with Timeless Tropical

I love fun fold cards because they are a little bit of a challenge to figure out. Once I have them figured out, I make a lot of cards with that fold. I learned this fun fold from my stamping friend Karen.

The Timeless Tropical stamp set is great for this card with the big bright hibiscus and the smaller flower as a compliment. The Timeless Tropical stamp set is versatile because it has sentiments for birthday, thank you and hello. I have just celebrated a birthday, so I chose to make a birthday card.

Measurements: Mango Melody Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, 3 1/2 x 4 inches, 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches; Rainbow Glimmer Paper: 2 x 2 3/8 inches; Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP): two at 1 1/4 x 4 inches.

The first thing to do is to make the fun fold. Here is what it will look like when complete.

With the 5 1/2 inch side of the Mango Melody card base along the top, make a cut at 1 1/2 inches down to the 4 1/4 inch scoreline.

Just a little side note. This is the new Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer. I could not for the life of me remember which was the cutting blade and switch was the scoring blade. I used my label maker to make labels.

Slide the Mango Melody card base down to 4 inches and make another cut down to the 4 1/4 inch scoreline.

Turn the Mango Melody card base so that the 8 1/2 inch side is on top and the side with the cuts is on your left. Slide the card base down to 2 1/8 inches and make a score line on the middle section only, down to the next cut.

When complete, the score line will look like this.

Here is a birds eye view of the Mango Melody card base with the two cut lines and the score line.

Use your Bone Folder to make crisp folds at the score lines.

Here is what the card base will look like now. Let’s get stamping!

On the 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS, stamp the hibiscus in Magenta Madness ink, the small flower in Mango Melody and the leaf in Granny Apple Green.

You may fussy cut the stamped images, or if you have a cutting machine the Timeless Tropical stamps coordinates with the Tropic Dies.