Posted in #simplestamping, Animals, beginner stamper, Bunny, Easter, Mini Catalog 2020, Rabbit, Sponging technique, Spring

Welcome Easter Cute Bunny

Hello and Good Day! I hope you amazing people are doing well and hanging in there with all the social distancing and self quarantine. It is really different. Easter will be very different as I will be “going” to mass online. Not the usual pretty dress, and new shirt and tie affair I am used too.

This is a cute Easter card with Springtime colors. It is very simple to make using the Welcome Easter stamp set in the Stampin’ UP! Mini Catalog.

Measurements: Card Base is Petal Pink card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score mark at 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches and 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches; Best Dressed Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 1/2 x 2 inches; 5/8 inch Organdy Striped Ribbon 7 inches and a bow.

Let’s Get Started:

I wanted the “Happy Easter” sentiment to be able to fit inside the Pretty Label punch. One thing you can do is cut the stamps so you can use a different arrangement for the sentiments. It is a little scary at first! They do fit back together on the block so you can use the original arrangement. Use the Melon Mambo ink to stamp the ‘Happy” onto the 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch Whisper White CS.

Stamp the “Easter” sentiment just under the “Happy” and slightly to the right. See how it fits nicely inside the Pretty Label Punch? Go ahead and punch the sentiment out.

Stamp the bunny and the little bee in Memento ink onto the 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. I just love this cute bunny!

Stamp the little patches of grass in Granny Apple Green ink just under the bunny. Tip: It is best to use the size of block that most closely fits the size of the stamp. You have more control and will not rock the stamp as much, thereby avoiding the halos you can get around your stamp. Sometimes you have to place the stamp on the diagonal to achieve this.

Use the Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Write Marker to color the bee. The Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Marker is used for the bunny’s ears and feet. Add a little bit of black with the Black Stampin’ Write Marker on the bee and the bunny’s nose.

Now we are going to use the Sponging Technique. To get the sponge ready, cut the Stamping Sponges in quarters, then cut each quarter in half. I attach a square of the coordinating color of cardstock with the name of the color written on it by stapling it to the top.

The Sponging Technique is an easy way to add a slight border to the card piece. Dab the ink with the sponge, then brush the edge of the card piece back and forth as you move along the edge. Tip: Start with light pressure so you only get a little ink on the card piece. You can always add more color but you can’t take it away!

This is the completed bunny piece with just a hint of Melon Mambo ink along the edge.

Use the Sponging Technique on the Pretty Label sentiment and the strip of Best Dressed DSP. On the DSP just sponge the two long sides.

We will adhere the ribbon with Glue Dots. Apply one Glue Dot to each end of the 7 inch piece of Organdy Striped Ribbon. Tip: I find it easiest to put the ribbon on top of the Glue Dot while it is still on the roll.

Adhere the ribbon to the strip of Best Dressed DSP, slightly to the left. Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold on the card base.

Adhere the DSP piece to the front of the card base, slightly to the left. Use a Glue Dot to adhere the bow to the top left of the card.

Now add some Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the bunny and the sentiment. Tip: Make your Stampin’ Dimensionals last twice as long by cutting them in half.

Adhere the bunny piece, then the sentiment piece.

Viola! You have a very sweet Easter card! I hope you are able to observe the Easter season in a way that is still meaningful to you. It may take some creativity. Stay open to new ways of doing things. I have really been enjoying meeting with my friends on Zoom. That may be a great way for you and your family to get together.

Thank you so much for joining me today. I really enjoyed making this cute card.

Today is the last day for Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration! This is your last chance to chose free product with a $50 or $100 order. There are new items on the list which include the Dual Butterfly Punch and several DSP’s. Check out my store by clicking here.

Posted in #simplestamping, beginner stamper, Birthday, Masculine, Masking Technique, Sea, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog

Masculine Sailing Home Birthday Card

Hello! I hope you all are staying well. If you are working at home during this Coronavirus Pandemic, I hope you are taking some time for fun and relaxation. Look ahead and see who has a Birthday coming up. My Brother In Law has a birthday at the beginning of April. I decided to go ahead and make his card today.

This is a really quick and simple card. I used the Stampin’ Up! Sailing Home and High Tide Stamp sets for the sea images, and the Itty Bitty Birthdays for the sentiment. Click on the title of the stamp set to go to the online store and view it.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches; Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 1/2 x 2 3/8 inches; Night of Navy: 4 1/8 x 3 3/8 inches and Seaside Spray CS: 4 x 3 1/2 inches.

The first step is to stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment in Night Of Navy ink onto the 4 x 3 1/2 inch piece of Seaside Spray CS. Stamp towards the bottom and in the center.

Cover the sentiment with sticky note tape. This is a mask. Stamp the lighthouse and the sail boat in the Night Of Navy ink.

Use the waves image stamp from the High Tide stamp set to make it appear that the sail boat is in water.

Lastly, stamp the seagulls from the High Tide stamp set onto the upper right hand corner. If you want fewer seagulls, there is a similar stamp in the Sailing Home set but there are only 3 birds.

Let dry then remove the mask. Adhere the stamped piece to the 4 1/8 x 3 3/8 inch Night of Navy CS piece.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the card piece.

Use the Bone Folder to get a nice crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch scoreline on the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White CS. Adhere the Come Sail Away DSP piece to the front of the card base, slightly to the left side.

And there you have a really nice card. But, I wanted to add a little something to give it more panache.

I tied a small piece of the Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine on the anchor from the Sail Away Trinkets and attached it to the card with a glue dot.

Viola! You have a great masculine birthday card! That was a fast one!

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you get a chance to make some birthday cards for you friends and family. Nothing says “I care about you” like a homemade card or gift!

Stampin’ Up! Products used include: Stamp Set: Sailing Home #149457, High Tide #143006 and Itty Bitty Birthdays #148618; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Night Of Navy CS #100867, Seaside Spray CS #150883 and the Come Sail Away DSP #149481; Ink: Night Of Navy #147110; Clear Blocks: C #118486, G #118489, and H #118490; Bone Folder #102300; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Glue Dots #103683; and Embellishments: Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine #149483 and Sail Away Trinkets #149482. The sticky note tape I have was purchased at a big box store but you can find it online here

Posted in beginner stamper, bow, Gratitude/ Thanks, Mini Catalog 2020, Photopolymer, Sale-A-Bration 2020, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Ornate Garden Suite for the Beginner with 10 Tips

This is a very simple and beautiful card. I like to practice an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude has been shown to have positive effects on your overall health, increasing happiness and decreasing depression. This card is fun and straight-forward to make. I did go into more detail to help anyone just starting out stamping. There are 10 tips!

Measurements: Whisper White card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches, 3 x 1 3/4 inches and 2 3/4 x 1 1/4 inches; Terracotta Tile: 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches; Gold Glimmer Paper: 5 1/4 x 3/4 inches; Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 1/4 x 2 inches; Old Olive: 3 x 1 1/2 inches. You also need the Ornate Garden Ribbon: 6 1/2 inches for the ribbon around the card and approximately 10 inches to make the bow. Tip #1: Learn how to tie the bow here.

Let’s start stamping! You will stamp the “Thanks” sentiment from the Ornate Thanks Stamp set in Terracotta Tile ink onto the 2 3/4 x 1 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White CS. I stamped a little bit towards the left and above center to allow space for the daisy. Tip #2: This is a Photopolymer stamp (one you can see through). You will need a pad of some sort. I am using the Stampin’ Pierce mat. This is used for Photopolymer stamps to get a better image. You may also use your catalog as a pad if needed.

Stamp the daisy in Memento ink onto the 3 x 1 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White CS. Tip #3: This is a red rubber stamp. You get the best image by stamping on a smooth, firm surface. Note: You can easily see the foam the red rubber rests on. The pink line on top of the foam is the red rubber.

You will need several colors of Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. I started with Light So Saffron alcohol marker (AM) to color the flower petals. Next I used the Dark Daffodil Delight AM to trace the lines in the petals, and make a little ring around the flower center. Tip #4: Practice using the alcohol markers before you do your card. It takes a very light touch to get the ink on the paper, and sometimes it bleeds too far. There is a fine tip and a brush tip. Use the fine tip for small or thin areas and the brush tip for larger areas. Some papers bleed more than others. The Stampin’ Up! Whisper White does not bleed much. It is the best that I have found.

Use the Bronze AM to color the flower center. The Light Old Olive AM is used first for the stem and the leaf.

The reason the markers are called Stampin’ Blends is because you can blend the light and dark shades to make shadows on the image. If you are really good, the image will look 3-D. Tip #5: First apply a thin layer of the Light Old Olive. Then use the fine tip of the Dark Old Olive to trace the line in the leaf and darken the base of the leaf. Finally, use the Light Old Olive to blend the light and dark shades together. Viola!

Fussy cut the daisy cutting as close to the black outline as possible. (“Fussy cut” is the term for cutting an image out with the Paper Snips.)

Tip #6: To get rid of the remaining white on the border, you can go over it with the Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker as shown.

Now it’s time to put everything together. Adhere the Ornate Garden DSP to the bottom of the Terracotta Tile piece, leaving an eighth of an inch border. Then adhere the strip of Gold Glimmer Paper. Tip #7: Try different adhesives to see what you like best. Read all about adhesives here.

Adhere the ribbon to the card front with glue dots. Apply one glue dot to each end of the ribbon. Tip #8: To get the glue dot on the ribbon it is easier to just put the ribbon on top of the glue dot as it is on the roll.

Hold the ribbon in place, flip the card and stick the glue dots down.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS at the 4 1/4 inch score line. This is the card base. Now adhere the decorated card front piece to the front of the Whisper White card base.

Adhere the “Thanks” sentiment to the Old Olive CS piece. We are going to adhere the Thanks piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals. These are little foam pieces with adhesive on both sides. They lift the paper slightly to give dimension to the card.

Tip #9: I usually cut my Stampin’ Dimensionals in half so they last longer. I also cut the part that remains after using all the dimensionals as shown. Apply the Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Thanks piece.

Adhere the Thanks piece to the card front. Now adhere the little daisy we colored and cut out next to the sentiment.

Lastly, add the bow with a glue dot. Tip #9: Apply the glue dot to the back of the bow by placing the bow on the glue dot while it is still on the roll. Gently peel it off of the roll and adhere the bow to the card.

Viola! You have a beautiful thank you card! Tip #10: Now that you have completed the card, send it to someone to let them know how much gratitude you have for them! Too often we make these beautiful cards and then we keep them in a box or something. I am guilty of doing just that, so I have challenged myself to send one card every day for 30 days. I am on day 18. It has been fun and I have gotten wonderful feedback from the folks I have sent cards to!

As always, thank you so much for joining me and reading my blog. I am very grateful to all of you for supporting me in this endeavor!

I am a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. If you see anything you would like to purchase, please visit my online store here. If you would like to contact me, follow me on Facebook here or shoot me an email at: Theresastreasures.az@gmail.com.

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Ornate Thanks #149471 and Ornate Style #152572; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Terracotta Tile CS #150884, Gold Glimmer Paper #146958, Ornate Garden DSP #152488 and Old Olive CS #100702; Ink: Terracotta Tile #150884 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: D #118485 and H #118490; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Glue Dots #103683 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack #152479.

Posted in beginner stamper, Love/Affection, Valentine

Heartfelt Love

One of the best things about making cards is that you can share a little love with someone and make their day. I find that I also get a good feeling by sharing a card with someone.

Since Valentine’s Day is coming I decided to stock up on some cards for the occasion.

Stampin’ Up!’s Heartfelt stamp set, available in the new 2020 Mini Catalog, is great for spreading some love.

I also made this version using the sentiment in the Meant to Be stamp set.

The Meant to Be stamp set is in the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock (CS) 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches for the card base and a 4 x 3 inch piece; Flirty Flamingo CS 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches; From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) 5 3/8 x 3 inches; Sparkle Glimmer Paper 4 x 3 inches; and one Flirty Flamingo Heart Doily. If you want to make both versions of the card you would need two of each piece.

In addition I used the Heart Punch Pack. This is available as a set or you can get a bundle that includes the Heartfelt stamp set and the Heart Punch Pack.

Stamp the heart sentiment from the Heartfelt stamp set in Stampin’ Up! Real Red ink and punch out with the smooth edged heart punch.

For the second card, use the sentiment from the Meant to Be stamp set and punch with the smooth edged heart punch.

Use the scalloped edge heart punch to punch a heart from the Sparkle Glimmer Paper.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the card base and make a crisp fold.

Adhere the From My Heart DSP to the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch piece of Flirty Flamingo CS. Using the Real Red 3/8 inch Double-Stitched Ribbon, measure about 1 inch past each side.

Use a Glue Dot by putting the ribbon over the Glue Dot to apply one to each end. Position the ribbon and press the edge around to the back to adhere the ribbon.

Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the heart sentiment. I cut my Stampin Dimensionals in half to make them last longer. Adhere the Stampin’ Dimensionals to the other sentiment if you are making both versions.

Peel the protective cover from the Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhere to the Sparkle Glimmer scalloped heart.

Adhere the Sparkle Glimmer scalloped heart to the Flirty Flamingo Heart Doily. Tip: I use the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. You may also use the Snail Adhesive. I prefer the Tombow because it allows you to adjust the piece for a second after you adhere the two pieces together. Also, the Tombow holds for a longer period of time.

Adhere the Heart Doilies to the left side of the From My Heart DSP.

Tie a bow with the Real Red 3/8 inch Double-Stitched Ribbon and adhere to the right side of the card with a few Glue Dots. To see how to make a bow, look for the To Make A Bow Video in this post https://theresas-treasures.com/2019/11/19/christmas-is-coming/

Use the Take Your Pick Tool to pick up a From My Heart Faceted Gem.

Apply a small dot of the Tombow or use a Glue Dot to adhere to the front of the card. Tip: If you place the embellishment in a triangle it appears more pleasing to the eye.

And Viola! you now have a couple of Valentine’s Day cards ready to send some love to someone special! I hope you enjoyed this post. Leave a comment and let me know how I am doing.

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, sequins and twine and even an embossing folder! Go to my website at https://theresastreasures.stampinup.net/ and select the Shop Now button to reach my online store. If you need any assistance please email me at theresastreasures.az@gmail.com.

Stampin’ Up! Products used included: Stamp Set: Heartfelt #151417 and Meant to Be #148626; Punch: Heart Punch Pack #151292; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Flirty Flamingo CS #141416, From My Heart Specialty DSP #151189, Sparkle Glimmer Paper #146957; Ink: Real Red #147084; Clear Block: D #118485; Bone Folder #102300; Take Your Pick #144107; Adhesives: Glue Dots #103683, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755; Embellishments: Real Red 3/8 inch Double-Stitched Ribbon #151155, From My Heart Faceted Gems #151154; and the Heart Doily #151191. You save 10% by ordering the Heartfelt Bundle #153775 which includes the Heartfelt stamp set and the Heart Punch Pack. If you would like to have it all you may order the From My Heart Suite Bundle #153931 which includes the Heartfelt stamp set, the Heart Punch Pack, From My Heart Specialty DSP, From My Heart Faceted Gems, Real Red 3/8 inch Double-Stitched Ribbon, Heart Doilies and Heart Foil Tins.

Posted in beginner stamper, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Mini Catalog 2020

Thank You Tag card

In the aftermath of Christmas, there are many thank yous to be written. The following is a slightly different type of card. I hope you like it!

This card is made using the new Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee stamp set and the free Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series paper (DSP). These products will be available on January 3, 2020 from the Mini Catalog. See more about getting the free paper at the end of the card instructions.

This stamp set is so cute!

I also used the Healing Hugs stamp set that is available in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch card base, 5 x 3 3/4 inches and 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches; Bermuda Bay cardstock 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Pineapple Punch cardstock 4 x 2 3/4 inches and 1 1/2 x 3 inches; Golden Honey Specialty DSP two of 3 3/4 x 3 inches.

Using Memento ink, stamp the small honey bee onto the 1 1/2 x 3 inch piece of Pineapple Punch cardstock. Set aside.

Using Pineapple Punch ink, stamp the rose from the Healing Hugs stamp set onto the top of the 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock.

I did not like the way the rose stamped on the first try because the detail was not as obvious as I would like. The Healing Hugs stamps are Distinctive. This means they are more like a photo. Tip: Sometimes the image looks better when the ink pad is not so wet. You can use the bone folder to temporarily move the ink to the side. The image has more detail when stamped this way. (I just flipped the paper over to re-stamp the image).

Use the Memento ink to stamp the “Thank You” sentiment just under the Pineapple Punch rose. The sentiment is from the Love What You Do stamp set in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

You will need to cut the two pieces of the Golden Honey DSP as shown.

You will be using the two pieces on the bottom.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock to the 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Apply adhesive only to the square edge of the Golden Honey DSP piece and adhere to the 5 x 3 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White so that the triangles overlap in front and make a pocket.

Adhere the stamped rose and sentiment piece to the 4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Pineapple Punch cardstock.

Slide the tag into the pocket as shown.

Fussy cut the honey bee with your Paper Snips.

Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the back of the honey bee.

Adhere the honey bee to the rose.

Make a bow with the 1/4 inch Mini Striped Ribbon in Bermuda Bay. Adhere to the card with a glue dot.

And Viola! you have a really cute thank you note. I hope you enjoy your New Year’s Eve. Stay safe! See you next year!

How to get free stuff. Stampin’ Up! has a promotion called Saleabration from January 3, 2020 until March 31, 2020. During this time, for every $50 you order, you can choose a product from the Saleabration Brochure. The free product I used today is the Golden Honey Specialty DSP. There are also stamp sets, embellishments and framelits to choose from. You may order from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog or (starting January 3, 2020) you may order from the Mini Catalog. If you would like a paper catalog, please let me know via email at theresastreasures.az@gmail.com.

Stampin’ Up! products used included: Stamp Sets: Honey Bee #151527, Healing Hugs #148223 and Love What You Do #148042; Paper: Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Bermuda Bay #131197 and Pineapple Punch #146971; Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper #152311; Ink: Memento #132708 and Pineapple Punch #147141; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Glue Dots #103683 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Ribbon: 1/4 inch Mini Striped Ribbon in Bermuda Bay #146939; Clear Blocks: A #118487 and D #118485; and Paper snips #103579.

Posted in beginner stamper, Blender Pen, Christmas, Designer Series Paper, Holiday Catalog 2019

Brightly Gleaming Stack of Presents

Hi there! It is only one more week until Christmas and I still haven’t gotten my cards in the mail! I have just now printed out our little family newsletter, so I am one step closer. In case you are also a bit behind schedule, here is a quick and simple card that looks really nice.

This card uses the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper(DSP) and the Christmas Gleaming stamp set from Stampin’ Up!.

Measurements: Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches and a 4 x 2 inch piece; Copper Foil: 3 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches, 2 5/8 x 1 5/8 inches, 2 1/8 x 1 1/8 inches and 2 x 4 inches; Brightly Gleaming DSP 3 x 2 inches, 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches and 2 x 1 inch; and Pretty Peacock 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

Using the Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Up! ink pad, stamp the small ornament onto the 4 x 2 inch piece of Very Vanilla at one end.

Before the ink is dry, use a Stampin’ Up! Blender Pen to blend some of the ink to make a shadow along the right hand side. This helps to add dimension and make the card more interesting.

Use the small ornament punch from the Brightly Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack to punch out the small ornament.

Adhere the Brightly Gleaming DSP to the corresponding Copper Foil to make the presents.

Lay the stack of presents on the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Pretty Peacock to get an idea of how to adhere them together. Remove them from the Pretty Peacock piece and adhere them together.

Measure out about 5 1/2 inches of the 1/2 inch Classic Weave Ribbon.

Use Glue Dots to adhere to the stack of presents. Tip: Put the ribbon right on the glue dot and then remove the dot from the roll.

I tried to place the “Merry Christmas” on the ribbon to show after I added the bow on top. I probably could of placed the sentiment a bit more toward the bottom of the stack of presents as the ornament ended up covering the “Christmas” portion.

Use the Bone Folder to get a crisp fold on the Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Pretty Peacock to the front of the card base.

Now adhere the stack of presents to the card front.

Punch out 2 Sprigs from the Copper Foil with the Sprig Punch.

Adhere the Copper Foil Sprigs to the top of the stack of presents.

Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the back of the small ornament.

Adhere the ornament to the stack of presents. On hindsight, I adhered the small ornament a bit too low. It would probably look better more near the top of the stack of presents. I thought I would leave room for the bow, but this probably wasn’t necessary and actually covered the sentiment on the ribbon.

Tie a bow with the 1/2 inch Classic Weave Ribbon. Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the top of the stack of presents and adhere the bow to the card front. Note: You can watch a video on how to make a bow in the post from November 19, 2019. https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/theresas-treasures.com/2715

To make the card a little more special, I added a star from the Star Designer Elements.

Use the pick on the Take Your Pick tool to transfer the star elements from the package to the card. I am using a retired pick.

And Viola! there you have your Christmas card! This one doesn’t take too long to make, so you could make several in a short time and get caught up.

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and you can go directly to my online store by selecting the “Show Now” button. I would love for you to shop with me! The products I used for this card are listed below with the item number to make shopping easier for you.

Hope you are taking time to enjoy the holidays. Crafting is a great way to enjoy the season, especially if you share your craft with others. I just love it when someone makes something special for me! See you next time!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Christmas Gleaming #150464; Clear Block: C #118486; Paper: Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP #150429, Very Vanilla #101650, Pretty Peacock #150880; Copper Foil #142020; Ink: Pretty Peacock #150083; Punch: Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack #150647 and Sprig 148012; Ribbon: 1/2 inch Classic Weave #150394; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue # 110755, Glue Dots #103683, and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Star Designer Elements #150430 and the Take Your Pick tool #144107.

Posted in beginner stamper, Christmas, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Peace this Christmas

It seems we often get caught up in the flurry of activity associated with the Holidays and forget to take time to feel the “Light and Peace” of Christmas.

This card is very easy to make and reminds us to receive the “Light and Peace” Christmas can bring to us. Making Christmas cards for others really helps me feel peaceful and by sending the cards to my loved ones, I feel I am sharing a little Light.

For this card I used the Stampin’ Up! Light and Peace stamp set.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base with a scoreline at 4 1/4 inches, 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches, and 3 x 2 inches; Night of Navy cardstock: 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches; Copper Foil: 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches; and the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

Additional supplies: Memento ink, Clear Blocks C and H, Every Day Label Punch, Paper Snips, Take Your Pick tool, Stampin’ Blends (Light Petal Pink, Light and Dark Balmy Blue and Dark Daffodil Delight), Bone Folder, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Star Designer Elements.

Place the angel and the sentiment “May this Christmas bring you Light and Peace” on the clear blocks. The angel will be stamped onto the 3 x 2 inch piece of Whisper White, and the sentiment on the 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White.

Stamp the sentiment in Memento ink onto the bottom half of the 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White. Oops! I didn’t apply even pressure so the “C” did not stamp. Not to worry.

Just flip the paper and stamp on the other side. When you punch the sentiment out it will be fine.

Now stamp the angel in Memento ink onto the 3 x 2 inch piece of Whisper White. Boy! It isn’t my day. This extra mark from the edge of the stamp is called a Halo. This can happen if you rock the stamp instead of pushing straight down and up. Also, some stamps just make a halo even if your stamping technique is good.

When I get a halo, I usually will trim off the excess rubber to decrease the chance of it happening again. Just take your paper snips and trim a small amount away.

I will try it again now. Viola! No halo!

Use the Everyday Label Punch to punch out the sentiment.

Use the Everyday Label Punch to punch a label from the 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Night of Navy.

Here are the Stampin’ Blends you will need.

I choose Dark Daffodil Delight for the hair. If you prefer brown hair, use Crumb Cake, Soft Suede or Early Espresso.

I used the Dark Petal Pink for the skin color. An alternative could be Light Crumb Cake.

I used the Dark Balmy Blue to make the shadow first.

Using a circular motion, add the Light Balmy Blue and blend the Dark Balmy Blue.

You can emphasize the shadow by applying more of the Dark Balmy Blue.

Here is the completed Angel.

Adhere the Angel to the 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch piece of Copper Foil.

Adhere the 2 labels together with the Night of Navy label slightly to the lower right behind the sentiment.

Adhere the Brightly Gleaming DSP to the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch piece Night of Navy cardstock.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White cardstock card base at the 4 1/4 inch scoreline.

Adhere the Brightly Gleaming DSP and Night of Navy card stock piece to the front of the card base. Add the Angel to the upper left-hand corner.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment piece. I cut my Dimensionals in half but always use a full Dimensional in the center.

Add the sentiment to the lower right-hand corner of the card front.

And now for some bling! These are the Star Designer Elements found in the Brightly Gleaming Suite in the 2019 Holiday Catalog. Aren’t they wonderful?!

The easiest way to transfer the stars from the package sheet to the card is to use the Take Your Pick Tool. I am using a retired Piercing Tool because I don’t have the Take Your Pick tool yet. Slide the pick under the adhesive of the star and transfer to the proper place on the card. Use your finger to slide the star off and adhere it to the card.

Usually using an odd number of elements is more pleasing to the eye. I also tend to place the elements in a triangular orientation.

And viola! You have a beautiful card to help bring “Light and Peace” to someone you love!

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. I try to keep this blog on the Beginner Stamper level. If you need any supplies from Stampin’ Up!, I would be honored and grateful if you would choose me to be your demonstrator. Just select the Shop Now button on the top of the blog and you will be taken to my Stampin’ Up! web page. On there you can select the Shop button and see the online catalog. Send me an email if you need any assistance.

Stampin’ Up! products used: Stamp Set: Light and Peace #150516; Paper: Whisper White #100730, Night of Navy #100867, Copper Foil #142020 and Brightly Gleaming DSP #150429; Ink: Memento #132708; Punch: Everyday Label #144668; Stampin’ Blends: Light Petal Pink #146866, Dark Daffodil Delight #144585 and Balmy Blue Combo #148544; Clear Blocks: C #118486 and H #118490; Embellishments: Star Designer Elements #150430; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Paper Snips, Bone Folder and Take Your Pick tool.

Posted in beginner stamper, bow, Christmas

Christmas Is Coming!

Although Thanksgiving is still a week away, I know Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye. I thought I better get started on Christmas cards. I need about 40! I am also making some cards to sell at a local church Bazaar in a few weeks.

This adorable deer makes a really cute card to wish someone a Happy Christmas.

I used two Stampin’ Up! stamp sets for this card: Dashing Deer and Birch.

Measurements: Very Vanilla cardstock: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches and 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches; Crumb Cake cardstock: 5 1/4 x 4 inches; and Cherry Cobbler cardstock 4 x 2 1/2 inches.

You will also need Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake ink, the Cherry Cobbler 3/8 inch Diagonal Stripe Ribbon and the Gold Metallic Pearls. For an adhesive I use the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

The Birch stamp is a large background stamp. It comes in a clear mount and a wood mount. Tip: I find that the wood mount for background stamps is easier to use because it seems more sturdy on the wood. You will need the Crumb Cake ink.

For a large background stamp, I flip it over and lay it on the craft table. Ink the stamp with the Crumb Cake ink.

Carefully lay the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Crumb Cake cardstock on top of the Birch stamp. Place a large clear block over the top and press down evenly.

Carefully lift the cardstock off the Birch stamp. I love the birch image as a background!

I have an old version of the Dashing Deer stamp set. Tip: If you own an old set of the clear mount for the Dashing Deer, you will need something to help it adhere to the clear block. I use a very thin layer of the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. When the glue dries, it is sticky enough to hold the stamp on the clear block. The stamp can be taken off when you are finished and stored with the glue on it. The newer version which was available in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog is very sticky so you don’t need to do this step.

Let the glue dry completely before trying to place on a clear block.

Stamp the sentiment “Happiest Christmas Wishes” in Cherry Cobbler ink onto the Birch card piece in the lower right-hand corner.

Stamp the reindeer in Soft Suede ink onto the 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. So adorable! I just love the pattern on the body of the reindeer.

Adhere the stamped reindeer card piece to the 4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base at the 4 1/4 inch score mark. Use the bone folder to get a crisp fold. Adhere the Crumb Cake Birch piece to the card front.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the piece with the stamped deer. I usually cut my Dimensionals in half so they will last longer. However, I use a full Dimensional in the center so that it won’t sink down.

Adhere the reindeer piece to the card front.

How to make a bow

Use a glue dot to adhere the bow to the card front.

Use the Take Your Pick tool to transfer several Gold Metallic Pearls to the antlers of the reindeer.

And Viola! that is all there is to making this wonderful Christmas card!

Join me next week for more step by step set instructions perfect for the beginner stamper to make another great card!

Stampin’ Up Products used include: Stamp Set: Dashing Deer #151362 and Birch #149259; Paper: Very Vanilla #101650, Crumb Cake #120953 and Cherry Cobbler #119685; Ink: Crumb Cake # 147116, Cherry Cobbler #147083 and Soft Suede #147115; Clear Blocks: C #118486, D #118485 and F #118484; Adhesive: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: Cherry Cobbler 3/8 inch Diagonal Stripe Ribbon #150439 and Gold Metallic Pearls #146282; and the Take Your Pick Tool #144107.

Posted in beginner stamper, Coloring Techniques, Gratitude/ Thanks, Sponge Dauber

Thankful for Fun Techniques

“It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people that are happy”-Unknown

Whenever I start feeling down or blue I try to remember to think of something I am thankful for. Fortunately I have 4 healthy and successful children, a loving husband and many friends who I am thankful for on a daily basis. I have been truly blessed. The card today was made to express this thankfulness.

I won this Stampin’ Up! stamp set by completing a challenge my friend put out. At first, I didn’t really think much of this set. But after creating this card, and a few more, I began to really like the images.

Measurements: Whisper White 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches, 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches and a 2 1/2 x 1/2 inch strip; Crumb Cake 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Terracotta Tile 4 x 2 1/2 inches.

I am going to share with you today a really fun technique. You will need Daffodil Delight and Cajun Craze Stampin’ Up! ink. We will be using the image with the leaves.

Stamp with the Daffodil Delight and then lay the block on the table with the stamp facing up.

Using a sponge dauber, daub it onto the Cajun Craze ink.

Daub the Cajun Craze ink onto the stamp in patches.

Now stamp the image onto the 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White card stock toward the top of the paper. Isn’t that so cool! I just love how the different colors make the leaves look!

Stamp the tree trunk in Soft Suede ink.

Stamp the pot in Terracotta Tile ink.

Use the Terracotta Tile ink to stamp the sentiment “So Thankful” onto the 2 1/2 x 1/2 inch strip of Whisper White cardstock.

Clean the leaves image well and use the Crumb Cake ink to stamp leaves all over the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Crumb Cake card stock.

Cover the whole piece of card stock with the leaves.

Use the bone folder to fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White card stock at the 4 1/4 inch scoreline.

Adhere the Crumb Cake card stock piece to the card front.

Adhere the stamped image to the 4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Terracotta Tile card stock.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the stamped image piece. I cut my Dimensionals in half so they will last longer. It still seems to elevate the piece just as if you had used a whole Dimensional.

Apply the stamped image piece to the card front, slightly to the left of center.

Cut a banner end onto both ends of the sentiment piece.

Adhere a Stampin’ Dimensional to the right hand side of the sentiment, behind the end of the “Thankful” .

Adhere the sentiment to the card front.

Now for some bling! I just love the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels in the Holiday Catalog!

I use a Piercing Tool to transfer the rhinestones from the package to the card.

I added three rhinestones to the card front.

And Viola!, you have a wonderful card to send to someone and let them know how thankful you are for them!

Thank you for reading my blog. Join me again next week for a Christmas card. Yes, it is time to start getting those cards ready! See you next time!

Stampin’ Up! products used included: Stamp Set: Beauty and Joy #150518; Clear Block: C #118486 and D #118485; Card stock Paper: Whisper White #100730, Terracotta Tile #150884 and Crumb Cake #120953; Ink: Daffodil Delight #147094, Cajun Craze #147085 and Terracotta Tile #150086; Sponge Dauber #133773; Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels #150457; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; and Paper Snips #103579.

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. I would love to help you get started stamping at home. Contact me and let me know what you need. Stamping is cheaper than therapy!!

Posted in beginner stamper, Christmas, Holiday Catalog 2019, Punch

O’ Christmas Tree

I know Halloween just barely passed, and Thanksgiving is on the way, but I am itching to start on my Christmas cards. I send out about 45 cards each year, and I make each one. I am also doing a church Bazaar on the first weekend in December and will need cards to sell there. So, let’s get started!

This is a Merry little card with a forest of Christmas trees made from the Wrapped in Plaid Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I used two Stampin’ Up! punches, the Pine Tree Punch from Holiday Catalog and the Twinkle Builder from the Annual Catalog.

The sentiment “Christmas Wishes” is from the Toile Christmas stamp set. I plan on showing you a card with the cardinal in a later post.

Measurements: Whisper White: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches and a 3 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch strip for the sentiment; Shaded Spruce: 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Wrapped in Plaid DSP: 7 different patterns in strips 6 x 2 1/4 inches; and Gold Foil: 4 x 1 inches.

Side Note: My blog posts are geared toward the Beginner Stamper. My goal is to show the Beginner Stamper how you can make beautiful cards that are fairly straight forward to put together. I will use Stamps primarily. I will also use Punches, but I do not use the Big Shot or any framelits or dies. Any comments you can give me to help accomplish the goal of keeping this post for the Beginner Stamper would be appreciated. Please let me know if the instructions are not clear enough.

Use Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Up! ink to stamp the sentiment “Christmas Wishes” onto the 3 1/4 x 1 1/2 inch strip of Whisper White cardstock.

Use your Paper Snips to fussy cut the banner.

Now punch one tree from each of the 7 different designs of Wrapped in Plaid DSP.

Use the Gold Foil in the Twinkle Builder punch to make 7 stars.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White card base at the 4 1/4 inch scoreline and use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Shaded Spruce to the front of the card base. Tip: I prefer the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue because it allows you to straighten out the piece for a few seconds after you adhere it. If you use the Snail Adhesive Tape runner, once it is stuck, it is stuck!

Adhere 2 of the trees to the upper portion of the card front with the “center line” between them. Leave enough room on top for the star.

For the next 3 trees, apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the upper portion to elevate the top of the tree slightly.

Adhere a tree in the center, then one tree to either side.

For the last 2 trees, apply 2 Stampin’ Dimensionals so that the entire tree will be slightly elevated.

Apply the last 2 trees so that they lie in between the trees in the row above them.

Adhere the Gold Foil stars flat to the card front above the top 2 trees.

Apply a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional to each of the remaining 5 Gold Foil stars and adhere above the rest of the trees.

Apply the Stampin’ Dimensionals to the sentiment “Christmas Wishes”.

Adhere the sentiment to the card front.

And Viola! You have your first Christmas card ready to go!!

Join me every week over the next few weeks for more simple Christmas card ideas! See you soon!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Toile Christmas #150469; Punches: Pine Tree #149521 and Twinkle Builder #146321; Paper: Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Shaded Spruce #146981; Designer Series Paper: Wrapped in Plaid #149596; and Gold Foil 132622; Ink: Cherry Cobbler #147083; Adhesive: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals #144108; and Paper Snips #103579.

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. I would love to help you get started on stamping at home. Contact me and let me know what you need. Stamping is cheaper than therapy!!