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, beginner stamper, Birthday, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, Two-step stamping

Retiring Stamp Sets- Painted Harvest

The new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog for 2020-2021 will be mailed out on May 8, 2020. If you would like a copy, shoot me an email at theresastreasures.az@gmail.com. There are many products that will be retiring and some are now at a great discount. Check the “Last Chance Products” tab in the left hand column at my online store here.

This card started off as a Color Challenge I wanted to be in. A Color Challenge is when someone gives you one or more colors to use in a card. You can create whatever you want. The inspiration also came from wanting to use the retiring stamp sets once more.

Today I mainly used the Painted Harvest stamp set. However, the sentiment is from Piece of Cake and the bee is from Honey Bee.

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches, 4 1/4 x 3 inches, 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches and a 3 x 1/2 inch strip: Lovely Lipstick CS: 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches; and Blushing Bride CS: 4 1/4 x 3 inches.

The Painted Harvest stamp is Two Step Stamp. This means that there are two slightly different stamps that are intended to be stamped on top of one another. These are the two stamps for the sunflower. I am starting with the less detailed stamp on the left.

Stamp three of the sunflowers in a cascade down the 4 1/4 x 3 inch Whisper White CS using Blushing Bride ink.

Switch to the other more detailed stamp of the sunflower. Use Lovely Lipstick ink to stamp right on top of the Blushing Bride flowers.

Using the same detailed sunflower, stamp in Lovely Lipstick along the outside borders of the Lovely Lipstick CS. I call this Tone on Tone because you use the same color for the paper and the ink.

Use Soft Suede ink to stamp the center of the sunflowers.

The leaf is also a Two Step Stamp. I have tried stamping with the more detailed leaf or with the less detailed leaf first. For this stamp I think it is easier to line up the stamps when I start with the more detailed leaf and finish with the less detailed leaf stamp.

Stamp the sentiment “Happy Birthday” and the bee on the corresponding Whisper White CS in Memento ink.

Color the stripes on the bee with the Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Write Marker. Fussy cut the bee (or if you have the Detailed Bee Dies you can cut the bee out with the die).

Trim the sentiment “Happy Birthday” and then we will make a banner end. Make a small center cut.

Now make a cut from one corner to the top of the center cut. Repeat on the other side.

Make another banner on the other end of the sentiment strip.

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

Adhere the 4 1/4 x 3 inch Blushing Bride CS at a slant on top of the Lovely Lipstick background. Now adhere the sunflower card piece parallel to the Lovely Lipstick card piece.

Oops! I got some Soft Suede ink in the wrong place. This happens when the edge of the clear block gets inked. No worries. You can always fix this with either a sentiment over the top or Bling. I put the “Happy Birthday” right over the mistake and no one is the wiser!

Add the cute little bee and Viola! You have a wonderful Birthday card ready to go!

Thanks so much for coming by today! I wish you a great day and hope you are well and safe!

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator and I would love to help you pick out just what you need to make that special card or put together a project. This blog is intended for the beginning stamper so there are basic tips included. I hope you find some time to be creative! Let me know via email if you need help putting your order together at theresastreasures.az@gmail.com.

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Posted in Coloring Techniques, Lake/Sea/Ocean, Masking Technique, Sponging technique, Summer, Sunset, Two-step stamping

Tips for Sponging a sunset with Stampin’ Up!® Inks

Sometimes I need something new to try, so I wanted to do something a little different today. I thought I would show you how fun it is to make a sunset by using the Sponging Technique.

This card was made with a Host set called Soft Spring. I will discuss how to get a Host set below. To me this is a very serene appearing card and could be used for a variety of occasions.

Measurements: Bermuda Bay card stock (CS) card base: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Pool Party (CS): 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches and a 1/2 x 5 inch strip; Whisper White (CS): two 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

The colors of ink we will be using today are: Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay.

To prepare the scene you will need full sticky note paper punched with the 1 1/2 inch Circle Punch. Tape the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Whisper White to a sheet of scrap paper. Tape another sheet of scrap paper about 1 3/4 inches down from the top of the Whisper White card piece. This will be a mask.

To prepare the sponges, first cut the Stampin’ Up! Stamping Sponges in half.

Now cut the half in half, then the quarter in half.

I use a square punched out of the color of cardstock that I am going to use the sponge for, attached with a staple. I store my sponges in a compartmentalized crafters box.

Dab the sponge onto the Daffodil Delight ink pad. If the ink is quite wet, dab lightly. Now rub the sponge onto the scrap paper with a small circular motion. This will give you an idea of how the sponging will look and will take off any excess ink.

Sponge the ink onto the Whisper White with a small circular motion very lightly. It is best to go light at first then gradually add to the color to make it the shade you want. I wanted a medium color. You can see that it is a little blotchy. Do not worry about that. It will not be noticeable on the completed card.

Apply the sticky note circle. The area that is masked will become the sun. Using the Mango Melody ink, sponge over the Daffodil Delight until you get a darker shade. Make it a little darker near the “sun” and the “horizon”.

I apologize for the blurry photo. My phone has been acting strangely all day. You can get the idea of how the sun and sky will look once you remove the sticky note.

Now move the scrap paper that was masking the bottom of the card piece to mask the area above the horizon. Leave a wee bit of color showing under the mask so that you do not end up with a white space between the sky and the lake. Start sponging the Coastal Cabana ink onto the lower part of the card piece, using the same gentle circular motion.

Once you have covered the area in Coastal Cabana ink, you can start sponging with the Bermuda Bay. Only sponge along the outer edge of the lake.

When you have finished with the Bermuda Bay ink, remove the scrap paper mask. Place the card piece on a Stampin’ Pierce Mat since we will be using a Photopolymer stamp set.

Using Memento ink, stamp the images from the Soft Spring stamp set on the edges of the card piece.

Add images until you like the look. You could stop here if you like. This stamp set is a two step stamp which means you can stamp some more over the outline of the leaves and flowers to make them more of a silhouette.

Add the little dragonfly.

Now you can add the second step of the stamping. This will make the leaves and flowers darker and more of a silhouette.

As you may have noticed, my second stamp does not line up with the outline perfectly. I do struggle with getting the two step stamps to line up. However, I do not think this will detract from the overall look.

Adhere the second 5 1/4 x 4 inch Whisper White to the inside of the card base. Use the Bone Folder to fold the card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line.

Adhere the stamped card piece to the Pool Party CS, then to the front of the card base.

Now for the sentiment. Stamp the sentiment “Happy Day” from the Itty Bitty Birthday stamp set in Memento ink onto the 1/2 inch strip of Pool Party CS. Trim it down and make a banner end. If you need help with the banner end, please click on THIS for a “How to”. Boy my fingers are blue!

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment strip, then adhere it to your card front.

And Viola! you have learned how to sponge a sunset and make a very serene appearing card. You could use a different sentiment and make this card very versatile. Now to go wash all the ink off my fingers!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are well and staying safe. If you want to get the Soft Spring Host Set, you would need to place a $150 order. Then you can order it for $9.50. One way to place such a large order is to have your friends order with you. Then you can all get together (once the pandemic is over) and use the Soft Spring stamp set!

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Posted in Animals, Birthday, Child's Birthday, Mini Catalog 2020, Photopolymer, Two-step stamping

Bonanza Buddies Birthday

My kids are all grown and I can remember each birthday. One theme was mermaids. Another was NASCAR. Each child sure had their own idea for the birthday party. It was loads of fun! The Birthday Bonanza Suite brings back memories of a circus birthday theme one of my kids had.

This is a lighthearted card made with the Bonanza Buddies Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!. And making this card is really very simple.

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock (CS) 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches, 3 x 2 1/2 inches and 2 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches; Bermuda Bay CS 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and 5 3/8 x 1 1/2 inches; Birthday Bonanza Designer Series Paper (DSP) 5 1/4 x 4 inches and
5 3/8 x 1 1/4 inches.

You will also need a piece of the Birthday Bonanza DSP with a toucan and balloons. Let’s get started!

Tip: The Bonanza Buddies is a Photopolymer stamp set so you will need the Stampin’ Pierce Mat to get the best image. Use Bermuda Bay ink to stamp the sentiment “Happy Birthday” onto the 2 1/4 x 1 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White CS.

The lion is a Two-Step Stamp. I tried stamping the mane first, then the lion’s body first and felt that it was easier to stamp the mane first. Use Mango Melody ink to stamp the lions mane and tail. Next use the Daffodil Delight ink to stamp the lion’s body by lining up the lions face with the mane and the tail with the tail tuft.

Use the Smoky Slate ink to stamp the koala bear. Next use the Memento ink to stamp the two different faces on to the respective animals.

Fussy cut the lion and koala bear. If you do have a Big Shot you can use the Bonanza Dies to cut the animals out.

Fussy cut the toucan and balloons from the Bonanza Birthday DSP.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS on the 4 1/4 inch score line and use the Bone Folder to get a nice crisp fold. This is your card base.

Adhere the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch Bermuda Bay CS to the front of the Whisper White card base.

Adhere the 5 3/8 x 1 1/4 inch Birthday Bonanza DSP to the 5 3/8 x 1 1/2 inch Bermuda Bay CS. Now adhere the strip to the card front as shown.

Trim the sentiment banner about 1/4 inch. Make a small cut in the center of the right side in preparation of cutting a banner edge.

Make a cut from the top corner to the end of the center cut. Do the same for the bottom corner. Viola! This is the easy way to make a centered banner end.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the animals and the sentiment banner. Tip: To make the Dimensionals last longer, cut them in half.

Adhere the animals and the sentiment banner to the card front.

Viola! You are now ready to send off a cheery circus themed card to a special young one!

Thanks for joining me today for this wonderful birthday card. This set is so much fun! I will show another card I made with this stamp set at the end of the week. Please join me then.

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. Both the Metallic Twine and Sequins and the Kerchief Card Kit are already gone! There is a second release which starts on March 4th so stay tuned. 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: Bonanza Buddies #151567; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Bermuda Bay CS #131197 and Birthday Bonanza DSP #151313; Ink: Bermuda Bay #147096, Mango Melody #147093, Daffodil Delight #147094, Smoky Slate #147113 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: A #118487 and C #118486; Bone Folder #102300; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199 and Paper Snips #103579.

Posted in beginner stamper, Blender Pen, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Grunge style, Masking Technique, Photopolymer, Stamping-off technique, Two-step stamping

Tips for Learning the Masking Technique

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I will demonstrate the Masking Technique to make the leaves appear to be behind the flowers. This adds dimension to your card.

This card is one of three that is made using Stampin’ Up!’s Painted Harvest stamp set. The first card was a Birthday card which you can see on the previous blog. This second card is one to express gratitude. Let’s get started!

Side note: My joint replacement in my right middle finger is doing well but I do still have a bandage on it. Today I chose a purple bandage. Might as well make it colorful!

I also used the Sea of Textures stamp set to add some grunge to the card.

Measurements: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White card base scored at 4 1/4 inches, 5 1/4 x 4 inch Blushing Bride and 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White.

The Stampin’ Up! ink colors for this card are: Blushing Bride, Garden Green, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso. Tip: The Early Espresso dries more slowly than the other colors so take care not to smear the ink, which I have done many times!

The clear blocks needed are: B, C, D, and H.

Tip: The stamps in this set are Photopolymer so you will need the Stampin’ Pierce Mat.

I actually made a mistake when photographing this part. You do not need the Stampin’ Pierce mat for this red rubber stamp. However, it did not seem to affect the quality of the image. Ink the stamp from the Sea of Textures stamp set with Crumb Cake and Stamp Off onto a scrap paper before stamping on the 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White card piece. The idea is to create a faint frame for the flowers.

Continue around the entire border.

The flower is a Two Step Stamp. The stamp on the left is larger and less detailed than the stamp on the right. I used the larger stamp first, but you could do it either way. Try it both ways to see which is easier. Sometimes when the two layers need to be lined up, it is easier to use the more detailed stamp first as it is easier to see through the less detailed stamp.

First stamp a flower in the lower left hand corner, slightly off to the right, using the Blushing Bride ink.

Then stamp a flower in the upper left hand corner and another to the right of the flower on the bottom left hand corner. Tip: Try not to make them perfectly spaced as this does not look natural.

Now use the smaller more detailed flower stamp and stamp directly over the top of the first stamp lining up the center. It isn’t so obvious here, but the flower looks more full after the second layer is stamped on.

To stamp the center of the flower, use the Early Espresso ink and Stamp Off onto the scrap paper first.

Now to prepare for the Masking Technique. Start with three sheets of sticky note paper and stamp the image of the larger flower over the edge with the sticky on it.

Now cut around the edge. Some people cut really close to the stamped edge and others leave a little border. I left a little border.

Separate the papers so you have the three sticky note flowers.

Stick the sticky note flowers on over your stamped flowers.

Tip: Take care to line up the mask properly. Identify a recognizable part of the image to be able to place the mask over the stamped image easily.

The leaves are a Two Step Stamp also. Tip: I made a mistake when I first did this card and used the less detailed stamp on the left first. I found that it was easier to line up the second layer if the more detailed stamp on the right was used first.

Stamp the first layer of the leaves as desired around the flowers.

Go over the first layer of leaves with the second stamp.

Peel the mask off.

Oops! I had not lined my mask up properly and this left a hole in my leaves! Not to worry, there are two ways to fix this that I can think of. The first fix is to do it all over. Urgh!

The second fix is to use a Stampin’ Up! Blender Pen.