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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

Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, 3D Embossing Folder, Christmas, Coloring Techniques, Sponge Brayer, Sponge Dauber, Sponging technique, Winter Holiday

Stampin’ Up!® Evergreen Forest & In The Pines Serene Season’s Greetings with Sponging Tips

Hello fellow crafters! To continue on with my 15-Day Challenge of making a Christmas card each day, I decided to create a peaceful forest with the Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder. The “Season’s Greetings” sentiment is from the In The Pines stamp set.

To create the coloring I used the Sponge Brayer and Sponge Dauber so I will try to give you some tips on using those.

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; Thick Whisper White CS: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches; Whisper White CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 1/2 x 4 inches; Shaded Spruce CS: 3/4 x 4 inches.

The Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder is available in the 2020 August-December Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog. Note: The reason mine has a “One Navy Blue Plate” sign on it is because that is what I would use with my Big Shot. I now use the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine which uses a gray plate and is much smoother.

The first step is to roll some Night of Navy ink onto the inside of the embossing folder. Apply the ink to the side that has the “Stampin’ Up!” logo on it. Tip: To get the ink on the Sponge Brayer evenly, push fairly firmly and roll the sponge from near to far, lift, and roll from near to far again. Repeat until there is a nice layer of ink on the sponge. Roll the ink onto the embossing folder with the same motion- near to far, lift, near to far. If needed apply more ink to the Sponge Brayer. Roll ink onto the embossing folder until there is a nice even layer.

Tip: Spritz a little water onto the Thick Whisper White CS to help the paper be easier to emboss and turn out more 3D. Also spritz a wee bit of water onto the ink on the embossing folder. Place the paper on the Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder and close. Run through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine slowly to allow time for the ink to be absorbed by the paper.

Viola! This is the beautiful scene you have!

Now use the Sponge Dauber to apply Shaded Spruce ink to the trees. Tip: Dab the dauber onto the ink pad, then gently rub onto the embossed trees in a small circular motion applying a light layer of ink. Start light and add more to get a darker shade. Note: I have a different dauber for each color that I keep in a partitioned craft box.

Apply a nice even layer of the Shaded Spruce ink, then add a deeper color to the trees that “stick out” a little more than the others. Tip: Shade the edges of the card piece a little darker for a vignette look.

Continue to add more ink in a small circular motion until the color is deep enough and you are satisfied with the look.

Use the Shaded Spruce ink to stamp the sentiment “Season’s Greetings” onto the 1/2 x 4 inch Whisper White CS. Adhere the sentiment to the 3/4 x 4 inch Shaded Spruce CS.

Use the Timeless Label Punch to make a curved edge.

Use the largest tree in the In The Pines stamp set to stamp onto the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Some trees are stamped full strength and others are Stamped Off. This is the inside of the card.

Use your Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 score line on the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch Shaded Spruce CS card base. Adhere the inside panel to the inside of the card base.

Adhere the embossed and sponged front panel to the front of the Shaded Spruce CS card base. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment.

Viola! This really turned out to be a fun and soothing Holiday card!

I really appreciate you coming by today. Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think.

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Crafting keeps me sane. Ok to try this at home.😊

Theresa

Posted in Christmas, Coloring Techniques, Sponging technique, Winter Holiday

Stampin’ Up!® Quite Curvy Peaceful Christmas Card with the Aurora Borealis Technique

Yesterday I started a 15 day Christmas Card Making Challenge with my accountability partner, Christy. The challenge is to blog one Christmas card each day for 15 days. I am planning a variety of cards at different levels, some using dies, some with techniques and also some that will be simple stamping. So join me in my challenge!

For today’s card, I will focus on showing you how to create the Aurora Borealis background. I am using the Quite Curvy Variety Bundle (#158396) which includes the Quite Curvy and Curvy Christmas stamp sets, as well as the Curvy Dies and some Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper.

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: 2 x 3 inches, and two 5 1/2 inch long curvy “snowdrifts”. The snowdrifts are made using the Curvy dies.

The Aurora Borealis Technique

The first step is to prepare some sponges. I cut the Stamping Sponges in half, then cut the half to make a quarter. Some folks like the 1/4 sponge but I have found I can cut the quarter in half again and get 8 pieces from one Stamping Sponge. I cut out a square of card stock in the same color as the ink I plan to use and staple it to the top of the sponge.

I do not rinse the sponges out, but rather I store them in a compartmentalized craft box.

To prevent the ink from getting on the back of the card, I used sticky note tape at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Dab the sponge in the Daffodil Delight ink and then make horizontal streaks in a random pattern to cover the top 1/3 of the card front.

Dab a sponge in the Granny Apple Green ink and make some more streaks. Follow the same procedure for the Magenta Madness ink and the Pacific Point ink. I know it looks pretty weird right now.

I sponged the Night of Navy ink more heavily around the edges. Using the Pacific Point ink I then sponged over the other colors.

Next I sponged some more Daffodil Delight ink and Magenta Madness ink to make the colors more vibrant. You can keep adding colors and the Pacific Point or Night of Navy over the colors until you are satisfied with the look. Don’t worry, it will look much better once we add the snowdrifts.

Carefully peel off the sticky tape and let the ink dry before trying to fold the card.

Putting it all together

Tip: When using a curvy sentiment, put the stamp on the card stock and position it how you want it, then put the clear block over it. Stamp the sentiment “Thinking of you at Christmas” on the larger snowdrift in Misty Moonlight ink. The sentiment is in the Curvy Christmas stamp set.

I stamped the birds from the Quite Curvy stamp set in Memento Black ink and then colored with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers in Light and Dark: Balmy blue, Misty Moonlight and Night of Navy. I always have the Color Lifter handy so I can lighten the colors as well as cover any marks out of the lines. Fussy cut the birds.

I used the Light and Dark Balmy Blue to color the edges of the snowdrift and add some dimension. Glue the two snowdrifts together.

Adhere the snowdrifts to the card front. Position the birds and use the Light Balmy Blue to make small shadows before you adhere the birds.

Adhere the birds to the card front. Tip: I find it easier to position smaller images by using some tweezers.

Add some Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the sky for extra sparkle and Viola! you have a unique and extraordinary handmade Christmas Card!

Thanks so much for visiting. I am excited about my 15 Day Christmas Card Challenge and hope to see you back tomorrow!

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Theresa

Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Avid Stamper, Coloring Techniques, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Masking Technique, Sponging technique, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

International Blog Highlight Winners Hop October- Country Home

I am so excited and thankful to be part of the Top 10 Winners Hop from Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlight! Thank you to everyone who voted for my card from October’s International Blog Highlight, allowing me another opportunity to post on the Winners Hop. Ten Demonstrators from around the world will be posting today. The theme today is Thanks.

I created this card using several techniques including masking and sponging. I have fallen in love with all you can do with the Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers and the Country Home stamp set. Additional texture was added with the use of the Textured Essentials stamp set. I continued the background design on the right of the inside.

By sponging, I blended Misty Moonlight and Cajun Craze inks together to create the background. The sentiment and blotches are in Early Espresso ink. The Stampin’ Blends colors are: Misty Moonlight, Gray Granite, Smoky Slate, Just Jade, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade and Crumb Cake.

I hope you enjoyed my card. I am very thankful for all the good things; sometimes they are difficult to see, but there are many good things and good people out there.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Theresa

Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, Blender Pen, Christmas, Coloring Techniques, Sponging technique, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers, Vintage, Winter Holiday

Kylie’s Demonstrator Training Blog Hop- August 2020

Hi! Welcome to Theresa’s Treasures. I’m Theresa and I’m an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator in Arizona, USA. I’m so excited to be taking part in Kylie’s Demonstrator Training Blog Hop today. We are a group of Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators from around the world that are taking part in training that is helping us to build a successful Stampin’ Up!® business and reach some goals we have set. We appreciate your support. This Blog Hop is a really fun way to see projects from Demonstrators around the world! I just love all the creativity! You may be starting here or have come from another blog – either way you can find the link list at the bottom of this post so that you can see every blog post and idea today. Please try and visit all sites and see how inspired you can become!

I can’t believe the Stampin’ Up!® August-December 2020 Mini Catalog is live already! I chose the Poinsettia Place Suite for my card today. So much loveliness!

I made a lot of different poinsettia cards by placing the Poinsettia Petals stamps on my Stamparatus and stamping a bunch of them onto 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Very Vanilla Card Stock (CS). I colored each one in a different color scheme using the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers then ran them through my cutting machine. I’ve made about 4 different poinsettia cards so far. This was a really quick way to stamp a bunch of poinsettia pieces.

I stamped the poinsettia and leaves for this card in Soft Suede ink. I used a blender pen for shadowing, then sponged the edges of the poinsettia in Soft Suede ink. The leaves were sponged with Garden Green ink, then Soft Suede ink on the edges. I crinkled the paper a little before laying it out on the card for added dimension.

For the “Merry Christmas” sentiment I stamped it in Early Espresso ink then cut it out with the Stitched Rectangle Dies by extending the rectangle to fit the sentiment with partial die cutting. The edges of the sentiment as well as the edges of the 1st layer of Very Vanilla CS were also sponged in Soft Suede ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. If your have any questions or comments, please leave them below or send to theresastreasures.az@gmail.com.

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Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, beginner stamper, Blender Pen, Coloring Techniques, Halloween, Sponging technique

It’s Live! Stampin’ Up!® August-December Mini Catalog is live today!

I showed a sneak peak of the wonderful and festive Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog with an adorable Winter card on my last blog. Today I am going to show a spooky Halloween card. I will plan on showing a Fall card on Friday. I recommend you spend some time looking through a PDF of the Mini Catalog here and start planning for the holidays coming up now. If you act now, you will have plenty of time to design some handmade cards!

This Halloween card was a lot of fun to make with the Magic In The Night Designer Series Paper (DSP)! Lots of creepy spiders!

Measurements: Blackberry Bliss Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Smoky Slate CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 2 x 3 1/2 inches; Basic Black: 4 x 5 1/4 inches; Magic in the Night DSP: 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches; and Basic Grey 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.

This is the Hallows Night Magic stamp set in the Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog. The design detail on the bats is awesome!

Let’s start stamping!

Oops! First I wanted to show you how to deal with a “halo“. That is when the ink gets on the part of the stamp surrounding the image and makes a mark on your card that you do not want. This is a BIG halo!

One way to fix this issue once and for all, is to trim the stamp. I use a sharp pair of Paper Snips. Others use an Exacto knife. I just trim a little away as shown.

That’s better! I used the Memento black ink to stamp the spider onto the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Smoky Slate CS. This will be the inside of the card.

I added a few of the smaller spiders. I used a straight edge to draw a string of web with the Stampin’ Write Basic Black Marker.

Using the Memento Black ink stamp the larger spider onto the 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch Basic Grey CS. You can fussy cut the spider or if you do have a cutting machine, you could use the Halloween Magic Dies to cut the spider out.

Stamp the frame for the sentiment in Memento Black ink onto the 2 x 3 1/2 inch Smoky Slate CS, then stamp the sentiment “Happy Halloween” in the middle of the frame. Next, squeeze the middle of your Blackberry Bliss ink pad so that you get a little ink on the lid. Use a Blender Pen to take up a little ink and color in the flowers in the frame.

Now we are going to sponge the sentiment to make it more interesting. First I just dabbed the sponge right over the sentiment and around the frame. Next I flicked the sponge along the edge to darken the corners and edges of the card piece. Finally, lay the card piece on some scrap paper and move the inked sponge in small circles to darken more of the edge. Now that is interesting!

Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line on the Blackberry Bliss CS card base. Adhere the Smoky Slate CS stamped with the spiders to the inside of the card base.

Adhere the Blackberry Bliss spider design from the Magic in this Night DSP to the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Basic Black CS. Now adhere the card piece to the front of the Blackberry Bliss CS card base.

I used the Black Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment piece to the card front.

Now some Bling! The Mini Catalog has Self Adhesive Black Iridescent Pearls! I used the Take Your Pick tool to transfer the Iridescent Pearls to the large spider and to a few other spiders in the background. When you move the card around, the pearls look purple, blue and green!

I decided the card needed just a little more Bling! so I added the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to the body of the large spider and to the flowers in the frame.

Viola! You have a very spooky spidery card! So much fun!

A lot is happening today. As I stated above the Stampin’ Up!® August to December 2020 Mini Catalog is going live! Also, Stampin’ Up! has updated their catalog website to make your shopping experience better. There will be new features including the ability to sign off but keep items in your cart so you can come back to shopping later. The new website my not keep your link to my store. Try the link here to go to my Online Store. Please double check to be sure you are still shopping with Theresa McEntee from Bisbee Arizona 85603. Thanks so much for all your support of my small business. I would not be able to do this without your support. Thank you!

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Theresa

Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Avid Stamper, Coloring Techniques, Father's Day, Guys cards, Love/Affection, Masculine, Masking Technique, Sponging technique, Summer, Sunset

Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge # 249-No Patterned Paper

Hello and Welcome to the Cardsz 4 Guyz Challenge #249- No Patterned Paper.

This card was the #1 Winner in the Top # for the Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge!

A Good Man and Summer Days stamp sets by Stampin’ Up® make for a great pair for this Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge. This turned out to be an avid stamper type card.

I just love this quiet and peaceful moment between the man and the girl.

I decided to try something a little different and make a scene inside the card that could be seen outside the card through an oval die cut.

In order to do a Partial Die Cut to leave the little girl uncut, I came up with a novel idea. I made a smaller plate to use in my Big Shot. I took an old cracked plate and had my son cut it at 3 1/2 inches. He then filed the rough surface and rounded the corners. I am calling this “Theresa’s Small Cutting Plate”.

I adhered the front panel with the stamped man and girl to the Poppy Parade Card Stock (CS) card base with repositional tape, then placed the oval die cut on the front panel. I used sticky note tape to hold the oval in place and a Sharpie to mark the area I did not want to cut (from the top of the man’s head to his pant leg). The Big Shot sandwich from bottom to top is: Magnetic Plate, Cutting Plate, Card Stock, Oval Die cutting surface side down and finally Theresa’s Small Cutting Plate. I placed Theresa’s Small Cutting Plate as shown before running it through the Big Shot. It will only get cut where the plate covers the CS.

Here is what it looks like after running the sandwich through the Big Shot. The rest of the girl was fussy cut.

I cut an oval out of the middle of a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch sheet of Gina K. Masking Magic paper to mask the inside of the card. I sponged the sunset with the following Stampin’ Up! inks: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Terracotta Tile and Poppy Parade. I used the Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers to color the images. The Stampin’ Blend colors used are: Granny Apple Green, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Misty Moonlight, Purple Posy. Petal Pink and Flirty Flamingo. I used the light and the dark Stampin’ Blend for each color except the Flirty Flamingo. I only used the light Stampin’ Blend for that one.

Thank you so much for visiting today for my Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #249- No Patterned Paper. If you want to give this card a try, the supplies are all listed below. The supplies can be purchased from my Online Store by clicking on any of the photos below.

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You have a most wonderful and creative day!

Theresa

Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Friendship, Hello, Sponging technique, Stamping-off technique, Two-step stamping

Little Lambs Eat Ivy- Hippo Happiness

“Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey, a kiddle divey too, wouldn’t you?” I am really showing my age here. My Grandma used to sing that little ditty to us. For some reason, this little lamb reminded me of it. Have you any songs that your Grandma or Mom sang to you? It is fun to make a card as a reminder.

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

Ink Colors: Memento, Gorgeous Grape, Calypso Coral, Balmy Blue, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green.

On the 4 x 2 inch Whisper White CS, stamp the sentiment “fluttering by just to say hi!” in Gorgeous Grape ink on to the right side. Allow space around the sentiment to be able to use the Label Me Fancy Punch. Use Calypso Coral ink to stamp the outline of the butterfly on the left side.

The main images on this card require Two Step Stamping. (Hover over underlined words for definition). I also used the Stamping Off Technique for this butterfly. Ink up your stamp and stamp it lightly but evenly onto a scrap paper, then stamp it onto your card piece without adding any ink. This way you get a lighter shade of the same ink color.

I added the little face for the butterfly in Memento ink. Punch the sentiment out with the Label Me Fancy Punch.

Lay the sentiment and butterfly pieces onto the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Whisper White CS. Use the Memento ink and the dotted swirl stamp to stamp the path of the butterfly just over the sentiment.

Now for the fun part! I found it easier to line up the second stamp if I stamped the full strength part of the image first. For the second stamp of the Two Step Stamping I first Stamped Off onto a scrap paper, then lined up the scallops on the head and body, and stamped over the full strength image. The first lambs are in Balmy Blue ink.