Posted in Halloween, Holiday Catalog 2019

Creepy Monster Bash and Paper Saving Tip

One of the most fun things about fall is all the silly costumes and cute monsters of Halloween! Stampin’ Up!’s Spooktacular Bash stamp set and Monster Bash Designer Series paper are full of fun images and sentiments to make just the right card for the season!

This card is so “Creepy”! I just love the bats on the Monster Bash DSP.

Here is the Spooktacular Bash stamp set. The mummy and vampire are just too cute!

Measurements: Pumpkin Pie: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base and a 2 1/2 x 1 inch strip; Black Foil: 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Monster Bash DSP: 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inch; Whisper White: 2 x 7/8 inches and 4 x 2 1/2 inches.

Set up the Whisper White pieces. Use the Memento Ink to stamp the vampire image on the left hand side, leaving space to punch a circle around the image.

Stamp the mummy image on the right hand side next to the vampire leaving space to punch a circle around the mummy. Stamp the sentiment “Creepy” on the strip of Whisper White.

The sentiment “Creepy” will go onto the Pumpkin Pie strip.

You will need 2 Stampin’ Up! circle punches, a 1 3/4 inch and a 2 inch. (Oops-after I photographed this card I realized the punch was retired. You can use the 1 1/2 inch circle punch)

Use the 1 3/4 inch circle punch to punch out the mummy and vampire. Tip: Set the punch upside down on the table, position the image to be punched, press lightly to hold the paper in place, then use the heel of your hand to push firmly and quickly.

Use the 2 inch circle punch to make the Black Foil circles to border the vampire and mummy. Paper Saving Tip: Use the 5 1/4 x 4 inch black foil card piece to make the circles to border the mummy and vampire images. Be sure to leave a 1/4 inch border near the edge of the Black Foil card piece so that the overlying DSP card piece covers the punched out spaces. Note: Sometimes the top color layer of the foil will come off when punched. That is why there is a little silver showing on the edge. One way to minimize this is to punch through the back of the foil. I realized this after I had already made my circles.

To add a little color to the vampire and mummy, I used the Stampin’ Blends in Dark Real Red, Light Petal Pink, and Light and Dark Gray Granite.

I used the Light Petal Pink to outline the face and hands of the vampire, although it is hard to see in the photo.

Add a touch of the Dark Real Red to make a tie.

Use the Dark Gray Granite to shadow one side of the mummy. Blend the Light Gray Granite with the Dark Gray Granite to extend the shadow a little.

Add Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the back of the vampire and mummy images.

Adhere the vampire and mummy to the 2 inch Black Foil circles.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Black Foil to the card base. Now adhere the 51/8 x 3 7/8 inch Monster Bash Designer Series paper over the black foil. No one would ever know there are “holes” in the Black Foil!

Make a banner end on the sentiment piece by first cutting in the center, then from one corner to the center. Repeat on other corner.

Adhere the Creepy sentiment to the strip of Pumpkin Pie.

Cut the banner end first by cutting up the center. Position the scissors to be parallel to the Creepy sentiment border to cut from the outside edge to the center on each side.

I decided the border around the sentiment was too thick so I trimmed it. I did adjust the measurements so you would not have to do this step.

Position all of the pieces on the card front to get the proper spacing.

Adhere each piece to the card front.

And there you have a really “Creepy” Halloween card! Hope you enjoy a Spooktacular Halloween! See you next week for another Halloween card!

Stampin’ Up! products used included: Stamp Set: Spooktacular Bash #150544; Paper: Pumpkin Pie #105117, Black Foil #147898, Monster Bash DSP #150447 and Whisper White #100730; Ink: Memento #132708; Punches: 2 inch circle #133782 and 1 3/4 inch circle (oops-retired, recommend using the 1 1/2 inch circle #138299; Stampin’ Blends: Light Petal Pink #146866, Light Real Red #147933, Light and dark Gray Granite combo #149537; Clear Blocks: C #118486 and D #118485; Paper Snips #103579; Adhesive: Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in Autumn, beginner stamper, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Photopolymer

Autumn Bouquet

Fall flowers are as beautiful as fall leaves. I love all the oranges and yellows! For this bouquet I threw in a little Baja Blue and Melon Mambo.

The stamp set is Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Bouquet. This one is a little treasure! The flowers are multiple, but as you can see, so are the sentiments! There is a little something for just about every occasion. Today we will be making a Thank you card.

Measurements: Whisper White 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/2 inches and 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches; Calypso Coral 5 x 3 inches.

Stampin’ Up! Ink needed: Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Balmy Blue and Daffodil Delight. You will also need: Memento ink; Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack; clear blocks: A, B, C, D and E; and adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini glue dots and Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Be sure to use the Stampin’ Pierce mat since these are Photopolymer stamps. I placed a black cardstock behind the card piece so you could see it better. Using the E block and Old Olive ink, stamp the bouquet stems slightly to the left of center on the 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White.

Use one of the larger flowers on the C block to stamp with the Calypso Coral. Tip: I usually try to use an odd number of elements as it seems to be more pleasing to the eye.

Use the D block and the lily in Daffodil Delight next.

Use the smaller full flower on the A block to stamp in Balmy Blue. Next use the flower center in Melon Mambo to stamp the center of the Calypso Coral flowers.

Continue to use the flower center in Melon Mambo to make 3 small flowers in the bouquet.

Use the Memento ink and the lily flower center to accent the lilies.

Add leaves in Old Olive to round out the bouquet and fill in any gaps.

Stamp the “Thanks a Bunch” sentiment in Old Olive on the lower right hand corner of the card front.

Adhere the floral bouquet piece to the 5 x 3 inch piece of Calypso Coral.

Adhere Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the bouquet/Calypso Coral piece. As you can see, I have cut several of my Stampin’ Dimensionals in half. I use a full Stampin’ Dimensional in the center.

Remove the protective coating on the Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhere to the card front just over the sentiment.

Use the Magnolia Lane ribbon in the combo pack to make a bow. Adhere the bow with a glue dot.

And Viola! You have a gorgeous autumn bouquet of thanks for someone special!

The Stampin’ Up 2019 Holiday Catalog is online. I would be honored if you were my customer. To choose me as your demonstrator go to my web site at: https://theresastreasures.stampinup.net. You can download a PDF of the catalog there.

Join me next week for a Halloween card. I will be using Stampin’ Up! Spooktacular bash and the Monster Mash Designer Series paper. Halloween is so much fun and the Spooktacular stamp set is great for making all kinds of cards and treats!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Beautiful Bouquet #143666; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Calypso Coral #122925; Ink: Memento #132708, Calypso Coral #147101, Daffodil Delight #147094, Balmy Blue #147105, Old Olive #147090 and Melon Mambo #147051; Clear Blocks: A #118487, B #117147, D #118485, and E #118484; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack #149485; Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430, Mini Glue Dots #103683 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in Autumn, beginner stamper, Gratitude/ Thanks, Photopolymer

Colorful Autumn Leaves

“And all at once summer collapsed into fall”- Oscar Wilde

Well, the temperature has dropped and my morning walks require a light jacket. Fall is definitely in the air! I love fall colors, especially the colors in the Stampin’ Up! color palate.

I will be using Stampin’ Up! stamp sets Gather Together and Birch.

Measurements: Very Vanilla cardstock: 11 x 4 1/4 inches scored at 5 1/2 inches and 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches; Soft Suede cardstock: 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Crushed Curry, Mango Melody and Cajun Craze 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches (one of each color).

In addition you will need: Stampin’ Up! ink in Cajun Craze, Soft Suede and Crumb cake, Clear blocks B and D, the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Pierce Mat, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Mount the larger leaf onto a D clear block and stamp the leaf in Cajun Craze onto each of the 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch colors. Tip: Use the Pierce mat since this is a Photopolymer stamp to get the best stamped image.

If you have a cutting machine, like a Big Shot, you could use the Gathered Leaves Dies to cut the leaves out. Or you can fussy cut the leaves with your Paper Snips as I did.

I usually purchase the wood block version of the large background stamps. I find it easier to use. I place the stamp image-side up on the table and apply the ink.

Carefully lay the cardstock over the stamp. Use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat and apply even pressure. This will ensure that the ink is distributed evenly to the cardstock.

Hold the cardstock steady with one hand, lift up one corner and peel off.

Use the B clear block to mount the “Season of Thanks” sentiment. Stamp in Soft Suede onto the Birch background. Note: I stamped the sentiment a little too high so that the leaf did not fit above it when it came to that step. Tip: Lay the leaves on the Birch background piece to determine where to stamp the sentiment.

Fold the Very Vanilla 11 x 4 1/4 inch piece at the 5 1/2 inch scoreline. Use the bone folder to make the fold clean and crisp.

Adhere the Soft Suede 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece to the card base. Now adhere the Birch Background piece with the sentiment to the Soft Suede.

This is the point at which I realized the sentiment was stamped a little too high for the leaf to fit over it. No worries. I just moved it until I could get it to fit as well as possible. Adhere the Crushed Curry leaf on top and the Cajun Craze leaf on the bottom.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Mango Melody leaf.

Adhere the Mango Melody leaf between the Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze leaves.

The new Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels in the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Holiday Catalog are simply gorgeous! There are 5 different colors!

Tip: Use a tool to get under the adhesive on the rhinestone and position it over the spot where you want it on the card. Use the other finger with gentle pressure to slide the rhinestone off onto the card.

Position an odd number of rhinestones in a triangle pattern to get a nice effect.

And there you have a nice autumn card with colorful falling leaves!

“Autumn leaves are falling, filling up the street; golden colors on the lawn, nature’s trick-or-treat”-Rusty Fischer.

Check back next Tuesday for a card with a nice fall floral bouquet!

The Stampin’ Up 2019 Holiday Catalog is online. I would be honored if you were my customer. To choose me as your demonstrator go to my web site at: https://theresastreasures.stampinup.net. You can download a PDF of the catalog there. There is a special on Designer Series Paper(DSP) right now, so when you visit my website look for more information. Don’t delay because the sale on DSP ends September 30, 2019!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Gather Together #150589 and Birch #149259; Cardstock: Very Vanilla #101650, Soft Suede #115318, Crushed Curry #131199, Mango Melody #146989 and Cajun Craze #119684; Ink: Cajun Craze #147085, Crumb Cake #147116 and Soft Suede #147115; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and D #118485; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Dies: Gathered Leaves #150662; Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels #150457; Paper Snips #103579; Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in Birthday, bow, Butterfly, flowers

Butterfly Birthday

Butterflies are so beautiful! Fortunately, Stampin’ Up! has many butterfly stamps.!

This card was made for a color challenge which included Balmy Blue, Highland Heather and Pear Pizzazz.

The stamped images all came from this stamp set Butterfly Wishes. There are many additional butterflies in the set which could be stamped on different cards. I love the sentiment “It was a perfect day because of you” but today I wanted to do a Birthday card.

Measurements: Cardstock: Whisper White 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base with a score at 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White: 3 7/8 x 1 7/8 inches and 2 1/4 x 3/4 inches; Balmy Blue: 5 x 3 7/8 inches, 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches and 4 x 1 inch; and Highland Heather: 5 1/2 x 4 inches and 4 x 2 inches.

Additional supplies: Butterfly Duet Punch. Ink: Memento and Pear Pizzazz; Stampin’ Blend: Light Highland Heather; Clear Blocks A, B, C, and E; 8 inches of the 5/8 inch Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon; Bone Folder; Adhesives: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Glue Dots.

Use Memento ink to stamp the sentiment “Birthday Wishes” onto the 2 1/4 x 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Use Pear Pizzazz ink to stamp the floral branch onto the 3 7/8 x 1 7/8 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Stamp the 2 different sizes of butterflies in Memento ink onto the 4 x 1 inch piece of Balmy Blue cardstock. You will need 2 of the smaller butterfly. Tip: Space the 2 small butterflies apart by a couple of inches so the punch won’t ruin one. Stamp the larger butterfly in Memento ink onto the 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch piece of the Balmy Blue cardstock.

This is the Butterfly Duet punch.

Punch out the larger butterfly and the 2 smaller butterflies. Tip: I find it easiest to place the punch upside down on the table, position the image, and then use the heel of my hand to punch firmly and quickly. After you position the image, close the punch just enough to hold it in place before you actually punch it.

Use the light Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Marker to color the flowers on the floral branch.

I decided that the sentiment was a little too long so I cut off 1/4 inch from each end.

Use the Bone Folder to make the fold on the card base nice and neat.

Adhere the 5 x 3 7/8 inch Balmy blue to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Highland Heather. Adhere the floral branch piece to the 4 x 2 inch Highland Heather.

Adhere the layers to the card base. All are adhered flat.

Adhere Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the backs of the butterflies and the “Birthday Wishes” sentiment. I cut my Dimensionals in half to fit the smaller butterflies.

Adhere the sentiment to the card front. And then adhere the butterflies.

Tie a bow with the Polka Dot Tulle. Note: This stuff sticks to itself. Stay calm and just keep adjusting the bow until you like it. If one is to far gone from messing with it, throw it away and try again. Just speaking from experience! If you need help with the bow tying watch the video on my blog at https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/theresas-treasures.com/657

And there you have a very nice Butterfly Birthday card!

I also made one with different colors. I used Crumb Cake and Terracota Tile.with the Petal Pink Stampin’ Blend.

Thank you to all of you who ordered products and attended my classes. The Summer Promotion to win the Free as A Bird Stamp set, Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper, 3/8 inch Scalloped Lace Trim, Flower Faceted Gems, Memento ink and clear block went to Amanda T.

Stampin’ Up! Products used included: Stamp Set: Butterfly Wishes #149346; Cardstock: Balmy Blue #146982, Highland Heather #146986 and Whisper White #100730; Ink: Memento #132708 and Pear Pizzazz #147104; Punch: Butterfly Duet #148523; Ribbon: 3/8 Polka Dot Tulle #146912; Stampin’ Blends: Light Highland Heather #146881; Clear Blocks: A #118487, B #117147, C #118486 and E #118484; Bone folder #102300; Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430, Glue Dots #103683 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755

Posted in beginner stamper, Birds

Mosaic Hummingbird

Hello! I hope you are having a good day. Every day is a good day when you have the time to create and stamp!

This quick card is made using Stampin’ Up!’s Memorable Mosaic stamp set and the Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Paper. I again used the Scalloped Note Cards for the card base and envelope. The Scalloped Note Cards come in 4 colors and are all set and ready to craft on. Check out the last 3 blogs to see how I used the other colors of Note Cards.

Measurements: Scalloped Note Card in Old Olive, a 5 inch strip and hummingbird from the Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) and a 4 x 2 3/4 inch Very Vanilla cardstock.

You will also need the Soft Suede Stampin’ Ink pad and the Timeless Label punch.

Use your paper snips to “fussy-cut” the hummingbird of your choice from the Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP. Isn’t this hummingbird beautiful! I just love mosaic images! And the colors are so nice!

Use the Soft Suede ink to stamp the sentiment onto the Very Vanilla cardstock. Use the Timeless Label punch to punch the sentiment out.

Cut two 5 inch strips from the Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP.

Adhere the 1/2 inch wide strip to the inside of the card on the bottom. Adhere the 1 inch wide strip to the middle of the card front.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the hummingbird and the sentiment.

Adhere the sentiment to the right side of the card front just under the patterned strip. Adhere the hummingbird to the left side of the card front as shown.

Viola! Can you believe how quick that was! You could make a set of these to have on hand for various occasions!

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!

Well, this card is the last with the Free as a Bird stamp set. The next blog will introduce a new Stampin’ Up! stamp set!

Stampin’ Up! supplies used for the card today are: Stamp Set: Memorable Mosaic #149226; Ink: Soft Suede #147115; ; Paper: Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Paper #149478, Very Vanilla Cardstock #101650 and the Scalloped Note Cards #149610; Punches: Timeless Label #149516; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Paper Snips #103579 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Birds, Stampin' Blends

More Birds!

Good morning everyone! I woke up to this beautiful sunrise! I just love the colors!

Today’s card is in one of my favorite colors, Calypso Coral, and uses Stampin’ Up!’s Free as a Bird stamp set. I also used the Memorable Mosaic stamp set for the sentiment, and the Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series paper (DSP) for the patterns. See the last 2 blogs in which I used the Free as a Bird stamp set with other colors of the Scalloped Note Cards.

Additional supplies from Stampin’ Up!: Soft Suede Stampin’ Ink Pad, Memento ink, Stampin’ Blends – Light and Dark Calypso Coral, Light Daffodil Delight, Dark Mint Macaron and Light Crumb Cake.

The two punches needed are: 2 1/4 inch circle and Timeless Label.

Measurements: Scalloped Note Cards and Envelopes in Calypso Coral, 6 x 2 3/4 inch Very Vanilla cardstock, and 5 inch strips of the Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP

Stamp the single bird in Memento ink and the sentiment in Soft Suede as shown onto the 6 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.

Gather the Stampin’ Blends together and use the Light Calypso Coral to color the birds’ belly.

Using gentle brush strokes, blend on the Dark Calypso Coral. Go over the Dark Calypso Coral with the Light Calypso Coral to blend it all together and smooth out the lines between the light and dark color.

Again using gentle brush stokes, apply the Light Crumb Cake. Use the Light Daffodil Delight for the beak and legs.

Finish with the Light Mint Macaron for the grass.

Punch out the bird and the sentiment using the respective punches.

Adhere a 5 x 1/2 inch piece of the Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP to the inside of the Scalloped Note card on the bottom so the pattern shows.

Adhere a 5 x 1 1/4 inch piece of the Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP in a different pattern onto the left side of the front of the card.

Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the bird and sentiment.

Adhere the sentiment to the bottom quarter of the card front. Adhere the bird to the top half.

And there is your simple but beautiful bird card! I just love coloring with the Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers! It is so easy to create nice looking images with little effort.

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!

My next blog will be the last in this “Bird” series. Hope to see you then!

Stampin’ Up! supplies used for the card today are: Stamp Set: Free as a Bird #149468 and Memorable Mosaic #149226; Ink: Soft Suede #147115 and Memento #132708; Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers: Calypso Coral Combo #144045, Light Daffodil Delight #144586, Light Mint Macaron #147020 and Light Crumb Cake #144582; Paper: Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Paper #149478, Very Vanilla Cardstock #101650 and the Scalloped Note Cards #149610; Punches: 2 1/4 inch circle #143720 and Timeless Label #149516; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Birds, Coloring Techniques, Friendship

Coloring a Bird Quartet

I just love the Free As A Bird stamp set by Stampin’ Up!. In addition to the single bird colored for the previous card, there is a quartet of endearing birds! More opportunity to practice coloring with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers!

I again used the Scalloped Note cards and Envelopes by Stampin’ Up! but this time chose the pink. Using the Scalloped Note Cards and Envelopes really makes card making quick and easy. Here’s how I made this card.

Measurements: In addition to the pink Scalloped Note card and envelope, you will need: 4 1/2 x 3 inch Whisper White cardstock and 5 x 1/2 inch strip of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I used Memento ink, Clear blocks B and E, and the following Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers: Light Petal Pink, Light Daffodil Delight, Light and Dark Crumb Cake, Light Soft Suede, and Light and Dark Old Olive.

First, use the Memento Ink to stamp the bird quartet. Side note and tip: Whenever you are using an alcohol marker, you must use Memento Ink or Stazon Ink and not a water-based ink like the majority of the Stampin’ Up! inks. The reason for this is that the water-based ink will smear when exposed to the ink from the alcohol marker, making the edges of the image blurry and the color leaking out of the lines.

I colored the bellies of the birds with the Light Petal Pink. I then added a bit of the Light Soft Suede to the shadows.

I blended the Light Petal Pink with the Light Soft Suede by using the Light Crumb Cake. I followed up with another layer of the Light Petal Pink.

Using the Dark Crumb cake I added a little more shadow, then went back to the Light Crumb Cake to make sure everything blended well. Tip: When adding shadow, use a very small amount of the darker color, then blend it out with a shade or two lighter until you get the effect you like.

I used the Light Petal Pink for the flowers. The leaves were done in Light and Dark Old Olive. I colored the leaves with the Light Old Olive first, then added a small amount of the Dark Old Olive where the shadows were. I used the Light Old Olive again to blend the color. I used the Light Crumb Cake for the branch.

Here is the completely colored bird quartet. Aren’t they charming?

Next I fussy cut the bird quartet. To fussy cut means to cut around the image using scissors, as compared to using a punch or a Framelit to cut around the image. I usually leave a thin white border, although others cut right up to the black line around the image.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the bird quartet.

Before adhering the bird quartet, place it where you want it so you know where to stamp the sentiment. Move the bird quartet out of the way when you stamp the sentiment so that it doesn’t interfere with putting the stamp all the way down on the paper.

Now adhere the bird quartet. I added a 1/2 inch border of DSP to the bottom of the inside of the note card so that it would enhance the scalloped edge and make the card a little more fancy.

That was the quickest and easiest card I have done yet! Fun!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies used include: Stamp Set: Free As A Bird #149468; Ink: Memento #132708; Stampin’ Blends: Light Petal Pink #146866, Light and Dark Crumb Cake Combo #144601 , Light Daffodil Delight #144586, Light Soft Suede #146874 and Light and Dark Old Olive Combo #144597; Paper: Scalloped Note cards and Envelopes #149610; Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper #149592; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and E #118484; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430, Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in Birds, Blender Pen, Coloring Techniques, Gratitude/ Thanks

Coloring Made Simple

Well, Hello!! The last month has been a whirlwind and I do apologize for being absent. As many of you know, one of my sons graduated and we went to Alaska for a great vacation! Now that I am back, it is time to get back to blogging but I must admit, it has been hard to settle down!

I thought I would try to settle down with some coloring, a great way to relax and calm yourself. Today I will show you a step by step way to color with the Stampin’ Blends, or any other alcohol marker you have, to be able to enjoy Stampin’ Up!’s Free As A Bird stamp set and make wonderful images to decorate your cards!

Here is my beautiful and fairly simple card made with the Free as a Bird stamp set by Stampin’ Up!.

One of the coolest items in the 2019-20 Stampin’ Up! Catalog is the Scalloped Note Cards and Envelopes #149610. This really makes card making quick and easy! I started with the blue note card and envelope.

Measurements: In addition to the blue Scalloped Card Base and envelope, you will need : 5 x 2 inches of the In Color 2019-2020 Designer Series Paper(DSP) in Pretty Peacock (the script design); 4 3/4 x 1 inch Pretty Peacock cardstock; 4 x 3 inch Whisper White cardstock; and 4 1/2 inches of the 5/8 inch Whisper White Flax Ribbon.

More supplies needed are: Memento ink, 2 1/4 inch circle punch, Clear blocks C and D, Stampin’ Blends (Light in Petal Pink, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Seaside Spray, Pretty Peacock and Old Olive); Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dimensionals and Paper Snips.

And of course you will need the Free As A Bird stamp set! Isn’t this just adorable? I really love the mixed font for the sentiments and the bird images are so endearing!

The first thing I decided to do was to decorate the envelope. I used the Memento ink with the two flower stamps and made a very simple design on the envelope as shown.

I then stamped the single bird in Memento ink onto the 4 x 3 inch Whisper White cardstock toward the bottom half. Leave room to be able to punch out a circle. Tip: Color first before punching or cutting. I started coloring with the Light Petal Pink to color the bird’s breast. Tip: With alcohol markers use a very light touch to avoid having the ink bleed out of the lines.

Tip: Use small brush strokes to help blend two colors. I added the Light Crumb Cake around the Petal Pink. Then I used the Petal Pink again to blend the edges a little. This takes a bit of practice as well as a little patience.

One way to practice is to stamp a line of about 10 birds onto a piece of cardstock and just color.You will learn your own tricks as you practice!

Again using a light touch with brush strokes, I added Light Seaside Spray to the birds wing, tail and head. You may need to go back and forth between the colors to get everything blended. A word to the wise: Less is more!

I used the Light Pretty Peacock to enhance the tips of the tail and wing feathers, and the “shadows”. Next I use the Daffodil Delight for the beak and feet. Isn’t he such a lovely bluebird?!

Lastly I used the Light Old Olive for the grass. Use the 2 1/4 inch circle punch to punch out the bird. Set aside.

Using the “thank you” sentiment and the Memento Ink, I stamped the sentiment under the strip of Scripty Pretty Peacock In Color DSP. Adhere the strip of DSP to the card front with Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Snail.

Adhere the strip of Pretty Peacock with Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Snail. Cut the ends of the Flax Ribbon at an angle and use Glue Dots to adhere over the strip of the Pretty Peacock.

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the colored blue bird to the front of the card.

And there you have a fairly quick and easy thank you card with some coloring using the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. If you use the prepared Scalloped Note cards and envelopes, you could make a dozen quickly and give them away as a gift! Or just have a bunch of Thank You Notes on hand for when the occasion arises!

It is so good to be back and making cards again!

Stampin’ Up Supplies used include: Stamp Set: Free as a Bird #149468; Punch: 2 1/4 inch circle #143720; Ink: Memento #132708; Stampin’ Blends: Light Petal Pink #146866, Light Crumb Cake #144582, Light Daffodil Delight #144586, Light Seaside Spray #149567, Light Pretty Peacock #149538 and Light Old Olive #144574; Paper: Scalloped Note cards and Envelopes #149610, Pretty Peacock #150880 and Whisper White #100730 Cardstock, and Pretty Peacock 2019-20 In Color 6 x 6 inch Designer Series Paper #149617; 5/8 inch Whisper White Flax Ribbon #148764; Clear Blocks C #118486 and D #118485; Glue Dots 103683, Dimensionals #104430, Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Paper Snips #103579 and Snail Adhesive #104332.

Posted in beginner stamper, Birthday, flowers, Simple stamping

Birthday Bouquet

I have a great card for you today using a beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers!

I am still limited by the recent joint replacement in my middle finger which is still healing. I cannot drive which is the worst thing. I can craft though! i just have to keep it simple.

Measurements: Whisper White 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base; Highland Heather 5 x 3 inches, and Whisper White 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches.

You will need several colors of ink for all the flowers. I used Stampin’ Up! Powder Pink, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, So Saffron, Granny Apple Green and Memento ink.

If you were looking to buy just one stamp set to get started stamping, Stampin’ Up!’s Beautiful Bouquet would be it. Not only is there a multitude of flower arrangements you can create, but there are many useful sentiments for birthday, congratulations, wedding, anniversary and thank you – all the great reasons to send a special card. It is just so wonderful to receive a handmade card from someone!

Let’s get started! The first step in creating this beautiful bouquet is to stamp the stems in Granny Apple Green ink slightly off center to the left.

I used the Highland Heather ink with one of the larger flowers. Remember that using an odd number of an image looks more appealing than an even number.

The lilies are done in So Saffron ink.

I added five of the smaller flowers in Powder Pink ink.

I used Gorgeous Grape ink for the center of the larger flowers.

The center of the lily is done in Memento ink.

I used the single leaf and Granny Apple Green ink to round out the bouquet.

Use the “Happy Birthday” sentiment in Highland Heather to stamp in the lower right hand corner of the Whisper White card base.

Adhere the bouquet onto the piece of Highland Heather, then onto the card base.

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Hope you enjoyed this Springtime card! See you again soon!

Posted in Bunny, Spring

Bunny Rabbit

Hi Everyone! Hope your Saturday is going well. I am still in a splint from my joint replacement surgery, but I am doing well.

Here is another card that my stamping friend Karen designed and I made with her before my surgery. I just love this bunny rabbit! This is a very simple card but isn’t it soooo cute!

I hope you continue to enjoy the Springtime! I will keep you posted and hope to be demonstrating a card soon!