Posted in beginner stamper, dog, Occasions Catalog 2019, Photopolymer, Punch, Stamping-off technique, Two-step stamping

Doggone cloudy day

Well, the weather outside is menacing. It is a perfect day to stay inside and cozy, and make some cards!

The next series of 3 cards will focus on “man’s best friend”.

The Stampin’ Up! Happy Tails stamp set and Dog Builder punch can be purchased until March 31, 2019 from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. If you do purchase both as a bundle, you will save 10%. So let’s make some cards!

The first step is to open the punch. Just squeeze the punch while sliding the plastic button upward. The punch will spring open.

You can insert the paper to be punched from the top or either side.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 folded in half at 4 1/4 inches and burnished with the Bone Folder; Blueberry Bushel 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Whisper White 5 x 3 3/4 inches and 4 x 2 1/4 inches.

First we will stamp the dog in Memento ink onto the 4 x 2 1/4 inch strip. I used a D block. Stamp at the bottom of the strip so you can use the punch. Tip: Be sure to use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat, since this is a Photopolymer stamp, to get the best image.


The way to use the punch is to have it laying upside down on the table. Insert the strip of cardstock and line up the image. You can depress the punch slightly to hold the cardstock in place, then push firmly and quickly to cut the image out.

The dog house is a 2 step stamping process. The body of the house will be in Real Red and the details (the shingles and wood grain) will be in Memento ink. I used a B and a C block.

Try to get an even layer of ink on the stamp. It may not look perfectly even, but will still give a good image. Tip: Hold the stamp onto the cardstock for a few seconds to ensure the ink will transfer completely.

The second step is to ink the details of the dog house in Memento, line it up and stamp over the Real Red house. I had to do this a couple of times to get the hang of it.

Now lay the dog without adhesive in the position you desire, to help with placement of the sentiment. Stamp the sentiment in Memento ink.

Add the bone in Memento ink and the small hearts in Real Red.

There is even a little dog collar!

You can add some spots to make a Dalmatian!

For “Spot” here, you need to Stamp Off to make the spots light enough to still see the eye. To Stamp Off, get a scrap piece of paper and have it on the Stampin’ Pierce mat. Ink the spot stamp with Memento ink and stamp onto the scrap paper first, then place the stamp over the dog image and stamp down.

Choose whichever dog you like best.

Adhere the doghouse and sentiment piece to the Blueberry Bushel piece, then adhere that to the card base.

I added some Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the dog. I cut one in half to better fit behind the leg. Tip: Some folks cut all of their Dimensionals in half to make them last longer.

Peel off the backing from the Dimensionals and adhere the dog to the card. Now you have a great card to send to your best (human) friend!

The next 2 cards will also be using the Happy Tails stamp set and Dog Builder punch. I will also introduce the technique of Sponging.

Sale-a-bration is still going strong! There are plenty of new products in the Occasions Catalog, so check out my shop but selecting the “Shop Now” button at the top of the page, or the “Click Here for my Store” button on the sidebar.

Thank you for stopping by! Please leave a comment and let me know how I am doing!

Stampin’ Up Products used include: Stamp Set: Happy Tails #148682; Punch: Dog Builder #148543; Bundle: Happy Tails stamp set and Dog Builder Punch #150631; cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Blueberry Bushel #146968; Ink: Real Red #147084 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: B #117147, C #118486 and D #118485; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Stampin’ Dimensionals # 104430; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, flowers, Occasions Catalog 2019, Two-step stamping

Incredibly Proud

I just love an excuse to tell my children who live far away from me how proud I am of them. Everyone could use praise from time to time. I try to communicate with them regularly to keep our connection to each other strong.

This is the 3rd in a series of Blogs using the Stampin’ Up! Incredible Like You stamp set. I apologize in advance if the photographic quality is decreased. I am having technical difficulties with my main computer so I am using my outdated laptop.

For this card you will need a Whisper White card base measuring 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half, and a strip measuring 5 x 2 1/4 inches. You will also need a 5 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Poppy Parade.

You will also need the stamp set, Memento ink, and the Stampin’ Up! ink in Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green and Mango Melody.

Take the strip of Poppy Parade and lay it on the card base as shown to help with placement of the sentiment. The sentiment is stamped in Memento ink. Set aside.

This is a 2 step stamping process. For this particular stamp, I have found it easier to first stamp the more detailed stamp (left), then the less detailed stamp ( right) on top of it. Note: Sometimes the photopolymer stamps will get stained with use. This does not affect the quality of the stamped image as long as the stamp has been cleaned properly, i.e. with a baby wipe or the Stampin’ Scrub.

The first poppy is stamped in Mango Melody in the center of the Whisper White strip.

Now use the less detailed stamp, taking care to line the edges up. This does stamp a lighter image to give a 3-D effect.

Use the same 2 step stamping process to add the additional poppies in Poppy Parade ink.

Add the stems and the leaves in Granny Apple Green.

Tip: As you can see, I did not stamp the full image of the leaf. This is easy to fix with the Photopolymer stamps since you can see through them. Do Not re-ink the stamp. The ink is still on the part of the stamp corresponding to the missing image. You can carefully line it back up and apply a little pressure to the area that did not stamp to fix the image. I think that is so cool!

Adhere the stamped poppy strip to the Poppy Parade strip, then adhere to the card base. Now you have a very nice card to express how proud you are of someone!

The next series of 3 Blog posts with be a masculine theme using the Stampin’ Up! stamp set Geared Up Garage # 148590. So stayed tuned!

Supplies used are all Stampin’ Up! products and include: Stamp set: Incredible Like You #148708; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Poppy Parade #119793; Ink: Memento #132708, Mango Melody #147093, Poppy Parade #147050 and Granny Apple Green #147095; Clear Blocks B #117147 and D #118485; Stampin’ Piercing Mat #126199; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755. I use the Stampin’ Scrub #126200 with the Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner to clean my stamps.

Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration is going on until March 31, 2019! Get free stuff when you spend $50. Select the “shop here/ click here for my store” button on top to go to my Stampin’ Up! Web page and get all the details!

Posted in beginner stamper, flowers, Occasions Catalog 2019, Two-step stamping

Adorable poppies and cat

Hello wonderful stampers! Anakin here is sleeping snuggly in his cat bed. I believe he will be rejuvenated after his nap. I find stamping to be instrumental in rejuvenating my spirit. That’s why I love to stamp as much as I can!

Don’t worry if you are short on time. Sometimes I just stamp for 10 or 15 minutes at a time. If you follow the instructions for this adorable card, you will have it made in no time at all.

The supplies you will need for this card will be listed below. I am using the same materials and stamp set at the previous post, with the addition of another color of ink.  However, I will put the measurements for the cardstock here. The Whisper White card base is the standard 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, folded in half.  In Whisper White you will also need a 2 x 1 1/2 inch piece and a 5 x 2 1/4 inch piece.  In addition, cut a 2 1/4 x 1 1/2 inch piece of Pineapple Punch, and a 5 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Granny Apple Green.

To get started, use the “I just adore you” sentiment with Memento ink of the small Whisper White piece. Adhere the stamped piece to the Pineapple Punch rectangle.

As we did in the last post, we are going to do 2 step stamping to make the poppies. Begin by using the more detailed poppy first. This is stamped in Mango Melody.

Now use the less detailed poppy to complete the 2 step stamping of the poppy. This is also stamped in Mango Melody.

Next use the Pineapple Punch ink to stamp the more detailed poppy followed by the less detailed poppy as shown.

On the left is the completed poppies. Take care to hold onto your block or you will have something like what is shown on the right!

Remove the extra ink with a baby wipe or moist cloth.

New Technique. Next we are going to make a mask.  This will allow us to stamp the stems and leaves on without covering up the poppies. First stamp the less detailed poppy onto the non-sticky side but on the sticky end of a sticky note. You want the sticky part to be on back of the stamped image. Now you will use the Paper Snips to carefully cut out the image.

Stick the mask over one of the poppies. Stamp the stems on the poppies above the masked poppy.

Continue to stamp the stems onto the poppies, moving the mask as needed.

Use the mask as needed to stamp on the leaves. Adhere the completed poppy piece to the Granny Apple Green rectangle.

Adhere the Granny Apple Green piece to the left side of the card base.

We will lift the sentiment piece up a little using Stampin Dimensionals. These are little foam hexagons with sticky on both sides. Tip: I always put at least one in the center to prevent the elevated piece from getting flattened out.

And now you have an adorable card to share with someone you adore!

Stampin’ Up! supplies included: Stamp set: Incredible Like You #148708; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Pineapple Punch #146971 and Granny Apple Green #146990; Ink: Memento #132708, Pineapple Punch #147141, Mango Melody #147093 and Granny Apple Green #147095; Paper Snips #103579, Stampin Dimensionals #104430, and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Remember that from now until March 31, 2019 Stampin’  Up! is having their Sale-a-bration! This means that for every $50 you spend, you can choose a free item from the Sale-a-bration brochure! Select the “Shop Here” button on this page. This will take you to my store.  If you would prefer a paper copy of the catalog and brochure, private message me on my Facebook page, and I will send it to you.

Posted in flowers, Occasions Catalog 2019, Two-step stamping

Amazing Day

Hello fellow stampers! Here in the Warren District of Bisbee Arizona, I am blessed to have an amazing day start with a beautiful sunrise that I can see from my bedroom window quite often. 

 I hope you can have an amazing day as well. To get that started, here is an amazing card!

To make this amazing card you will need the following Stampin’ Up! products: the Incredible Like You stamp set, Pineapple Punch and Granny Apple Green cardstock and ink, Memento ink and Whisper White cardstock.  The Whisper White card base is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half. You also need a 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch square of Whisper White, a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch square of Granny Apple Green and a 1 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch strip of Pineapple Punch.

 In order to get the sentiment straight on the clear block, first lay it on the card and put the clear block over it. Apply light pressure to get it to stick. Apply Memento ink and put the sentiment onto the  bottom of the Whisper White square. 

The poppy is a 2 step stamp. That means you will stamp one image on top of the other to get the full image. In this case, I have found it easier to stamp the detailed image first.

I had to try this several times to get the final image to my liking.

Now you will stamp the less detailed poppy on top of the detailed image. Sometimes it takes practice to be able to get everything lined up. When you do, the image is incredible.

Next, use a sticky note to cover the sentiment. This allows you to put the stems on without getting them over the sentiment.

After adding the leaves remove the sticky note.

In order to cut the banner, you first make a cut down the center about 1/4 inch in. Cut from the left corner to the center, then from the right corner to the center as shown.

Adhere the stamped image onto the Granny Apple Green square. Now adhere the Pineapple Punch banner to the back. Apply adhesive to the whole piece, and adhere to the card base. And there you have it! An amazing card you can send to one of your amazing friends to brighten their day!

Supply specifics: Stamp set: Incredible Like You #148708; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Granny Apple Green #146990 and Pineapple Punch #146971; Ink: Memento #132708, Granny Apple Green #147095 and Pineapple Punch #147141; Clear blocks: A #118487, B #117147, D #118485 and H #118490; and  Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

 Remember until March 31, 2019 you can order $50 worth of product and get a free Sale-a-bration item from the Sale-a-bration brochure. When you buy everything on the list above, plus some Stampin’ Dimensionals which we’ll use on the next card, you can pick out 2 free Sale-a-bration items. Select the “Shop Here” button on the top right of this blog and you will be taken to my Stampin’ Up! store so you can start collecting some amazing product!