Posted in beginner stamper, Cake, Occasions Catalog 2019, Photopolymer

Take Time to Eat Cake

I had meant to have a nice blog out for you today, but every time I turned around there was an obstacle. Ever have a day like that? The sentiment on today’s card, “Life is too short to say no to cake,” really strikes home. Life is too short, so we all have to take time to savor the sweet things, even if it means the blog doesn’t get done until late at night.

This card again uses the Stampin’ Up! stamp set Amazing Life. The colors are Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches, Lemon Lime Twist 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Berry Burst 5 x 3 3/4 inches and Whisper White 4 x 3 inches.

You will also need Memento ink (not pictured), Berry Burst ink and the Mini Ruffled Ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist.

The first step is to use the Berry Burst ink and the little flower stamp to create a background. You don’t really need to stamp the center because it will be covered by the next layer.

Lay the next layer over the top of the stamped background to ensure you have everything stamped.

Tip: The best way to get a Photopolymer strip on straight is to lay it on the paper and pick it up with the block.

Use the Berry Burst ink and position the stamp right on the edge of the Whisper White 4 x 3 inch piece. Take care to go straight down and straight up without rocking so you do not get ink where you do not want it.

Stamp around all of the edges.

Now use the Memento ink to stamp the sentiment on the bottom half of the framed card piece.

Use the Berry Burst ink to stamp the cake on the top half.

Adhere the stamped flower piece to the Lemon Lime Twist. Measure out the ribbon to be about 1 inch longer on either side so it will wrap around the card piece.

Use the Glue Dots by putting the ribbon right on the dot. Put a Glue Dot on each end, then wrap the ribbon around just a little lower than the middle of the card piece. Push firmly on the back of the card piece.

Now adhere this piece to the card base.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the stamped cake piece.

Adhere the cake piece to the stamped flower piece.

Tip: To easily adhere the clear rhinestones, use the Paper Piercing Tool. Lift up the rhinestone with the tool and position on your card, then use your finger to press the rhinestone down onto the cardstock.

And there you have it! Better late than never!

Stampin’ Up products used include: Stamp Set: Amazing Life #148750; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Berry Burst #146944 and Lemon Lime Twist #146947; Ink: Memento #132708 and Berry Burst #147143; 3/8 Inch Mini Ruffled Ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist # 146947; Clear Rhinestones #144220; Clear Blocks: C 118486, E #118484 and I #118488; Paper Snips #103579; Paper Piercing Tool #126189; Mini Glue Dots #103683; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Designer Series Paper, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Occasions Catalog 2019, Photopolymer, Sale-A-Bration 2019

So Grateful, So Happy

In today’s world, there are many negative experiences we have to deal with on a daily basis. Shifting your brain to a more positive experience, like making a card to show gratitude to someone else, is a powerful way to increase your own happiness. I have definitely felt more happiness in my life since I started stamping.

Today’s card will use 3 new elements- Designer Series Paper (DSP), ribbon and rhinestones. Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half at 4 1/4 inches, Call Me Clover 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Botanical Butterfly DSP 5 x 3 3/4 inches and Whisper White 3 1/4 x 3 inches.

You will also need the Call Me Clover ink and the Lemon Lime Twist Mini Ruffled Ribbon.

Start by adhering the Botanical Butterfly DSP to the Call Me Clover piece. Isn’t this DSP beautiful!

Lay the ribbon over the card piece and cut with about 3/4 inches on either side to wrap around. Tip: When using a glue dot, attach it to the ribbon by putting the ribbon over the glue as opposed to removing the glue dot and trying to stick it to the ribbon.

Position the ribbon where you want it, then flip the card piece over and apply pressure to adhere the ribbon to the cardstock.

For the bow, cut a 4 1/2 inch piece of ribbon and slide it under the ribbon already adhered to the card piece. I like to cut the edges at a slight angle.

Now cross the ribbon. Next pull the top piece under the bottom piece and through the tunnel to make the bow. Trim the edges if needed.

Ink the sentiment “So Happy To Have You In My Life” with the Call Me Clover ink. Stamp onto the 3 1/4 x 3 inch piece of Whisper White.

Oops! The paper stuck to the stamp. Don’t panic. Just take one corner and gently peel the paper off of the stamp.

Using the Call Me Clover ink, stamp a little flower in the upper and the lower corners.

I used the Berry Burst Stampin’ Write Marker to color the flowers, and the Lemon Lime Twist to color the leaves.

Adhere several of the Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and apply to the card front. Adhere the whole piece to the Whisper White card base.

Add 3 rhinestones. One to the center of each flower, and one on the dot over the “i” in “Life”.

So, try to increase the positive experiences in your life by being creative and expressing gratitude to someone you care for. You never know, you may feel more happiness in your own life!

Stampin’ Up products used include: Stamp Set: Amazing Life #148750; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Call Me Clover #146969; Ink: Call Me Clover 147139; Botanical Butterfly DSP (free during Sale-a-bration) #149622; Stampin’ Write Markers: In Color 2017-19 (set of 5 colors) #144033; 3/8 Inch Mini Ruffled Ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist # 146947; Clear Rhinestones #144220; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and E #118484; Paper Snips #103579; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

In order to be able to get the free Botanical Butterfly DSP, you need to place an order for $50. This offer is only until March 31, 2019! Select the shop button above and you can get to my store to see all the wonderful product in the catalog!

Posted in beginner stamper, dog, encouragement, Occasions Catalog 2019, Photopolymer, Punch, Sponging technique

Sage Advice from a Dog

We all get overwhelmed with stress at times. What to do for relief? Well, Spot here says to “Keep Calm and Wag On”! Not bad advice, eh? What I really do is keep calm and make cards!

For this card I will again be using Stampin’ Up! Happy Tails stamp set and the Dog Builder punch, as well as the Everyday Label punch, Real Red ink and Memento ink.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half at 4 1/4 inches and burnished with the Bone Folder. Real Red 5 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches, Blueberry Bushel 5 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches, and Whisper White 4 1/2 x 3 inches.

Using the Stampin’ Pierce Mat, stamp the dog in Memento ink to the left side on the Whisper White piece. *Look at my previous post to see how to add spots and the collar.

Stamp the sentiment onto the right side of the Whisper White piece.

Using a scrap piece of cardstock, punch the dog and heart out. We will be using this as a stencil. Lay the stencil over the stamped dog. Stamp the heart in Real Red as shown by the stencil. This will make it possible to punch out the dog and the heart together.

Lay the punch upside down on the table. Line up the image and depress the punch slightly to hold in place. Then press quickly and firmly with the heel of your hand to punch the image out.

Use the Everyday Label punch for the sentiment using the same procedure as above. Now for a new technique!

The new technique is called Sponging. Today I am going to use a Sponge Dauber to do this. I put the Dauber on my index finger. Tap down on the ink pad several times to get some ink evenly over the tip of the Dauber.

Now you are going to put the ink on the edge of the cardstock by flicking the dauber back and forth. Go all the way around the label. Start light and go darker as desired.

Adhere the Blueberry Bushel strip to the Real Red strip. Now adhere the two to the cardbase.

Use the Stampin’ Dimensionals and put them on the back of the label and the dog. I used the Stampin’ Mini Dimensionals for the back of the heart.

Peel off the protective cover on the Dimensionals, adhering the sentiment label to the card front first, followed by the dog, then the heart.

And there you have some sage advice from a dog. A dog?!?!

Stampin’ Up! products used included: Stamp set: Happy Tails #148682; Punch: Dog Builder # 148543 and Everyday Label #144668; Happy Tails Stamp set and Dog Builder punch bundle (save 10%) #150631; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Real Red #102482 and Blueberry Bushel #146968; Ink: Real Red # 147084 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: A #118487, B #117147 and D #118485; Sponge Dauber 3133773; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Stampin’ Mini Dimensionals #144108; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755. To place an order select the Shop Now button above.

Posted in beginner stamper, dog, Occasions Catalog 2019, Photopolymer, Punch, Stamping-off technique, Two-step stamping

Doggone cloudy day

Well, the weather outside is menacing. It is a perfect day to stay inside and cozy, and make some cards!

The next series of 3 cards will focus on “man’s best friend”.

The Stampin’ Up! Happy Tails stamp set and Dog Builder punch can be purchased until March 31, 2019 from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. If you do purchase both as a bundle, you will save 10%. So let’s make some cards!

The first step is to open the punch. Just squeeze the punch while sliding the plastic button upward. The punch will spring open.

You can insert the paper to be punched from the top or either side.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 folded in half at 4 1/4 inches and burnished with the Bone Folder; Blueberry Bushel 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Whisper White 5 x 3 3/4 inches and 4 x 2 1/4 inches.

First we will stamp the dog in Memento ink onto the 4 x 2 1/4 inch strip. I used a D block. Stamp at the bottom of the strip so you can use the punch. Tip: Be sure to use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat, since this is a Photopolymer stamp, to get the best image.


The way to use the punch is to have it laying upside down on the table. Insert the strip of cardstock and line up the image. You can depress the punch slightly to hold the cardstock in place, then push firmly and quickly to cut the image out.

The dog house is a 2 step stamping process. The body of the house will be in Real Red and the details (the shingles and wood grain) will be in Memento ink. I used a B and a C block.

Try to get an even layer of ink on the stamp. It may not look perfectly even, but will still give a good image. Tip: Hold the stamp onto the cardstock for a few seconds to ensure the ink will transfer completely.

The second step is to ink the details of the dog house in Memento, line it up and stamp over the Real Red house. I had to do this a couple of times to get the hang of it.

Now lay the dog without adhesive in the position you desire, to help with placement of the sentiment. Stamp the sentiment in Memento ink.

Add the bone in Memento ink and the small hearts in Real Red.

There is even a little dog collar!

You can add some spots to make a Dalmatian!

For “Spot” here, you need to Stamp Off to make the spots light enough to still see the eye. To Stamp Off, get a scrap piece of paper and have it on the Stampin’ Pierce mat. Ink the spot stamp with Memento ink and stamp onto the scrap paper first, then place the stamp over the dog image and stamp down.

Choose whichever dog you like best.

Adhere the doghouse and sentiment piece to the Blueberry Bushel piece, then adhere that to the card base.

I added some Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the dog. I cut one in half to better fit behind the leg. Tip: Some folks cut all of their Dimensionals in half to make them last longer.

Peel off the backing from the Dimensionals and adhere the dog to the card. Now you have a great card to send to your best (human) friend!

The next 2 cards will also be using the Happy Tails stamp set and Dog Builder punch. I will also introduce the technique of Sponging.

Sale-a-bration is still going strong! There are plenty of new products in the Occasions Catalog, so check out my shop but selecting the “Shop Now” button at the top of the page, or the “Click Here for my Store” button on the sidebar.

Thank you for stopping by! Please leave a comment and let me know how I am doing!

Stampin’ Up Products used include: Stamp Set: Happy Tails #148682; Punch: Dog Builder #148543; Bundle: Happy Tails stamp set and Dog Builder Punch #150631; cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Blueberry Bushel #146968; Ink: Real Red #147084 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: B #117147, C #118486 and D #118485; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Stampin’ Dimensionals # 104430; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, cactus, desert, Occasions Catalog 2019, Photopolymer

Let’s Get Stamping!

Today I will show you how to use the Photopolymer stamps that Stampin’ Up! has. This set is Flowering Desert and is found in the Occasions Catalog. I just love to give a handmade card to someone to let them know I think they are awesome!

These are the supplies you will need to make this card. In addition to the stamp set, I used Shaded Spruce ink, Whisper White cardstock, Clear Block E, the Stampin’ Pierce Mat, and (not shown- Clear Block H, Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins, Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive and Stampin’ Dimensionals)

The first step is to carefully remove the Photopolymer stamp from the sheet and place it on a Clear Block as shown.

Next is to tap the stamp onto the ink pad with a light to moderate pressure. You want to get ink on the image and not around the image. Be sure to press straight down, and lift straight up. If there is ink on your block, try using a lighter pressure.

When using the Photopolymer stamps you will need to have the Pierce Mat or a magazine under it to get the best image. Place the stamp straight down onto the paper and apply light to moderate pressure for about 5 seconds. This allows the ink to transfer onto the paper.  Lift the stamp straight up. It may take some practice to get a nice clear image. If there is ink around the image, that is called a halo, and it means you need to place the stamp on the ink with a lighter touch.

To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment onto a 3/4 inch strip of cardstock and cut a banner on one end. The cactus was cut to measure 4 x 2 1/2 inches and adhered to a 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Shaded Spruce. I then adhered the cactus piece onto a card base which measured 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, folded in half length-wise. The “You’re So Awesome” sentiment was adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals to give it lift and add dimension to the card. I finished it off with some sequins.

This is a really nice, simple card that can definitely be given to someone to express how you feel about them, and pass on some positive energy!