Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, encouragement, Friendship, Love/Affection, Nature, Outdoors, Photopolymer, Sea, Simple stamping, Sponge Dauber, Sunset

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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Thank you! I really enjoy having you visit. Please leave me a comment.

Theresa

Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, flowers, Grunge style, Guys cards, Masculine, Sponge Dauber

Cardz 4 Guys Challenge #50- Get Well Wishes

It is hard to design a card for a guy when you do want to use a flower. However, the Cardz 4 Guys Challenge #50 for a card with a Good Well Wish made it the perfect time to give it a try. I hope you like what I came up with.

One of the styles I really like is grunge. This grungy background was created with Stampin’ Up! inks in Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede. I used some retired sets which are my favs: Gorgeous Grunge and Timeless Textures. There are similar stamps in the current catalog, but I just love these.

These particular rose and leaves are in the current Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and the stamp set is called Healing Hugs. This is a Distinktive stamp which to me looks more photographic. I enhanced the rose with the Pacific Point Watercolor Pencil, and the leaves with the Old Olive Watercolor Pencil to make them even more realistic.

Thanks for stopping by and viewing my Cards 4 Guys Challenge #50- Get Well Wishes. You can find out more about this challenge at cardz4guys.com. I have a lot of fun with it!

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Happy stamping!

Theresa

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

Ornate Garden Suite/ Fun with Sponge Daubers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thankful for Fun Techniques

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daub the Cajun Craze ink onto the stamp in patches.

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

Stamp the tree trunk in Soft Suede ink.

Stamp the pot in Terracotta Tile ink.

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

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

Cover the whole piece of card stock with the leaves.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adhere the sentiment to the card front.

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

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

I added three rhinestones to the card front.

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

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

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

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