Posted in beginner stamper, Butterfly, Designer Series Paper, encouragement, Inspiration, Mini Catalog 2020, Positive Thoughts, Punch, Spring

Bonus! Card and Bookmark from one 6 x 6 inch Best Dressed Designer Series Paper!

This is a great way to use most of the 6 x 6 inch piece of a Designer Series Paper (DSP). I know a lot of folks don’t really read a real live book anymore, but you can use the bookmark in your planner, recipe book, Bible, etc. Nonetheless, an inspirational card and bookmark is a wonderful handmade gift to give someone.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches, 6 1/4 x 2 inches, 5 x 2 inches and 5 x 2 1/2 inches; Best Dressed DSP: 6 x 6 inches (I will show you how to cut to 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches); and Melon Mambo CS: 5 x 2 inches. You will also need the following Punches: 1 3/4 inch Circle, Pretty Label, Butterfly Duet and Scalloped Tag Topper.

Using the new Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer, make the first cut on the Best Dressed DSP at 5 1/4 inches.

Turn the paper 90 degrees. The second cut is at 4 inches. The larger piece is 5 1/4 x 4 inches, which is what you will need for the card front. The smaller piece is 5 1/4 x 2 inches. Tip: I labeled the cutting blade “CUT” and the score blade “SCORE” so I would remember which was which. It is so sad when you accidentally CUT when you meant to SCORE!

The third cut will trim the 5 1/4 x 2 inches down to 5 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches. This will be the piece for the bookmark. You will end up with a little bit of left over DSP, but not much.

Now for some stamping! I love the Butterfly Wishes stamp set because there are several different types of butterflies. These two happen to coordinate with the Butterfly Duet Punch. Stamp the larger butterfly in Melon Mambo ink onto one end of the 5 x 2 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp the smaller butterfly in Melon Mambo ink on the other end.

There are two sentiments, one for the card and one for the bookmark. Stamp the sentiment “Love to celebrate you” in Melon Mambo ink in the center of one end of the 5 x 2 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp the other sentiment “It was a perfect day because of you” in the center of the other end. Be mindful about the placement so that the punches will be able to go around the sentiments.

The punches are the 1 3/4 inch Circle Punch and the Pretty Label Punch. Use the Circle Punch to punch out the sentiment “Love to celebrate you”. Tip: I find it easier to use the punches if I lay them upside down on the table and use the heel of my hand to push down firmly and quickly.

Use the Pretty Label Punch to punch out the sentiment “It was a perfect day because of you”.

Punch out a Pretty Label using the Melon Mambo CS.

Use the Butterfly Duet Punch to punch out the two butterflies.

Punch out the smaller butterfly first, then the larger butterfly.

Use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch with the 6 1/4 x 2 inch Whisper White CS to make the bookmark. Tip: This punch is a little different. I do flip it upside down so I can see where the paper is, but you need to squeeze it firmly and quickly to make it punch the paper. It may be better to squeeze with both hands.

Gather all the pieces as shown above to make the bookmark.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 inch DSP to the Whisper White CS bookmark.

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment and the small butterfly. Adhere these to the bookmark.

For a finishing touch, I used 6 inches of the 5/8 inch Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and then tied a bow around it with 10 inches of Whisper White Bakers Twine.

Use the Bone Folder on the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS to get a nice crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line. This is the card base. Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Best Dressed DSP to the front of the card base.

Adhere the Melon Mambo CS Pretty Label to the back of the Pretty Label with the sentiment on it.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment label and the large butterfly. Adhere the sentiment to the card front.

I had to remove one of the Stampin’ Dimensionals so that the butterfly would sit properly over the label with the sentiment.

Tie a bow with 10 inches of the 5/8 inch Polka Dot Tulle and one with 10 inches of the Whisper White Bakers Twine. Use Glue Dots to adhere the bows to the card front.


Viola! You have a beautiful card! But wait……

Viola! You have a beautiful card and a matching bookmark! What a great gift to give to someone to uplift their spirits!

Thanks for joining me. I hope you try this out. It is a lot of fun to make! Remember that the new Annual Catalog is just around the corner, and there are many stamp sets, punches, dies and embellishments which are retiring. Go to my online store by clicking SHOP HERE and look at the Last Chance Products. There are several on sale, some at 60% off! Let me know if I can be of assistance in placing your order. Contact me in a comment on this blog, private message me on my Theresa’s Treasures Facebook page by clicking HERE, or send me an email at: theresastreasures.az@gmail.com. Also notify me if you would like a 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog mailed to you. I would love to have you as my customer!

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Posted in #simplestamping, Animals, beginner stamper, Bunny, Easter, Mini Catalog 2020, Rabbit, Sponging technique, Spring

Welcome Easter Cute Bunny

Hello and Good Day! I hope you amazing people are doing well and hanging in there with all the social distancing and self quarantine. It is really different. Easter will be very different as I will be “going” to mass online. Not the usual pretty dress, and new shirt and tie affair I am used too.

This is a cute Easter card with Springtime colors. It is very simple to make using the Welcome Easter stamp set in the Stampin’ UP! Mini Catalog.

Measurements: Card Base is Petal Pink card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score mark at 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches and 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches; Best Dressed Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 1/2 x 2 inches; 5/8 inch Organdy Striped Ribbon 7 inches and a bow.

Let’s Get Started:

I wanted the “Happy Easter” sentiment to be able to fit inside the Pretty Label punch. One thing you can do is cut the stamps so you can use a different arrangement for the sentiments. It is a little scary at first! They do fit back together on the block so you can use the original arrangement. Use the Melon Mambo ink to stamp the ‘Happy” onto the 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch Whisper White CS.

Stamp the “Easter” sentiment just under the “Happy” and slightly to the right. See how it fits nicely inside the Pretty Label Punch? Go ahead and punch the sentiment out.

Stamp the bunny and the little bee in Memento ink onto the 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. I just love this cute bunny!

Stamp the little patches of grass in Granny Apple Green ink just under the bunny. Tip: It is best to use the size of block that most closely fits the size of the stamp. You have more control and will not rock the stamp as much, thereby avoiding the halos you can get around your stamp. Sometimes you have to place the stamp on the diagonal to achieve this.

Use the Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Write Marker to color the bee. The Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Marker is used for the bunny’s ears and feet. Add a little bit of black with the Black Stampin’ Write Marker on the bee and the bunny’s nose.

Now we are going to use the Sponging Technique. To get the sponge ready, cut the Stamping Sponges in quarters, then cut each quarter in half. I attach a square of the coordinating color of cardstock with the name of the color written on it by stapling it to the top.

The Sponging Technique is an easy way to add a slight border to the card piece. Dab the ink with the sponge, then brush the edge of the card piece back and forth as you move along the edge. Tip: Start with light pressure so you only get a little ink on the card piece. You can always add more color but you can’t take it away!

This is the completed bunny piece with just a hint of Melon Mambo ink along the edge.

Use the Sponging Technique on the Pretty Label sentiment and the strip of Best Dressed DSP. On the DSP just sponge the two long sides.

We will adhere the ribbon with Glue Dots. Apply one Glue Dot to each end of the 7 inch piece of Organdy Striped Ribbon. Tip: I find it easiest to put the ribbon on top of the Glue Dot while it is still on the roll.

Adhere the ribbon to the strip of Best Dressed DSP, slightly to the left. Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold on the card base.

Adhere the DSP piece to the front of the card base, slightly to the left. Use a Glue Dot to adhere the bow to the top left of the card.

Now add some Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the bunny and the sentiment. Tip: Make your Stampin’ Dimensionals last twice as long by cutting them in half.

Adhere the bunny piece, then the sentiment piece.

Viola! You have a very sweet Easter card! I hope you are able to observe the Easter season in a way that is still meaningful to you. It may take some creativity. Stay open to new ways of doing things. I have really been enjoying meeting with my friends on Zoom. That may be a great way for you and your family to get together.

Thank you so much for joining me today. I really enjoyed making this cute card.

Today is the last day for Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration! This is your last chance to chose free product with a $50 or $100 order. There are new items on the list which include the Dual Butterfly Punch and several DSP’s. Check out my store by clicking here.

Posted in Butterfly, flowers, Friendship, Mini Catalog 2020, Multi-layer Stamping, Spring, Stamping-off technique

Sending Positive Thoughts

So much of life is just, well difficult. We all have our struggles. Sending a handmade card with positive thoughts can really make someone’s day and lift their spirits.

This card is very colorful, springy and sends a positive message. The colors are Mint Macaron, So Saffron, Balmy Blue and Highland Heather.

I used the Stampin’ Up! Positive Thoughts stamp set which is available in the 2020 Mini Catalog.

Measurements: Whisper White card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score at 4 1/4 inches, 5 x 3 3/4 inches and 4 x 2 inches; Garden Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

The technique I am going to show you today is Multi-layer Stamping. This is when you stamp several layers on top of each other. It is much easier than you would think!

Start with the main sentiment “Sending positive thoughts and feel good wishes” in Balmy Blue ink.

Use a scrap paper to stamp off before stamping the next image of this sentiment. Stamping Off is when you ink your stamp, stamp on the scrap paper, then stamp on your card front.

Do this several times, Stamping Off each time, until you reach the top of the card front. Do not worry if each line is not perfectly straight. It will not be that obvious once you add the rest of the images.

Use the Mint Macaron ink to stamp the leaf onto the card front. Stamp a second time without re-inking to the right of the first leaf. Mine is so light it is difficult to see in this photo.

Stamp the flowers in So Saffron ink at full strength.

Stamp three of the butterflies in Highland Heather ink onto the 4 x 2 inch Whisper White CS.

Cut out the butterflies with your paper snips. If you do happen to have a Big Shot or other die cutting machine, there are Natures Thoughts Dies available for this stamp set.

To make the butterflies pop off of the card, use the Bone Folder to bend the wings back a bit. Do this gently so you do not tear the wing off.

Use the Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of each butterfly.

Adhere the butterflies to the left upper side of the card front.

Fold the Whisper White CS 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line and use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold. Next, adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Garden Lane DSP to the front panel of the Whisper White CS card base.

Adhere the stamped card front onto to the Garden Lane DSP layer.

And now for some Bling! I used the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush on the butterflies.

It is very hard to get a good photo of how sparkly this is. Try it and see for yourself!

And Viola! You now have a handmade card to send positive thoughts to someone to brighten their day!

Thank you again for joining me today. I hope you can find some creative time today and make something to spread some positive thoughts and kindness. We all need more kindness in today’s world! Be the change you want to see!

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. The Metallic Twine and Sequins are already gone! 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: Positive Thoughts #151490; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730 and Garden Lane DSP #149488; Ink: Balmy Blue #146982, Mint Macaron #138337, So Saffron #105118 and Highland Heather #146986; Clear Blocks C #118486, D #118485, E #118484 and H #118490; Bone Folder #102300; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals #144108; and the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush #141897.

Posted in Bunny, Spring

Bunny Rabbit

Hi Everyone! Hope your Saturday is going well. I am still in a splint from my joint replacement surgery, but I am doing well.

Here is another card that my stamping friend Karen designed and I made with her before my surgery. I just love this bunny rabbit! This is a very simple card but isn’t it soooo cute!

I hope you continue to enjoy the Springtime! I will keep you posted and hope to be demonstrating a card soon!

Posted in Bunny, Spring

Healing

Well, I have had a time of it! I had a joint replaced in my right middle finger on March 18th. The joint failed and had to be revised with a second surgery on March 25th. As a result, I am crafting with just the left hand and it is slow going.

I did want to share this cute card I made with my stamping friend Karen. It is her design. Isn’t it so cute! It is made with the Stampin’ Up! Fable Friends stamp set.

Sale-a-bration is only until the end of this week! If you want the Fable Friends set order now because it will not be available after Sunday March 31st!

Stampin’ Up! products used on this card include: Stamp Set: Fable Friends #148670; Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso and Whisper White; Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper; Punch: Duet Banner; Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins and the items used with the Big Shot: Layering Oval Framelits and the Basket Weave Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

I apologize for the short post. I am going to have to let this second joint heal up well. I will post another card soon!

Posted in Aqua Painters, beginner stamper, Spring, Squirrel, Watercolor wash background

Springtime Squirrel

Hello! I am back after having a wonderful family visit. I am so grateful to have family to enjoy time with!

I also had a joint replacement in my right middle finger on Monday, compliments of osteoarthritis. This has slowed me down a bit, but I wanted to share these next 3 cards with you as soon as I could, and the first day of Spring is the perfect time for this card!

This little squirrel is just so cute! I will also show you how to get this fun watercolor background!

The stamp set I will use for the next 3 cards will be Stampin’ Up!’s Fable Friends. This is available in the 2019 Occasions catalog. Isn’t it so cute!

Measurements: Shimmery White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored and folded at 4 1/4 inches, Granny Apple Green 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches, Shimmery White 5 x 3 3/4 inches and 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches. Note: I am using the Shimmery White because it holds up to watercolor a little better than the Whisper White. You can use Whisper White if that is what you have.

You will also need Stampin’ Blends Light and Dark Crumb Cake, and Stampin’ Write Markers in Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch and Pacific Point, and a package of Glitter Enamel Dots.

We will be using Stampin’ Up! Granny Apple Green ink, Memento ink and an Aqua Painter.

There are 2 Aqua Painters in a package. For the watercolor wash we will use the larger tip.

The first step is to squeeze the Aqua Painter onto a paper towel to get the water flowing. Then brush the water onto the Shimmery White 5 x 3 3/4 inch paper. The paper may curl up a little. Just push it down flat again.

Now firmly squeeze the back of the Granny Apple ink pad to get the ink onto the inside of the lid.

Put a drop of water onto the lid near the ink and swirl the Aqua Painter in the puddle until there is ink on the Aqua Painter. Apply to the bottom of the paper moving back and forth, and work your way up so you get an ombre effect. When applying more ink, always start at the bottom and work upwards.

Clean the Aqua Painter by squeezing water out onto the paper towel until it is clear again.

Let the watercolor wash dry completely. I just set it in the sun on the window sill. If it is still curled, put it under something heavy to press it straight when it is still a little damp. Using Memento ink, stamp the sentiment ” Happy Spring” in the bottom right hand corner. Oops! I had forgotten to stamp the sentiment on when I first made the card, so the next 2 frames will have the sentiment missing. Oops!

Adhere the watercolor wash panel to the Granny Apple Green 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece, then adhere the two to the card base. Set aside.

Use the Memento ink with the squirrel stamp to stamp onto the 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 piece of Shimmery White.

Use the Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers to color the squirrel. Start with the Light Crumb cake. Try to just put one layer on the face. If you go over it too many times it gets too dark.

Add the Dark Crumb Cake to areas you want shaded. Go over the Dark Crumb Cake with the Light Crumb Cake to blend the edges.

Use the Stampin’ Write water based marker in Mango Melody for the center of the daisy.

Use the Stampin’ Write Pineapple Punch to add a little color to the petals.

The Stampin’ Write Granny Apple Green marker is for the leaf and stem. Tip: I generally use the brush tip except when the area to be colored is very small, like the stem. In this case I use the fine tip.

I used the Pacific Point Stampin’ Write marker for the little sailor jacket. Isn’t he so adorable?

Adhere the finished squirrel to the 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch square of Granny Apple Green.

Apply the Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the squirrel card piece and adhere to the card front as shown.

Using the Paper-Piercing Tool, remove the Glitter Enamel dot in Granny Apple Green from the sheet and place on the upper right hand corner of the card front. Add one more dot to each side to create a corner.

So the same in the lower left hand corner of the card front. I just love how sparkly these dots are!

And now you have made a wonderfully cute card to help welcome Spring! Have a very Happy Spring!

Sale-a-bration is only for another week and a half! Time sure does fly! Remember that you may choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration brochure for every $50 you purchase! Select the Shop button at the top to go to my store for more details. Contact me if you are having any trouble with ordering.

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Fable Friends #148670; Cardstock: Shimmery White #101910 and Granny Apple Green #146990 ; Ink: Granny Apple Green #147095 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and D #118485; Stampin’ Blends: Light and Dark Crumb Cake combo #144601; Stampin’ Write Markers: Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green and Pacific Point in the Brights Set #147157 and Pineapple Punch in the 2018-20 In Color set #147159; Aqua Painter #103954; Glitter Enamel Dots #146934; Paper Piercing Tool #126189; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.