Posted in #simplestamping, 2021 January-June Stampin' Up!®Mini Catalog, balloons, beginner stamper, Congratulations, encouragement, Graduation, Guys cards, Masculine, Positive Thoughts, Simple stamping, Stamping-off technique, Vintage

Stampin’ Up!® Soar Confidently

Hello fellow crafters! I hope you are all doing well this week. Today’s card is made with Stampin’ Up!® Soar Confidently. This is a set that looks very vintage to me. Today’s card is a Simple Stamping card, perfect for the beginner stamper!

I love the simplicity of this card. This is definitely a very quick and simple card to make. I think this card with the words of encouragement would make a great Graduation wish.

Measurements

Measurements: Night Of Navy Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: 2 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches and 4 x 5 1/4 inches (not pictured); Neutrals 6 x 6 inch Designer Series Paper (DSP) in Night Of Navy: 4 x 5 1/4 inches.

Stamping

Start stamping with Night Of Navy ink and stamp the sentiment “Soar Confidently In Your Own Sky” onto the bottom of the 2 1/4 x 4 3/4 inch Whisper White CS. Next stamp the hot air balloon image above the sentiment. Note: This is a red rubber stamp which can be stamped upon a firm surface. I have a scrap paper underneath in preparation of the next step. The black paper is just to allow you to see the card piece better.

The next step is to add a few more balloons, but to use the Stamping Off Technique. This means that after applying ink to the stamp, you first stamp onto a scrap paper, then onto the card piece. This is a great way to add dimension to the images on your card.

To conclude the stamping, stamp a hot air balloon on the right-hand side of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Finish up using the Stamping Off Technique for the next 2 balloon images. This will be the inside panel of your card.

Putting the Card Together

Use your Bone Folder in order to make a crisp fold on the Night Of Navy CS card base. Begin to put the card together by adhering the inside panel onto the inside of the Night Of Navy card base.

Similarly, adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Night Of Navy 6 x 6 inch Designer Series Paper to the front of the card base.

Complete the card by first adding Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment card piece. Finish by adhering the sentiment card piece to the card front slightly to the left-hand side.

Viola! You have made a quick and simple card that would be a great masculine Graduation card or just a card with words of encouragement. Also, you could use the image and stamp a different sentiment to make a nice masculine birthday card or thank you card if you wish.

Thank you for stopping by today. I have a new plan for the New Year. On Tuesdays I will be publishing a #simplestamping post, starting a Technique blog for a Wacky Wednesday post, and will continue the Fun Fold Friday posts. I hope you will enjoy all of them!

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Have a lovely and crafty day!

Theresa

Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Avid Stamper, Christmas, flowers, Stamparatus, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers, Stamping-off technique, Winter Holiday

Stampin’ Up!® Poinsettia Petals Merry Christmas with Stamparatus Tips & Tricks

I am on day 4 of my 15-Day Christmas Card Challenge! Today I have a gorgeous poinsettia card wishing a Merry Christmas!

The Poinsettia Petals stamp set and coordinating Poinsettia Dies create the perfect poinsettia for this card. The background has a Christmas Layers Die which is in the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog. The Poinsettia Petals and Poinsettia Dies are in the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalog.

Measurements: Very Vanilla CS card base: 4 1/4 x 11 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches; Very Vanilla CS: 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches, 7/8 x 3 1/4 inches, 5 x 5 inches and 4 x 6 inches; Mossy Meadow CS: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches and 3 x 4 inches; and Real Red: 4 x 5 3/4 inches.

Warning: this blog is a little longer than usual so I can introduce some new products with some tips.

Stamp the sentiment ” Merry Christmas” in Mossy Meadow ink onto the 7/8 x 3 1/4 inch Very Vanilla CS. Set aside.

To make the background a little more interesting I stamped some small dots from the Gather Together stamp set in Real Red and in Mossy Meadow by Stamping Off first. Set aside.

To make it more simple to stamp all the pieces for the poinsettia, berries and leaves I used the Stamparatus. Tip: The Poinsettia Petals stamps are Photopolymer. In order to get a good image, it is helpful to use the Stamparatus Deluxe Foam Mat. The other option which I had used for quite awhile it to use the Stamparatus Foam Mat with a Silicone mat on top.

I placed the card stock I want to stamp on about 1 inch from the inner edge. Tip: If the stamp is too close to the inner edge it will not stamp all the way. Position the two leaves and the berries on one half of the 4 x 6 inch Very Vanilla CS. Trick: I wrapped my magnets in colorful duct tape with a little extra tab to grab onto. This makes it easier to pick the magnets up. It also prevents them from getting stuck together.

Apply Memento Black Ink to the stamps, close the panel and press firmly and evenly.

Turn the Very Vanilla CS and stamp onto the other side. As you can see, there is an area that did not get stamped on the upper right leaf. This is the beauty of the Stamparatus. Just apply more Memento ink, close the panel, press more firmly on the unstamped area, lift the panel and Viola! the problem area is fixed!

Using the second panel, position the three sizes of poinsettia on the 5 x 5 inch Very Vanilla CS. Repeat the process. Note: If you wanted to make, say 25 cards, that were all similar, this is the way to do it quickly. You just keep stamping until you have as many as you want. Can you tell I love my Stamparatus!

When I am done stamping I stamp onto a scrap paper to remove most of the ink. I then use my Simply Shammy moistened with water to clean the stamps. The Simply Shammy can be rinsed out although the ink does stain it a bit.

I used the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers to color the poinsettia, leaves and berries. The colors I used were: Light & Dark: Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Mossy Meadow and Old Olive. I used Light Mango Melody for the center of the poinsettia. For the berries I used the Bronze and Ivory. The images are cut with the Poinsettia Dies.

The leaves and petals of the poinsettia can be curved with the Bone Folder to add dimension to the card.

The last piece needed is the branch of leaves from the Christmas Layers Dies. I cut the branch into three smaller branches. Now we can put it all together.

Adhere the branches onto the stamped Very Vanilla CS card piece. Use a Stampin’ Dimensional on the center of the largest poinsettia and adhere it to the card piece. Add the berries. Since the petals of the poinsettia are not adhered, the berries slide right under the petals.

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals in the center of the two remaining poinsettias and adhere them to the first poinsettia. Adhere the leaves in place. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment “Merry Christmas”.

Adhere the Cherry Cobbler CS to the front of the Very Vanilla CS card base, then adhere the Mossy Meadow CS. Finish the card by adhering the poinsettia panel to the card front.

Add a little sparkle with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.

Of course, I think the card needs a little more Bling! Add the Cherry Cobbler rhinestones that are in the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels for a touch of sparkle in the background.

Viola! You have a gorgeous poinsettia card to wish someone a Merry Christmas!

Thanks for hanging in there today. This one was a little long. I wanted to be sure to introduce some new products and techniques with a few tips & tricks..

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I hope you give this one a try. It is a little bit of a challenge, but the end result gives a nice feeling of accomplishment. Have a great day and spend some quality time stamping soon!

Theresa

Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Christmas, Friendship, Nature, Outdoors, Simple stamping, Stamping-off technique, Winter Holiday

Stampin’ Up!® Winter Woods Simple Stamping Seasons Greetings

Welcome to December! It finally got below freezing here in Arizona. It is still very sunny during the day, but Brrrr! Today I am showing a card made only with stamps, ink and paper- aka-#simplestamping.

The Winter Woods Stampin’ Up!® stamp set is in the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog on page 61. I love this set because I can create a serene scene with the magnificent trees in this awesome stamp set. And I love the sentiment!

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: 1 5/8 x 2 1/8 inches; Shaded Spruce CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 1 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches; Soft Seafoam CS: 3 3/4 x 5 inches.

Start by stamping the group of trees in Shaded Spruce ink onto the 3 3/4 x 5 inch Soft Seafoam CS. Next stamp the large evergreen tree on the left side slightly covering the first group of trees. Tip: This is a red rubber stamp. You will get the best image by stamping on a smooth hard surface, like the top of a table.

Stamp another evergreen tree on the right-hand side, then without adding more ink, stamp under the bare trees on the left-hand side. Add some ink, stamp onto the scrap paper and then stamp onto the left-hand side slightly above the first evergreen tree. This technique is called Stamping Off and helps to give the tree line a 3D look. Stamp off a few more times to add more fullness under the bare trees on the right.

Stamp some of the smaller evergreen trees on the inside of the Whisper White CS card base in the bottom right-hand corner. Stamp off for one of the trees. Now stamp the sentiment “Thinking Of You This Season” onto the 1 5/8 x 2 1/8 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp two of the pine branches under the sentiment.

Adhere the sentiment to the 1 3/4 x 2 1/4 inch Shaded Spruce CS. Adhere the Soft Seafoam CS with the trees stamped on it to the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Shaded Spruce CS, then adhere it to the front of the Whisper White CS card base.

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment card piece to the card front.

Viola! You have a fabulous seasonal card to let someone know you are thinking of them! And all you needed was stamps, ink and paper!

However, I will show you a few other options for this card if you feel it needs a little Bling! Bling! is my thing!

You could add a few of the Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the branches.

You could also use the Rhinestone Basic Jewels to add some stars in the sky. No matter which version you send, you will be spreading some Holiday Cheer!

Thanks for stopping by today! I really appreciate all the wonderful comments! A big thank you to all of you who placed an order.

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Have a most wonderful and craft-filled Holiday Season!

Theresa

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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  • Enough card stock pieces to make 16 cards,
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The card stock pieces include:

8 packs of precut card stock of the coastal cabana pack will be provided, and 8 packs of precut cardstock of the Granny Apple Green pack, for a total of 16 cards (packs include envelopes).

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    2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ (5.7 x 8.9 cm) Whisper White Cardstock
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    8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (21.6 x 14 cm) Granny Apple Green Cardstock
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    3/4″x 4″ (1.9 x 10.2 cm) Daffodil Delight Cardstock
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Have a most wonderful and creative day!

Theresa

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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Happy #simplestamping!

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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Theresa