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 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 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.

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 beginner stamper, flowers, Photopolymer

Floral Essence and Tips

I really love making cards because of all the wonderful stamps Stampin’ Up! has available! I can make just about any theme. Today is another card from the Perennial Essence Suite. I love flowers because they give such a nice relaxing feeling when I look at them.

Here is my beautiful desert flower garden this year. I love all the colors!

And here is the card for today using the Floral Essence stamp set, and Rococo Rose cardstock and ink for the primrose. I have lots of stamping tips for you today!

This is the Floral Essence stamp set. There a many gorgeous flowers in this set! The 3 leaf flower has a coordinating punch to make more of a 3-D flower.

Measurements: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White card base scored at 4 1/4 inches, 4 1/2 x 2 3/4 inch Whisper White cardstock, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch Rococo Rose cardstock, 5 x 2 inch Old Olive cardstock, and 4 x 2 inch 2019- 2021 In Color Designer Series Paper (DSP).

In addition you will need Stampin’ Up! ink in Rococo Rose, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive, the Leaf Punch, Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins, clear blocks A, C, D and H, paper snips, Multipurpose Liquid glue or Snail adhesive and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Tip: Since this is a Photopolymer stamp, you will need a Stampin’ Pierce mat. I cover mine with white paper so the ink doesn’t get on my mat.

Stamp the primrose in Rococo Rose ink onto the Rococo Rose cardstock. Add the center of the flower in Daffodil Delight.

Stamp the leaves in Old Olive onto the Old Olive cardstock. Stamp the sentiment “Wishing you a blissful future” in Old Olive onto the bottom of the 4 1/2 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock. I put a black background so the piece would be more visible to you.

Use your Paper Snips to fussy cut the primrose.

Use the Leaf Punch. Tip: I put mine upside down on the table, line up the image and then use the heel of my hand to quickly punch the image. Note: My flower bracelet was a gift from my son for my birthday. He knows what I like!

Cut a banner end on the DSP. Tip: First make a cut in the center, then cut from one corner to the end of the center cut.

Tip: Finish the banner end by cutting from the other corner to the center.

Adhere the DSP banner onto the lower 2/3 of the front of the Whisper White cardbase.

Use the Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment piece. Tip: To make the Dimensionals last longer, I use my paper snips to cut them in half. I also use the left over border by cutting them to size.

Adhere the sentiment piece over the DSP banner, slightly to the right.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the primrose and adhere it over the sentiment keeping in mind the placement of the leaves.

When adhering the leaves, you may need to trim off a bit so they fit under the flower.

Add the sequins. I move the sequins by using a pick. Stampin’ Up! has a new one called the Take Your Pick. The one I am using is old and has retired. Tip: Slide the pick under the adhesive of the sequin, place over where you want it, and use your finger with gentle pressure to slide the sequin off the pick.

The sequins add some sparkle to the card. Viola! Another completed card.

I am not sure what this sentiment was intended for, but I would use it as a graduation or wedding card. What would you use it for? Please comment below. I would love to hear your ideas.

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 include: Paper: Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Rococo Rose #150882 and Old Olive #100702; DSP: 2019-2021 In Color #149617; Ink: Rococo Rose #150080 and Old Olive #147090: Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Leaf Punch: #144667; Clear Blocks: A #118487, C #118486, D #118485 and H #118490; Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins #148561; Paper Snips #103579; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755. The new pick is the Take Your Pick #144107 on page 189 of the Annual Catalog.

To order the products for this card, select the “Shop Now” button on the top. You can also visit my Facebook Page Theresa’s Treasures Arts and Crafts Store: facebook.com/theresastreasures.az/. You will also see other cards I have made but not written a blog about.

Posted in beginner stamper, Blender Pen, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Grunge style, Masking Technique, Photopolymer, Stamping-off technique, Two-step stamping

Tips for Learning the Masking Technique

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I will demonstrate the Masking Technique to make the leaves appear to be behind the flowers. This adds dimension to your card.

This card is one of three that is made using Stampin’ Up!’s Painted Harvest stamp set. The first card was a Birthday card which you can see on the previous blog. This second card is one to express gratitude. Let’s get started!

Side note: My joint replacement in my right middle finger is doing well but I do still have a bandage on it. Today I chose a purple bandage. Might as well make it colorful!

I also used the Sea of Textures stamp set to add some grunge to the card.

Measurements: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White card base scored at 4 1/4 inches, 5 1/4 x 4 inch Blushing Bride and 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White.

The Stampin’ Up! ink colors for this card are: Blushing Bride, Garden Green, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso. Tip: The Early Espresso dries more slowly than the other colors so take care not to smear the ink, which I have done many times!

The clear blocks needed are: B, C, D, and H.

Tip: The stamps in this set are Photopolymer so you will need the Stampin’ Pierce Mat.

I actually made a mistake when photographing this part. You do not need the Stampin’ Pierce mat for this red rubber stamp. However, it did not seem to affect the quality of the image. Ink the stamp from the Sea of Textures stamp set with Crumb Cake and Stamp Off onto a scrap paper before stamping on the 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White card piece. The idea is to create a faint frame for the flowers.

Continue around the entire border.

The flower is a Two Step Stamp. The stamp on the left is larger and less detailed than the stamp on the right. I used the larger stamp first, but you could do it either way. Try it both ways to see which is easier. Sometimes when the two layers need to be lined up, it is easier to use the more detailed stamp first as it is easier to see through the less detailed stamp.

First stamp a flower in the lower left hand corner, slightly off to the right, using the Blushing Bride ink.

Then stamp a flower in the upper left hand corner and another to the right of the flower on the bottom left hand corner. Tip: Try not to make them perfectly spaced as this does not look natural.

Now use the smaller more detailed flower stamp and stamp directly over the top of the first stamp lining up the center. It isn’t so obvious here, but the flower looks more full after the second layer is stamped on.

To stamp the center of the flower, use the Early Espresso ink and Stamp Off onto the scrap paper first.

Now to prepare for the Masking Technique. Start with three sheets of sticky note paper and stamp the image of the larger flower over the edge with the sticky on it.

Now cut around the edge. Some people cut really close to the stamped edge and others leave a little border. I left a little border.

Separate the papers so you have the three sticky note flowers.

Stick the sticky note flowers on over your stamped flowers.

Tip: Take care to line up the mask properly. Identify a recognizable part of the image to be able to place the mask over the stamped image easily.

The leaves are a Two Step Stamp also. Tip: I made a mistake when I first did this card and used the less detailed stamp on the left first. I found that it was easier to line up the second layer if the more detailed stamp on the right was used first.

Stamp the first layer of the leaves as desired around the flowers.

Go over the first layer of leaves with the second stamp.

Peel the mask off.

Oops! I had not lined my mask up properly and this left a hole in my leaves! Not to worry, there are two ways to fix this that I can think of. The first fix is to do it all over. Urgh!

The second fix is to use a Stampin’ Up! Blender Pen.

The way to use the Blender Pen is to first get some ink on the lid of your stamp pad case. Flip the ink pad over and apply firm pressure. Then open up the stamp case and there should be a nice layer of ink in the lid. Scribble the Blender Pen at the edge of the ink spot and blend it out so that there is a light amount of ink on the pen.

Now apply the ink to the paper gently with a small circular motion until the leaf looks whole again. Not too bad, eh?

When you are finished blending, scribble the Blender Pen on a scrap piece of paper until all the color is out. Now it can be used again with another color! How cool is that!?!

Okay, back to the card we were making. Use the Early Espresso ink to stamp the sentiment in the upper right hand corner. Take care not to smear the ink by allowing extra time for it to dry.

Adhere the stamped card piece to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Blushing Bride.

Adhere the Blushing Bride to the card base. Flip the card over before rubbing it so that the ink doesn’t smear.

And there you have it! Wasn’t that fun? You can do a lot of really interesting cards using the Masking Technique. Take time to play with this technique. If you liked this card and the instructions, please Like my blog. Thanks for stopping by!

The Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Painted Harvest #144783, Sea of Textures #146488; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Blushing Bride #131198; Ink: Crumb Cake #147116, Blushing Bride #147100, Early Espresso #147114 and Garden Green #147089; Clear Blocks: B #117147, C #118486, D #118485, and H #118490; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Paper Snips #103579; Blender Pen #102845; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Cat, Designer Series Paper, Occasions Catalog 2019, Photopolymer, Punch

Cats will be Cats

My cats rarely misbehave, but when they do it is usually because they are upset about something. I have never had them unroll a ball of yarn, usually it is the roll of toilet paper!

Isn’t this card adorable? I got the inspiration from a stamping friend, Heather, who did a similar card with a Valentine’s theme.

As I sit here typing this Blog into my computer, my cat Anakin is sitting on my lap. Whenever I sit down at the computer he shows up to get some lovin’.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches, Floral Romance DSP (just the other side from the previous card) 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Whisper White 5 x 2 inches and 4 x 2 1/4 inches. You will also need about 36 inches of Stampin’ Up! Silver and Petal Pink Bakers Twine.

Ink: Petal Pink, Cajun Craze and Memento

Use the Cajun Craze ink to stamp the outline of the cat onto the 4 x 2 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White.

Using the Cajun Craze ink again, stamp the spots onto the cat taking care to line up the edges before stamping down.

Insert the stamped cat into the Cat Builder Punch. Line up the edges and apply a light pressure to hold in place. With the punch on the table, push quickly and firmly to punch out the cat. Set aside.

Use the Memento ink to stamp the sentiment “You’re the cats meow!” onto the Floral Romance DSP. Stamp on the upper left hand corner of the DSP.

The Silver Petal Pink Baker’s Twine is composed of 3 strands. We only need the Petal Pink strand.

Pull on the Petal Pink strand until it is separated from the white and silver strands. Set aside.

Lay the cat onto the 5 x 2 inch piece of Whisper White so he is half way on the cardstock. This is to help with placement of the ball of yarn. This is a Two-step stamp. I found it is easiest to stamp the outline of the ball of yarn first. Stamp the ball of yarn onto the bottom right.

Now stamp the solid ball of yarn. This can be somewhat difficult to do. You may have to try more than once to get it lined up properly. If you are having a hard time, try practicing on a scrap piece of paper first.

Place a glue dot with the Paper Piercing Tool at the end of the string on the stamped ball of yarn.

Adhere the Petal Pink twine to the glue dot and apply mild pressure to start to wrap the twine around the cardstock.

Wrap the twine until you reach the top of the cardstock. If you have it too tight the cardstock will bow.

Place a glue dot on the back and adhere the end of the twine to it. Cut off any excess twine.

Adhere the stamped Floral Romance DSP onto the Whisper White card base.

Place Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the piece with the twine wrapped around it.

Peel off the protective covers and adhere to the right side of the card front.

Hold the cat in the position you desire. We are going to put glue on the half that is on the piece with the wrapped twine, and Stampin’ Dimensionals on the half that is on the Floral Romance DSP.

Apply the Stampin’ Dimensionals and the Multipurpose Liquid Glue and adhere to the card front.

And there you have an adorable card to let someone know they are “The cats meow!”

Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration is only until March 31, 2019. For every $50 you order, you may choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration brochure. Not sure where to start? There is a monthly subscription called Paper Pumpkin. Each month you receive everything you need to make a project. This is a perfect way to start stamping. The first kit includes a clear block. Thereafter you will get an ink spot and stamp set each month, along with the supplies needed to complete the project. The kit for March will make 8 Birthday cards and includes an extra free stamp set! You must subscribe before March 10, 2019. See my store for more details. If you order a 3 month subscription to try it out, you will be able to choose a free product!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Nine Lives # 148703; Punch: Cat Builder #144666; Card stock: Whisper White #100730; Designer Series Paper: Floral Romance #148586; Ink: Memento #132708, Cajun Craze #147085 and Petal Pink #147108; Silver and Petal Pink Baker’s Twine #146288; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and D #118485; Mini Glue Dots #103683; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755; Paper Piercing Tool #126189; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199.

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

Cute Kitty

Hello Everyone! So I am at my medical conference waiting for the lectures to start and writing my blog about cards! So fun! Think I am the only doctor here doing that?

The next series of 3 cards will be from Stampin’ Up!’s Nine Lives stamp set which is so cute! We will also be using the Cat Builder punch.


This card is for that special friend who “only comes around once in nine lives”!

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches, Melon Mambo 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches, Whisper White 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches and 4 x 2 1/2 inches.

We will also be using Melon Mambo ink and Memento ink.

Let’s start with the sentiment “A friend like you comes around once in nine lives” in Memento ink stamped on the upper left hand corner of the 3 1/2 inch Whisper White square.

Using the Memento ink, stamp the outline to the kitty onto the Whisper White 4 x 2 1/4 inch piece on the bottom half.

Next use the Memento ink to ink up the spots. Carefully line up all the outlines and stamp the spots onto the kitty. Isn’t he so adorable?

Insert the stamped cat piece in through the top of the punch and line it up. Squeeze it slightly then push firmly and quickly with your hand to punch the cat out.

Lay the cat onto the piece with the sentiment to be able to position the ball of yarn. This is a Two-step stamp. I tried it both ways and found it easier to stamp the outline first.

I decided to Stamp Off once to lighten the background stamp for the ball of yarn. Use a scrap of paper to stamp on first, then stamp over the outline of the ball of yarn.

I had to try this a few times before I was happy with the result.

We are going to adhere the kitty with the Stampin’ Dimensionals. I cut a sliver from one to put on the tail.

Peel off the protective layer and adhere to the sentiment piece.

Adhere the sentiment and kitty to the square of Melon Mambo.

Now adhere the entire piece to the Whisper White card front. I just love it!

You can leave the card this way or if you have some rhinestones or sequins you may add some bling to the card. I wanted to leave it simple. Tip: When it is time to mail a card with rhinestones on the front, cut a piece of Whisper White card stock at 5 1/4 x 4 inches to lay over the top before sliding the card into the envelope. This helps it slide through the mail sorter without damaging your card.

Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale of the year, Sale-a-bration, is going on until March 31, 2019. The Nine Lives stamp set is from the 2019 Occasions Catalog and the Cat Builder Punch is in the Annual Catalog. For every $50 that you order from either catalog, you may choose a free Sale-a-bration product from the Sale-a-bration Brochure. Select the shop button on top to check it out!

Stampin’ Up! products used on this card include: Stamp set: Nine Lives #148703; Punch: Cat Builder Punch #144666; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Melon Mambo #141416; Ink: Memento #132708 and Melon Mambo #147051; Clear Blocks: B #117147, C #118486 and D #118485; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Birthday, Cake, Photopolymer, Simple stamping

Happy Birthday Cake

Hello fellow stampers! Today I have a wonderful Birthday cake card for you!

This is the second in a series of 3 cake cards and is made with Stampin’ Up!’s Piece of Cake stamp set. Let’s get started!

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches, Flirty Flamingo 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Whisper White 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches and 3 x 1/2 inches. You will also need one of the Pearlized Doilies.

I will be using the Flirty Flamingo and Smoky Slate ink pads and the Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers in Dark Flirty Flamingo, Light Mango Melody and Light Smoky Slate. I will also use Memento ink (not pictured).

The first stamp is the little bunch of swirled lollipops. Who remembers getting those at the State Fair as a kid? I do! Stamp the lollipops in different directions all around the Flirty Flamingo card piece. Keep in mind that a small heart will need to fit in between the lollipops, so do not stamp them too close together. Tip: Remember to use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat for the Photopolymer stamps

Now use the small heart to fill in between the lollipops. This is the background for your card, your own Designer Series Paper!

Adhere this to the Whisper White card base.

The cake platter is stamped in Smoky Slate. Stamp towards the bottom so there is enough room for cake and candles.

Stamp the cake in Flirty Flamingo.

And now the candles in Flirty Flamingo.

I used the Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker to color the icing.

Now color the candles in Dark Flirty Flamingo.

For the flames I used the Light Mango Melody Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker.

The shadow on the platter is done in the Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker.

Using Memento ink, stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment onto the Whisper White strip on the right hand side.

Cut a banner end first by cutting the middle, then from each corner to the middle.

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

Place the doily slightly to the right and adhere to the Flirty Flamingo card piece. Adhere the cake piece on top of the doily.