Posted in beginner stamper, encouragement, Friendship, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Happy New Year! Follow Your Dreams in 2020!

I know a lot of people do not make New Years resolutions. I do. I like to take this opportunity to take a hard look at my life: what am I doing? what do I want to do? what do I want to change? These thoughts inspired this card.

This card just looks so hopeful and magical! It inspires me to try to make my dreams come true!

This card is made using the Stampin’ Up! Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches, 3 3/4 x 3 inches and 4 x 1 1/2 inches; Seaside Spray cardstock 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches; Gorgeous Grape cardstock 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches.

Use Gorgeous Grape ink to stamp the sentiment “Make your dreams come true” onto the 4 x 1 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock. Leave space on the sides to allow for punching it out.

Still using the Gorgeous Grape ink, stamp the filigree onto the 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inch piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock.

I stamped around the edges near the upper right and lower left corners.

Use Memento ink to stamp the unicorn onto the 3 3/4 x 3 inch piece of Whisper White. Tip: Use the Memento ink whenever you want to color with the Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers.

I decided to color the mane and tail with the Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers in Light Highland Heather, Light Seaside Spray and Light Mint Macaron.

Starting with the Light Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Marker I colored the horn, mane and tail.

Next I colored with the Seaside Spray Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Marker. I colored the mane and the tail.

Lastly I colored the remaining portions of the horn, mane and tail with the Light Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Marker.

I used the Light Basic Black Stampin’ Blend Alcohol marker for the hooves.

The shadows were enhanced with the Light Smokey Slate Stampin’ Blend Alcohol marker.

Now for some fun with bling! The Wink of Stella Glitter brush is wonderful!

Follow the instructions to start using your pen. There is a black ring that needs to be removed before the glitter will come out. Gently brush the unicorn body with the Wink of Stella until it sparkles. It is hard to appreciate the sparkle in the photo.

Use the Timeless Label punch to punch out the sentiment.

Tip: I lay my punch on the table and use the heel of my hand to depress it firmly and quickly.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the Whisper White cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base at the 4 1/4 inch scoreline. The Bone Folder helps to make a crisp fold.

Adhere the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch piece of Seaside Spray to the front of the Whisper White card base. Next adhere the stamped piece of Gorgeous Grape.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and the unicorn pieces. Tip: I cut my Dimensionals in half to make them last longer.

Adhere the unicorn to the card front leaving space for the sentiment.

I had put the Stampin’ Dimensionals in the middle of the back of the sentiment. With the unicorn raised up with Dimensionals, that did not look right. I moved the Dimensionals down to the bottom edge and that looked a lot nicer.

And Viola! you have a very glittery card to inspire someone!

I wish you a very Happy New Year! I hope you can find more time to craft because it is so relaxing and helps me stay sane and positive. I wish the same for you! May this coming year be your best yet!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Leave a Little Sparkle #149292; Paper: Whisper White #100730, Seaside Spray #150883, and Gorgeous Grape #146987; Ink: Gorgeous Grape #147099 and Memento #132708; Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers: Light Highland Heather #146881, Light Seaside Spray #149567, Light Mint Macaron #147020, Light Basic Black #147940 and Light Smokey Slate #145054; Punch: Timeless Label #149516; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Bone Folder #102300; Clear Blocks: D #118485 and E #118484; Wink of Stella Glitter Brush #141897.

Posted in beginner stamper, Christmas, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Peace this Christmas

It seems we often get caught up in the flurry of activity associated with the Holidays and forget to take time to feel the “Light and Peace” of Christmas.

This card is very easy to make and reminds us to receive the “Light and Peace” Christmas can bring to us. Making Christmas cards for others really helps me feel peaceful and by sending the cards to my loved ones, I feel I am sharing a little Light.

For this card I used the Stampin’ Up! Light and Peace stamp set.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base with a scoreline at 4 1/4 inches, 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches, and 3 x 2 inches; Night of Navy cardstock: 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches; Copper Foil: 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches; and the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

Additional supplies: Memento ink, Clear Blocks C and H, Every Day Label Punch, Paper Snips, Take Your Pick tool, Stampin’ Blends (Light Petal Pink, Light and Dark Balmy Blue and Dark Daffodil Delight), Bone Folder, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Star Designer Elements.

Place the angel and the sentiment “May this Christmas bring you Light and Peace” on the clear blocks. The angel will be stamped onto the 3 x 2 inch piece of Whisper White, and the sentiment on the 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White.

Stamp the sentiment in Memento ink onto the bottom half of the 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White. Oops! I didn’t apply even pressure so the “C” did not stamp. Not to worry.

Just flip the paper and stamp on the other side. When you punch the sentiment out it will be fine.

Now stamp the angel in Memento ink onto the 3 x 2 inch piece of Whisper White. Boy! It isn’t my day. This extra mark from the edge of the stamp is called a Halo. This can happen if you rock the stamp instead of pushing straight down and up. Also, some stamps just make a halo even if your stamping technique is good.

When I get a halo, I usually will trim off the excess rubber to decrease the chance of it happening again. Just take your paper snips and trim a small amount away.

I will try it again now. Viola! No halo!

Use the Everyday Label Punch to punch out the sentiment.

Use the Everyday Label Punch to punch a label from the 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Night of Navy.

Here are the Stampin’ Blends you will need.

I choose Dark Daffodil Delight for the hair. If you prefer brown hair, use Crumb Cake, Soft Suede or Early Espresso.

I used the Dark Petal Pink for the skin color. An alternative could be Light Crumb Cake.

I used the Dark Balmy Blue to make the shadow first.

Using a circular motion, add the Light Balmy Blue and blend the Dark Balmy Blue.

You can emphasize the shadow by applying more of the Dark Balmy Blue.

Here is the completed Angel.

Adhere the Angel to the 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch piece of Copper Foil.

Adhere the 2 labels together with the Night of Navy label slightly to the lower right behind the sentiment.

Adhere the Brightly Gleaming DSP to the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch piece Night of Navy cardstock.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White cardstock card base at the 4 1/4 inch scoreline.

Adhere the Brightly Gleaming DSP and Night of Navy card stock piece to the front of the card base. Add the Angel to the upper left-hand corner.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment piece. I cut my Dimensionals in half but always use a full Dimensional in the center.

Add the sentiment to the lower right-hand corner of the card front.

And now for some bling! These are the Star Designer Elements found in the Brightly Gleaming Suite in the 2019 Holiday Catalog. Aren’t they wonderful?!

The easiest way to transfer the stars from the package sheet to the card is to use the Take Your Pick Tool. I am using a retired Piercing Tool because I don’t have the Take Your Pick tool yet. Slide the pick under the adhesive of the star and transfer to the proper place on the card. Use your finger to slide the star off and adhere it to the card.

Usually using an odd number of elements is more pleasing to the eye. I also tend to place the elements in a triangular orientation.

And viola! You have a beautiful card to help bring “Light and Peace” to someone you love!

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. I try to keep this blog on the Beginner Stamper level. If you need any supplies from Stampin’ Up!, I would be honored and grateful if you would choose me to be your demonstrator. Just select the Shop Now button on the top of the blog and you will be taken to my Stampin’ Up! web page. On there you can select the Shop button and see the online catalog. Send me an email if you need any assistance.

Stampin’ Up! products used: Stamp Set: Light and Peace #150516; Paper: Whisper White #100730, Night of Navy #100867, Copper Foil #142020 and Brightly Gleaming DSP #150429; Ink: Memento #132708; Punch: Everyday Label #144668; Stampin’ Blends: Light Petal Pink #146866, Dark Daffodil Delight #144585 and Balmy Blue Combo #148544; Clear Blocks: C #118486 and H #118490; Embellishments: Star Designer Elements #150430; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Paper Snips, Bone Folder and Take Your Pick tool.

Posted in 3D Technique, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Making a 3-D Magnolia Card

Sorry for the long absence. So much for having extra time to blog now that school started. I am finding that even though I only have 1 kiddo left out of 4, he really keeps me busy! I am just going to have to sit down and schedule time to blog and make cards! Stamping and making cards is what helps keep me relaxed.

I absolutely love making cards! Especially if I can make it better by changing it a little bit. I initially made this card flat but I felt it wasn’t quite what I wanted. By making the flower 3-D, the card really comes to life!

The Stampin’ Up! stamp set I am using is Good Morning Magnolia. The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is Magnolia Lane.

Measurements: Very Vanilla cardstock 11 x 4 1/4 inches scored at 5 1/2 inches, another 11 x 4 1/4 inch piece for stamping the Magnolia, and a 2 1/4 x 1 inch strip for the sentiment. Magnolia Lane DSP 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 5 x 3 3/4 inches. The DSP is the same design but I just used each of the two sides.

These are the two stamps we will use. Additionally, you will need the following: Memento ink, Stampin’ Up! clear acrylic blocks C and F, Stampin’ Blends in Old Olive, Petal Pink, Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede, Magnolia Memory Dies, Magnolia Lane Ribbon Pack, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dimensionals, glue dots and paper snips.

Well, let’s get started! Fold the scored 11 x 4 1/4 inch Very Vanilla in half. This will be the card base. Set aside. The other 11 x 4 1/4 inch piece will be stamped with the magnolia flower- three times.

Tip: When using a large stamp, I find I get more even coverage with the ink if I ink it stamp-side up.

Using Memento ink, stamp the first of three magnolia images close to the edge.

OOPS! I dropped the stamp right on top of my work! Well, not to fear. This time the ink is not really going to get in the way because I will only need one full flower. The other flowers will be cut up.

I just use a Baby Wipe to clean everything up and then keep going!

Stamp the other two magnolias as close together as you can. I rotated the stamp to make it fit. For the last image on the right, I only need the very center of the flower so it doesn’t matter that it is over the edge.

Stamp the “Thanks” sentiment in Memento ink onto the 1 inch strip of Very Vanilla and set aside.

I am by no means a talented artist when it comes to coloring. I am going to show you what I did. If you have your own way of coloring, please proceed using your own technique.

I used the Dark Petal Pink and the smaller end to put shadows where I thought they should go,

I then used the brush tip of the Light Petal Pink to blend out the edges of the Dark Petal Pink. I did not color the whole flower out to the edge. I left some without color because I wanted the Very Vanilla cardstock to show through.

Here is my finished flower. Color one of the flowers completely, the middle of the second flower and leave the third flower uncolored.

Don’t forget to use the Daffodil Delight to color the center of the partially colored flower.

I actually made a mistake when I was photographing the making of this card. For the flower that you are coloring the leaves on, the flower itself will be complete covered by the layer so it doesn’t need to be colored.

I used the small tip of the Dark Old Olive to color where I thought the shadow should be.

I used the brush tip of the Light Old Olive to blend the color out to the edge of each leaf.

I used the Light and Dark Soft Suede to color the stem of the one with the colored leaves.

You could use the Magnolia Memory Dies to cut the Magnolia on the Big Shot if you have one. I forgot I had the dies and fussy cut the larger image.

Next I fussy cut the completely colored flower without any leaves.

And finally I cut the partially colored flower. Now we have all the layers.

Use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue (or any other adhesive) to adhere the larger of the DSP pieces to the front of the card base. Next adhere the smaller of the DSP pieces using the flip side.

I put Dimensionals on the 2 cut out magnolia flowers.

Adhere the “Thanks” sentiment, then the full magnolia with leaves flat on the card front. Adhere the completely colored magnolia flower without leaves, then the partially colored flower. The effect is just amazing and is very simple to do!

Make a bow from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon and adhere it to the card front with a glue dot. If you need help making a bow, see my blog about tying a bow which is from 02/2019:

Here is the finished card.

I loved this effect so much I made several cards using variations of the first card.

Okay, my goal is to blog once a week, hopefully every Tuesday. Thanks for hanging in there with me! See you next time!

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 to make this card include: Stamp Set: Good Morning Magnolia (#149298); Dies: Magnolia Memory (#149578); Paper: Very Vanilla cardstock (#101650) and Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper (#149484); Ink: Memento (#132708); Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers: Light and Dark Old Olive combo pack (#144597), Light and Dark Petal Pink combo pack (#147272), Dark Daffodil Delight (#144585), and Light and Dark Soft Suede combo pack (#147273); Magnolia Lane Ribbon combo pack (#149485); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755) Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683); Clear Blocks: C (#118486) and F (#118483) and Paper Snips (#103579).