Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, beginner stamper, Christmas, Designer Series Paper, Fun/Fancy fold card, Stamping-off technique, Winter Holiday

Fun Fold Friday with Winter Woods

I love fun folds, so much so that I signed up for a Fun Fold Swap at the last Stampin’ Up! Convention. There were 12 people in the group, so I went home with 11 new Fun Folds! This card is inspired by one from a stamper who hailed from the Netherlands. One thing I am missing this year is meeting new people from around the world at the Stampin’ Up! Onstage Convention. We are having one, but it is virtual so it will be me, myself and I attending!

This Fun Fold highlights the double-sided Regals Assortment of 6 x 6 inch Designer Series Paper (DSP), in this case- Shaded Spruce. And this will give you another Christmas Card to have ready this year!

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches (this is your card base), 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches; Shaded Spruce CS: 3 3/4 x 5 inches and 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches; one sheet of the Regals 6 x 6 inch DSP in Shaded Spruce; Forever Gold Laser Cut Specialty Paper: 2 bunches of leaves.

The first step in a Fun Fold card is to cut the paper. Place the Regals Shaded Spruce 6 x 6 inch DSP on your paper trimmer to cut at 5 inches. Rotate the paper and cut at 3 3/4 inches. Tip: I could never remember which of the blades was for cutting and which was for scoring. I made 12 pt labels and stuck them on the proper blades.

With the 5 inch side on top, cut down 1 1/2 inches at the 2 1/2 inch mark.

Mark the inside end of the 1 1/2 inch cut with a black marker. This will not show once the card is put together.

Gently score between the corner and the black dot on each side. Tip: Keep your pressure light so you do not accidentally tear the DSP with the Scoring Blade.

Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold on the score lines as shown.

Now for some stamping!

Use Shaded Spruce ink to stamp the sentiment ” Thinking of you this SEASON” onto the 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp in the middle and a little toward the left side so you can punch it out. Stamping Off Technique: Stamp the evergreen tree onto your scrap paper and then stamp onto the edge of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS.

Punch the sentiment out with the Label Me Lovely Punch. Use the 2 1/4 inch Circle Punch to punch a circle from the 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch Shaded Spruce CS.

Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS with the evergreen tree stamped on it to the inside of the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch Whisper White CS card base.

Adhere the folded Shaded Spruce DSP to the 3 3/4 x 5 inch Shaded Spruce CS. Next adhere this card piece to the front of the Whisper White CS card base. Adhere the 2 1/4 inch Shaded Spruce circle to the center of the card front.

Use a small amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the stems of the leaves and adhere them to the 2 1/4 inch Shaded Spruce circle.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and adhere it to the 2 1/4 inch Shaded Spruce circle.

Now for some Bling! The Gilded Gems are so gorgeous and shiny! The facets really make the gems sparkle!

I added 3 gems in decreasing size with the Take Your Pick tool.

Viola! You have a very easy but elegant Fun Fold winter holiday card! Add one more to your Christmas card stash!

Thank you for joining me today.

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Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, flowers, Friendship, Gratitude/ Thanks, Stamping-off technique, Two-step stamping

Inspiring Iris for Appreciating Somebody Who Makes Everybody Feel Like Somebody #simplestamping

I believe you can always add some sunshine to your day by thanking somebody. Gratitude has a way of not only making the recipient feel good, but also the well-wisher. Today’s card is a super simple and beautiful card to send out a word of thanks.

The Inspiring Iris is a Two Step Stamp. I love the beautiful script font the sentiments are written in. This card is a Simple Stamping card because it uses primarily ink, stamps and paper.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch card base with a score line at 4 1/4 inches, two 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches; Gorgeous Grape CS: 2 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches; and 6 x 6 inch Designer Series Paper Assortments-Brights-Gorgeous Grape: 2 x 4 inches.

Use Memento Black ink to stamp the outline of the irises onto the 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Be sure to use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat or a catalog. Stamp the leaves in Granny Apple Green ink. Do not worry that the leaves do not exactly line up. Being offset a little is part of the design. i think this looked best when I tried lining up the top of the stems.

Stamp the body of the irises in Gorgeous Grape ink.

Stamp the sentiment “Thanks” in Gorgeous Grape ink onto the card piece with the irises. Then stamp the sentiment “You are somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody” in Gorgeous Grape ink onto one of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS.

To fancy up the inside of the card, stamp the little flowers in Gorgeous Grape ink. The two darker flowers are stamped at full strength and the lighter one is Stamped Off. The center of the flower is Stamped Off for the darker flowers, and at full strength for the lighter Stamped Off flower. The body of the leaves is stamped in Granny Apple Green without using an outline.

Adhere the 2 3/4 x 4 1/2 inch Gorgeous Grape CS to the left side of the second 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS, keeping the distance from the edge of the Whisper White equal on 3 sides, about 1/4 inch. Adhere the 2 x 4 inch Gorgeous Grape Designer Series Paper to the right side, about 1/4 inch from the right edge.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the irises. Alternatively, the iris piece can be adhered flat to the card front.

Fold the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch Whisper White CS card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line and use the Bone Folder to get a crisp fold. Adhere the iris card piece to the front of the card, then adhere the whole piece to the front of the card base.

Adhere the card piece with the sentiment to the inside of the card base.

Viola! That is all there is to making this wonderful card! You can stop here or….

You can add a little Bling! The Pearl Basic Jewels are great for this card.

I used the Take Your Pick tool to transfer 3 Pearl Basic Jewels in decreasing size to the lower left corner of the Gorgeous Grape CS.

Viola! Same wonderful card now with a little Bling! Either way, this is a nice card to send to someone to thank them for being a great person!

Thank you so much for coming by today and learning how to put together this beautiful card. Please leave a comment below letting me know what you think.

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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.

I added one color at a time, always starting with the full strength part of the image. The next colors I used are Flirty Flamingo ink and Daffodil Delight ink.

After you have all the lambs in place, add the face with Memento ink. (Confession: I had to do this card 3 times in order to get it all looking good. The first card, I had it all good, then dropped the block with the inked stamp on top of it! After that, I had a hard time lining the two images up. I waited a day and tried again. If you can’t get it lined up, take a break and try again later.)

Use the tiny flower stamp to stamp flowers in the spaces with Gorgeous Grape ink.

I wanted the sentiment to stand out a little more. I used the Sponging Technique to add a little Gorgeous Grape to the edge.

I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment and the butterfly, then Multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the stamped card piece to the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch Gorgeous Grape CS. The entire piece is then adhered to the front of the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS card base.

And of course, now some Bling! I used the Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels and transferred them to the card with the Take Your Pick tool.

Viola! Plenty of colorful little lambs and a little fluttering butterfly to say “Hi!” and spread some joy!

I hope you found this card to be fun. I sure did! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting my blog. Please leave a comment and let me know whether you like it or not.

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Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Birthday, flowers, Simple stamping, Stamping-off technique

Simple Stamping with Blossoms in Bloom Birthday Card

Believe it or not, this card is made only with stamping! The Blossoms in Bloom stamp set by Stampin’ Up! lends itself to some beautiful bouquets. And the sentiments make this set so versatile! The colors were inspired by Lorraine’s Color Challenge. The colors are so bright and cheerful!

Measurements: Calypso Coral Card Stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 11 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: two 5 1/4 x 4 inches and a 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch strip. The ink colors I used are: Mango Melody, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Bumble Bee and Magenta Madness.

For the large blooms stamp, I apply the ink with the stamp upside down on the table. I find it to be easier to see that the ink is evenly applied.

Stamp onto the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Whisper White CS using Mango Melody ink. Use the heel of your hand to apply even pressure to the center of the blooms to help the ink go onto the paper more evenly.

I added the center of the Mango Melody flowers in Calypso Coral ink. The center is Stamped Off. Next, the leaves are stamped in Granny Apple Green ink.

The five-petaled flowers are stamped in Magenta Madness ink. There are two different designs for the five-petaled flowers. I did the three in the middle with one design, and the two on the outer edges with the other design. Stamp the center of the five-petaled flowers in Bumble Bee ink. I did not Stamp Off but later thought that may look better.

I stamped the tiny five-petaled flowers in Calypso Coral ink. There are also two designs for the tiny five-petaled flowers. I just mixed them as I stamped. I tried to stick with an odd number of each of the colors of flowers. Generally, the odd number is more pleasing to the eye than an even number.

The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is stamped in Calypso Coral ink. I trimmed the strip of Whisper White CS, then cut a banner end as shown.

Adhere the stamped card piece to the front of the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Calypso Coral CS. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment.

I used the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots to add a little embellishment next to the sentiment. I find it easy to transfer the small dots with the Take Your Pick tool.

For this card I decided to stamp the inside panel as well. Start with the Mango Melody ink and the large blooms stamp. I stamped a little to the side so there would be space for writing.

I added the center for the Mango Melody flowers in Calypso Coral after Stamping Off. The leaves are in Granny Apple Green ink. The center of the Magenta Madness five-petaled flowers is stamped in Bumble Bee ink after Stamping Off.

Add the tiny five-petaled flowers in Calypso Coral ink.

Adhere the inside card piece to the inside of the Calypso Coral CS card base.

And Viola! you have a brightly colored Happy Birthday card to send to someone special! This card is sure to send some cheer!

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Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Butterfly, Grunge style, Love/Affection, Nature, Positive Thoughts, Simple stamping, Stamping-off technique

Positive Thoughts with Comfort and Hope

There are so many beautiful stamp sets in the new 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog! There is a style for everyone. I love to make cards with a grunge style. The Comfort and Hope and the Positive Thoughts stamp sets are a perfect combination for this style.

This card is designed with elements from both of the stamp sets. The colors are: Misty Moonlight, Just Jade and Cinnamon Cider. These are 3 of the new 2020-2022 In Colors. The In Colors are a set of 5 colors that are only available for 2 years. Every year, one set retires and one set debuts. The other 2 In Colors for the next 2 years are Magenta Madness and Bumble Bee.

Measurements: Cinnamon Cider Card Stock (CS): 11 x 4 1/4 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches; Very Vanilla CS: two 5 1/4 x 4 inches and one 4 x 2 inches.

Using the Cinnamon Cider ink, stamp the cross hatched image from Comfort And Hope onto both 5 1/4 x 4 inch Very Vanilla CS pieces. The image near the edge is at full strength. Without applying any more ink, stamp again just above the full strength image. On the bottom piece, stamp a third time without adding any ink. This is know as the Stamping Off Technique. I use this technique a lot when stamping in the grunge style.

On the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Very Vanilla panel for the outside of the card, add the sentiment “Hugs Prayers Love” in Cinnamon Cider ink. The little design has been Stamped Off onto the scratch paper before stamping on the card. Both of these images are in the Positive Thoughts stamp set.

The leaf branch from the Positive Thoughts stamp set is Stamped Off each time in Just Jade ink.

The roll of twine from the Positive Thoughts stamp set is stamped at full strength in the middle, then Stamped Off two times.

The large branch of leaves is Stamped Off once on scrap paper, then on to the inside panel.

Using the Misty Moonlight ink, stamp the butterfly from the Positive Thoughts stamp set once at full strength on the inside panel. Stamp three full strength images on the 4 x 2 inch Very Vanilla CS.

Fussy cut the three butterflies, or use the butterfly die on a die cutting machine. Now use the Bone Folder to curve the wings of each butterfly.

Apply one half of a Stampin’ Dimensional to the middle of the back of each butterfly.

Use your Bone Folder to fold the 11 x 4 1/4 inch Cinnamon Cider CS at the 5 1/2 inch score line. Adhere the outside panel onto the front of the card base, and then the inside panel inside.

I found it easier to space the butterflies evenly if I adhered the top butterfly near the sentiment first, then the butterfly in the bottom corner, and finally the middle butterfly.

Now for the Bling! What is grunge without some sparkle?!

I placed the Champagne Basic Rhinestones with the Take Your Pick tool.

I applied Wink of Stella to the butterflies. See how sparkly they are now! Don’t forget to add Wink of Stella to the butterfly on the inside panel.

And Viola! You have a sparkly grunge card! I really like the sentiment “Hugs Prayers Love” because it is very versatile.

I am so grateful you came by today! This card is just so fun to make! I hope you give the grunge style a try.

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Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Friendship, Grunge style, Nature, Sponging technique, Stamping-off technique

Forever Greenery in Blue- SIP Series #3

This is the third in a series of cards made with stamps, ink and paper- SIP cards. For this card, I made it a little more advanced by adding a Circle Punch, a couple of techniques, Stampin’ Dimensionals and lots of Bling!

This is still a very simple card to make if you just take it step by step, so I included lots of photos. The card looks more difficult than it is. The stamp set is Forever Fern by Stampin’ Up! and is part of the Forever Greenery Suite in the new 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. The images make it fun and easy to create elegant cards!

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 11 x 4 1/4 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches, 5 x 3 3/4 inches and 2 1/4 x 4 inches; and Misty Moonlight CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

Using the Misty Moonlight ink, stamp the sentiment from the Forever Fern stamp set onto the 2 1/4 x 4 inch Whisper White CS.

Use the 1 1/2 inch Circle Punch to punch out the sentiment. Now use the punched out piece to draw a circle on the 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White CS. This will be the focal point for stamping the leaves.

Using the Seaside Spray ink, stamp the largest bunch of leaves in the Forever Fern stamp set at 12 o’clock at full strength, and without adding any ink, stamp again at 4 o’clock. This is called Stamping Off. Using the Seaside Spray ink again, stamp the medium sized branch of leaves at full strength a 5 o’clock.

Stamp the long thin leaf branch in Misty Moonlight ink full strength at 1 o’clock and Stamped Off at 11 o’clock. Be mindful of where the end of the stem is. Ideally the end should stay within the pencil marked circle.

The berry type leaves are stamped in Pretty Peacock ink as shown.

One of the most fun stamps in the set is the splatter. There are so many possibilities with the splatter. For this card, I used the Seaside Spray ink and stamped full strength on some and Stamped Off on other images around the focal point.

I wanted to make this a little more interesting. I decided to use the Sponging Technique on both card pieces.

The Sponging Technique adds a darker edge to the card piece. I cut the Stampin’ Sponges into smaller pieces and label them with the color of ink. For more on how to prepare the Stampin’ Sponges click HERE. Using the Misty Moonlight ink, dab the sponge onto the ink pad. Gently rub the sponge on the edge of the card piece in a back and forth motion.

Do the same to sponge Misty Moonlight ink on the 5 x 3 3/4 inch card piece.

Adhere the sponged 5 x 3 3/4 inch card piece to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Misty Moonlight CS. Use an eraser to erase the circle. Adhere the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the 11 x 4 1/4 inch Whisper White CS at the 5 1/2 inch score line. Adhere the completed card piece to the front of the Whisper White card base.

The Artistry Blooms Self-Adhesive Sequins are the perfect color to add some Bling! to this card. Use the Take Your Pick tool to easily transfer the sequins to your card.

Viola! You have a great card to send off “to a friend who makes you smile”.

Thank you for coming by today and seeing how easy it is to make this elegant card. The Forever Fern stamp set is very versatile. Check out the previous two blogs to see two other cards made from this set.

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Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Friendship, Hello, Love/Affection, Nature, Simple stamping, Stamping-off technique

Forever Greenery in Blue- SIP Series #2

This is the second in the SIP series. SIP stands for stamps, ink and paper. The three cards in the series are made primarily from SIP-but with a little Bling! added at the end. The Forever Fern stamp set is part of the Forever Greenery Suite in the New 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Here are the three cards in the SIP Series. The previous blog is for the card lying down with the sentiment “Love and Laughter Forever After” on it. You can see that card by clicking HERE.

Here is today’s card. This is my “Stamp it, Cut it, and Paste It” card. This great card is really very straightforward to make. The stamping pattern of the leaves is nearly identical to SIP card #1 in the previous blog.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 11 x 4 1/4 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches and 5 x 3 3/4 inches; Misty Moonlight CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

The first step is to cut 1/4 inch off the top of the 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White CS.

Next stamp in Misty Moonlight ink the largest bunch of leaves in the Forever Fern stamp set. Before you put more ink on the stamp, stamp it in the upper right hand corner. This is a different version of the Stamping Off Technique using both the full strength and the Stamped Off image on the same card.

Using the Pretty Peacock ink, stamp once on the lower part of the card next to the first i