Posted in beginner stamper, Birthday, Designer Series Paper, Occasions Catalog 2019

Where are Mother Goose and her goslings going?

They are going to a Birthday party! Isn’t this such a sweet card? Stampin’ Up!’s Fable Friends stamp set really lends itself to cuteness! This card is surprisingly easy to make!

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored and folded at 4 1/4 inches, Balmy Blue 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper 5 1/4 x 2 inches, Whisper White 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches.

Additional products used for this card are: Stampin’ Up! Granny Apple Green ink pad, Memento ink pad, Stampin’ Write Markers in Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody, Petal Pink, Pacific Point, Balmy Blue and Crumb Cake.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set.

First stamp the “Happiest Birthday to You” sentiment in the upper left hand corner of the 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White. Tip: Use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat under your cardstock since this stamp is a Photopolymer stamp.

Now stamp the little goslings in the lower left hand corner. Tip: Since this is a red rubber stamp you get the best image when stamping on a firm surface.

Stamp Mother Goose in the lower right had corner. How adorable!

Using the Granny Apple Green ink, stamp the little tufts of grass around randomly.

The most difficult part of this card is the coloring. Use a light touch so the ink does not bleed out of the lines. Starting with the Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Write marker, color Mother Goose’s rain hat. Tip: Use the brush tip to get an even color for most areas. I only use the fine tip for very thin images like Mother Goose’s legs.

Use the Pacific Point Stampin’ Write marker to color Mother Gooses’s cape. Tip:To make the pocket visible, I colored around it using 2 layers of marker, then went over the pocket with only one layer of marker.

Use the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write marker to color the little goslings’ hat. Now use the Balmy Blue Stampin’ Write marker to color a couple of the goslings’ shirts.

Next use the Petal Pink Stampin’ Write marker for the strings on the gosling’s hat and the remaining shirt. Use the Mango Melody Stampin’ Write marker to color Mother Goose’s beak and all of the feet.

Here is the completely colored card piece.

Adhere the Gingham Gala Designer Series paper to the middle of the Balmy Blue card piece. Then adhere the piece to the Whisper White card front.

Apply the Stampin Dimensionals to the back of the Mother Goose card piece.

Peel off the back of the Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhere the Mother Goose card piece to the card front.

Stampin’ Up’s Sale-a-bration is only for another week! Place your order and get your free products now! If you scroll through the previous blogs you will see 3 card examples for each stamp set I used. Each has a complete list of the products I used along with the catalog item number. So make you wish list, select the Shop button on the top of this page and go to my store to place your order as soon as possible. There is a Sale-a-bration tab on the left of the Stampin’ Up! online catalog that will show you the free products available when your order reaches $50.

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Fable Friends #148670 and Picture Perfect Birthday #145519; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Balmy Blue #146982; Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper #148554; Ink: Granny Apple Green #147095 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: B #117147, D #118485 and E #118484; Stampin’ Write Markers: Pineapple Punch in the 2018-20 In Color set #147159, Pacific Point and Mango Melody in the Brights Stampin’ Write Markers #147157, and Balmy Blue and Petal Pink in the Subtles Stampin’ Write Markers #147156; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in Baby, beginner stamper, Bunny, Occasions Catalog 2019, Rabbit

Sweet Baby Bunny

I just love Springtime with all the baby animals I see out in the desert! I used to have a pet bunny, a miniature Lion Head named Snowball. Yes, I know, not a very creative name, but it fit. Snowball loved to lay on his back on my lap. He would actually fall asleep that way! And as you can see I am also a fan of Thumper!

Today’s card showcases the cute bunny in Stampin’ Up!’s Fable Friends stamp set. It is very fitting for a baby card.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored and folded at 4 1/4 inches, Balmy Blue 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches, Gingham Gala Designer Series paper 5 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches, Whisper White 3 1/2 x 2 inches and a strip that is 5/8 inches wide. You also need 1/2 of a Pearlized Doily.

You will need Stampin’ Up!’s Balmy Blue ink, Memento ink and Stampin’ blends in Light Crumb Cake, Dark Crumb Cake, Light Balmy Blue and Light Petal Pink. You will also need the Stampin’ Write Pineapple Punch marker (not shown),

Lastly, you will need a package of Stampin’ Up!’s Pearl Basic Jewels.

The first step is to stamp the “Sweet Baby” sentiment on the 5/8 inch strip of Whisper White using the Balmy Blue ink. Cut to about 2 1/4 inches long.

To cut the banner end, first make a cut in at the center. Next cut from either corner to the center. Viola! You have a nice, even banner edge! Set this aside.

Use the Memento ink to stamp the bunny image on the 3 1/2 x 2 inch piece of Whisper White.

Starting off with the Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend, color the face, paws and body with one layer of marker. On another bunny, I had gone over the marker a second time and it made the face too dark.

Use the Dark Crumb Cake to add a little shading.

Now use the Light Crumb Cake to blend the Dark Crumb Cake. The shadow on the side of the face and on the belly under the shirt is just a second layer of the Light Crumb Cake.

Color the little jacket with Light Balmy Blue.

Add a second layer of the Light Balmy Blue to create the shadows.

Color the inside of the ears with the Light Petal Pink.

I used the Stampin’ Write Marker in Pineapple Punch for the buttons. Isn’t this little bunny so adorable?

Adhere the bunny card piece to the 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 piece of Balmy Blue.

Now adhere the Gingham Gala Designer series paper to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Balmy Blue. Adhere this piece to the Whisper White card base.

Adhere one half of the Pearlized Doily to the back of the bunny card piece.

Use the Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the bunny and doily card piece.

Adhere the bunny piece to the card front.

Add some Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and adhere it to the card front as shown.

I wanted to make this card a little more special so I added a large pearl next to the sentiment and 2 little pearls on the doily. The easiest way to adhere the pearls is by using the Paper Piercing Tool to transfer them.

You can also use other colors to make baby cards in green, yellow or pink, depending on the situation. It is nice to have stash so you are ready when a baby card is needed!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Fable Friends #148670; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Balmy Blue #146982; Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper #148554 Ink: Balmy Blue #147105 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and D #118485; Stampin’ Blends: Light and Dark Crumb Cake combo #144601, Light Balmy Blue #148540 and Light Petal Pink #146866; Stampin’ Write Markers: Pineapple Punch in the 2018-20 In Color set #147159; Pearl Basic Jewels #144219; Paper Piercing Tool #126189; Pearlized Doilies #146936; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in Aqua Painters, beginner stamper, Spring, Squirrel, Watercolor wash background

Springtime Squirrel

Hello! I am back after having a wonderful family visit. I am so grateful to have family to enjoy time with!

I also had a joint replacement in my right middle finger on Monday, compliments of osteoarthritis. This has slowed me down a bit, but I wanted to share these next 3 cards with you as soon as I could, and the first day of Spring is the perfect time for this card!

This little squirrel is just so cute! I will also show you how to get this fun watercolor background!

The stamp set I will use for the next 3 cards will be Stampin’ Up!’s Fable Friends. This is available in the 2019 Occasions catalog. Isn’t it so cute!

Measurements: Shimmery White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored and folded at 4 1/4 inches, Granny Apple Green 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches, Shimmery White 5 x 3 3/4 inches and 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches. Note: I am using the Shimmery White because it holds up to watercolor a little better than the Whisper White. You can use Whisper White if that is what you have.

You will also need Stampin’ Blends Light and Dark Crumb Cake, and Stampin’ Write Markers in Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch and Pacific Point, and a package of Glitter Enamel Dots.

We will be using Stampin’ Up! Granny Apple Green ink, Memento ink and an Aqua Painter.

There are 2 Aqua Painters in a package. For the watercolor wash we will use the larger tip.

The first step is to squeeze the Aqua Painter onto a paper towel to get the water flowing. Then brush the water onto the Shimmery White 5 x 3 3/4 inch paper. The paper may curl up a little. Just push it down flat again.

Now firmly squeeze the back of the Granny Apple ink pad to get the ink onto the inside of the lid.

Put a drop of water onto the lid near the ink and swirl the Aqua Painter in the puddle until there is ink on the Aqua Painter. Apply to the bottom of the paper moving back and forth, and work your way up so you get an ombre effect. When applying more ink, always start at the bottom and work upwards.

Clean the Aqua Painter by squeezing water out onto the paper towel until it is clear again.

Let the watercolor wash dry completely. I just set it in the sun on the window sill. If it is still curled, put it under something heavy to press it straight when it is still a little damp. Using Memento ink, stamp the sentiment ” Happy Spring” in the bottom right hand corner. Oops! I had forgotten to stamp the sentiment on when I first made the card, so the next 2 frames will have the sentiment missing. Oops!

Adhere the watercolor wash panel to the Granny Apple Green 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece, then adhere the two to the card base. Set aside.

Use the Memento ink with the squirrel stamp to stamp onto the 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 piece of Shimmery White.

Use the Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers to color the squirrel. Start with the Light Crumb cake. Try to just put one layer on the face. If you go over it too many times it gets too dark.

Add the Dark Crumb Cake to areas you want shaded. Go over the Dark Crumb Cake with the Light Crumb Cake to blend the edges.

Use the Stampin’ Write water based marker in Mango Melody for the center of the daisy.

Use the Stampin’ Write Pineapple Punch to add a little color to the petals.

The Stampin’ Write Granny Apple Green marker is for the leaf and stem. Tip: I generally use the brush tip except when the area to be colored is very small, like the stem. In this case I use the fine tip.

I used the Pacific Point Stampin’ Write marker for the little sailor jacket. Isn’t he so adorable?

Adhere the finished squirrel to the 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch square of Granny Apple Green.

Apply the Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the squirrel card piece and adhere to the card front as shown.

Using the Paper-Piercing Tool, remove the Glitter Enamel dot in Granny Apple Green from the sheet and place on the upper right hand corner of the card front. Add one more dot to each side to create a corner.

So the same in the lower left hand corner of the card front. I just love how sparkly these dots are!

And now you have made a wonderfully cute card to help welcome Spring! Have a very Happy Spring!

Sale-a-bration is only for another week and a half! Time sure does fly! Remember that you may choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration brochure for every $50 you purchase! Select the Shop button at the top to go to my store for more details. Contact me if you are having any trouble with ordering.

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Fable Friends #148670; Cardstock: Shimmery White #101910 and Granny Apple Green #146990 ; Ink: Granny Apple Green #147095 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and D #118485; Stampin’ Blends: Light and Dark Crumb Cake combo #144601; Stampin’ Write Markers: Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green and Pacific Point in the Brights Set #147157 and Pineapple Punch in the 2018-20 In Color set #147159; Aqua Painter #103954; Glitter Enamel Dots #146934; Paper Piercing Tool #126189; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

 

Posted in beginner stamper, Horse, Occasions Catalog 2019, Sunset

Relax and Let It Ride

Here is my little town of Bisbee Arizona in the early morning before the sunrise. I love to see each sunrise because they are all different. Today’s card looks more like a sunset, but the beauty is still the same.

I would love to be able to ride a horse out into the sunset, but I will have to make due with this card. This card was inspired by one from Jennifer Michael.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored and folded at 4 1/4 inches, Calypso Coral 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Basic Black 5 x 3 3/4 inches and So Saffron 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches.

You will use Stampin’ Up!’s Calypso Coral ink and Memento ink.

Put the So Saffron card piece on a scrap piece of paper. We are going to drag the ink pad across the paper. With mild pressure put the ink pad down on the scrap paper and drag it across the So Saffron several times.

Go across until you like the “sunset”. I was hoping mine would be a little more streaky, but I think the pad may have been too dry.

Keeping the card piece on the scrap paper, use the Memento ink to stamp the pair of horses slightly off to the right.

Add another horse slightly forward in relation to the first pair.

Stamp the third pair of horses to the left of the first pair and slightly forward.

Continue to stamp with the Memento ink and add some trees slightly off center to the right.

Add some more trees to the right and forward in relation to the first set of trees. Now add some on the left side. Isn’t it fun to build the scene!

Stamp the sentiment “Let It Ride” in the upper left hand corner.

Adhere the completed sunset scene to the Basic Black, then to the Calypso Coral.

Now adhere the entire piece to the Whisper White card base. This so beautiful!

Stampin’ Up!’s best sale of the year, Sale-a-bration, is only happening for a few more weeks! After March 31st you will no longer get an awesome free product with every $50 order. Many of the products in the 2019 Occasions Catalog, as well as several of the free products, have been sold out! So get your order in today so you can get everything you want before it sells out!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp set: Let It Ride #148765; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, So Saffron #105118, Calypso Coral #122925 and Basic Black #100082; Ink: Calypso Coral #147101 and Memento #132708; and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in Aqua Painters, beginner stamper, Horse, Occasions Catalog 2019

Runaway Horse

This next card was inspired by one I found on Pinterest by Jane Allmark. Thank you Jane!

I just love this horse! He/She just looks like they are running away from it all, onto something new and better. Such a good feeling!

This card is also made from Stampin’ Up!’s Let It Ride stamp set.

Measurements: Whisper White 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base folded at 4 1/4 inches, Wood Texture Designer Series Paper (DSP) 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Whisper White 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches, and Wood Textures DSP 2 1/4 x 1 inches.

Additional products needed include: Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake ink, Memento ink, Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker in Light Old Olive and an Aqua Painter.

The first step is to apply ink to the horse stamp. For larger stamps, I find it easier to lay the stamp on the table and put the ink onto the stamp. Use Memento ink whenever you want to watercolor or use the alcohol markers.

The first stamp of the horse will be on the right side. Without inking the horse again we are going to stamp to the left.

With each successive stamp, the image will get lighter and lighter. This gives the illusion of movement.

Here is the final image.

Again using the Memento ink, stamp the sentiment “Live as if someone left the gate open” onto the small strip of Wood Textures DSP. I wanted this to look like a wooden sign.

This step is easier with the older Stampin’ Up! ink pads than it is with the new ink pads. Squeeze the ink pad so that ink gets on the inside cover. If you have a new ink pad that is too stiff, apply a drop of the Crumb Cake re-inker to the inside lid. Prime the Aqua Painter with a gentle squeeze to start the flow of water onto the brush tip.

Squeeze a little bit of water next the ink and use the brush to add a little ink. You want it to be very light for the last horse. Apply the ink and water to the horse but do not rub it too much or the paper will “pill”.

When you are finished with the last horse, add some more ink to make it a shade darker for the next horse.

Continue to add a shade more ink to the water with each horse until you have a pretty dark color for the first horse.

Continue to apply the darker color until the horse looks the way you like it. Clean the Aqua Painter by squeezing out some water onto a clean cloth.

Use the Light Old Olive Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker for the grass.

Adhere the completed stamped horse card piece to the Wood Textures DSP. Now adhere that piece to the Whisper White card base.

Use the Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment and adhere to the lower left hand corner of the card front.

And now you can run away with this great card!

Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration is continuing until March 31, 2019. During this time you can select a free product from the Sale-a-bration brochure for every $50 you purchase out of either the Stampin’ Up! Annual or 2019 Occasions catalog.

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp set: Let It Ride #148765; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730; Designer Series Paper: Wood Textures #144177; Ink: Memento #132708; Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers: Light Old Olive #144574; Aqua Painter #103954; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Designer Series Paper, encouragement, Horse, Occasions Catalog 2019, Sponging technique

Running Free

Ever felt like just running away from it all? This horse looks like he is running free, which I know we all dream of occasionally. Stamping offers me a chance to escape and relax. In addition, “taking life by the reins” is also invigorating advice. This next series of 3 cards are going to be with an artfully beautiful stamp set. There will also be several different water coloring techniques demonstrated.

This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest, but there was not any name associated with it. I like to look on Pinterest to get new ideas from time to time, especially if I feel a little creative block coming on.

Here is the beautiful and artistic, as well as graceful, stamp set called Let It Ride by Stampin’ Up!. The images and the sentiments go so well together.

The other awesome product I want to bring to your attention is this Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper stack. The 5 colors are just right for Spring and each comes in a large and small gingham pattern.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches, Balmy Blue 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Gingham Gala in Balmy Blue 5 x 3 3/4 inches, and Whisper White 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches.

You will also need Stampin’ Up! ink in Pear Pizzazz and Balmy Blue, Memento ink, and Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers in Light Basic Black, Light Crumb Cake and Dark Crumb Cake.

The following is a short video demonstrating how I use the Sponging Technique to create the background for this card. Enjoy watching!

I hope that video was helpful.

For a larger stamp, I like to ink it upside down. Using the Memento ink, apply the ink to the stamp while the stamp is laying on the table.

Take care to put the stamp straight down and lift straight up. Keep the stamp on the cardstock for a few seconds to allow time for the ink to transfer. That way you get a nice crisp image.

Use the Pear Pizzazz to stamp some trees on the horizon.

Continue to add trees until you like the horizon.

Now I am sure you noticed that we have a “horse of a different color”! We are going to change that with the Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers in Light and Dark Crumb Cake.

We will start with the Light Crumb Cake. Color the entire horse using the brush tip.

I used the Dark Crumb Cake to trace the hair of the mane and tail with the brush tip.

Continuing with the Dark Crumb Cake brush tip, shade in some areas to add dimension.

Use the Light Crumb Cake to blend in the darker areas with the lighter areas.

Use the light Basic Black Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker for the hooves.

Adhere the Balmy Blue Gingham Gala Designer Series paper to the Balmy Blue card piece.

Next, adhere the stamped horse card piece.

Adhere the entire piece to the Whisper White card base.

Viola! You have a great card to send to someone to encourage them and help them keep moving forward!

You will find this wonderful stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! 2109 Occasions Catalog which you can view by selecting the shop button above. During Sale-a-bration you may choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration Brochure for every $50 you order. What a great deal! But don’t delay because some of the free products have already sold out!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp set: Let It Ride #148765; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Balmy Blue #146982; Designer Series Paper: Gingham Gala #148554; Ink: Memento #132708, Balmy Blue #147105 and Pear Pizzazz #147104; Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers: Light and Dark Crumb Cake combo #144601 and Light Basic Black #147940; Stamping Sponges #141337 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Cat, Designer Series Paper, Occasions Catalog 2019, Photopolymer, Punch

Cats will be Cats

My cats rarely misbehave, but when they do it is usually because they are upset about something. I have never had them unroll a ball of yarn, usually it is the roll of toilet paper!

Isn’t this card adorable? I got the inspiration from a stamping friend, Heather, who did a similar card with a Valentine’s theme.

As I sit here typing this Blog into my computer, my cat Anakin is sitting on my lap. Whenever I sit down at the computer he shows up to get some lovin’.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches, Floral Romance DSP (just the other side from the previous card) 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Whisper White 5 x 2 inches and 4 x 2 1/4 inches. You will also need about 36 inches of Stampin’ Up! Silver and Petal Pink Bakers Twine.

Ink: Petal Pink, Cajun Craze and Memento

Use the Cajun Craze ink to stamp the outline of the cat onto the 4 x 2 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White.

Using the Cajun Craze ink again, stamp the spots onto the cat taking care to line up the edges before stamping down.

Insert the stamped cat into the Cat Builder Punch. Line up the edges and apply a light pressure to hold in place. With the punch on the table, push quickly and firmly to punch out the cat. Set aside.

Use the Memento ink to stamp the sentiment “You’re the cats meow!” onto the Floral Romance DSP. Stamp on the upper left hand corner of the DSP.

The Silver Petal Pink Baker’s Twine is composed of 3 strands. We only need the Petal Pink strand.

Pull on the Petal Pink strand until it is separated from the white and silver strands. Set aside.

Lay the cat onto the 5 x 2 inch piece of Whisper White so he is half way on the cardstock. This is to help with placement of the ball of yarn. This is a Two-step stamp. I found it is easiest to stamp the outline of the ball of yarn first. Stamp the ball of yarn onto the bottom right.

Now stamp the solid ball of yarn. This can be somewhat difficult to do. You may have to try more than once to get it lined up properly. If you are having a hard time, try practicing on a scrap piece of paper first.

Place a glue dot with the Paper Piercing Tool at the end of the string on the stamped ball of yarn.

Adhere the Petal Pink twine to the glue dot and apply mild pressure to start to wrap the twine around the cardstock.

Wrap the twine until you reach the top of the cardstock. If you have it too tight the cardstock will bow.

Place a glue dot on the back and adhere the end of the twine to it. Cut off any excess twine.

Adhere the stamped Floral Romance DSP onto the Whisper White card base.

Place Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the piece with the twine wrapped around it.

Peel off the protective covers and adhere to the right side of the card front.

Hold the cat in the position you desire. We are going to put glue on the half that is on the piece with the wrapped twine, and Stampin’ Dimensionals on the half that is on the Floral Romance DSP.

Apply the Stampin’ Dimensionals and the Multipurpose Liquid Glue and adhere to the card front.

And there you have an adorable card to let someone know they are “The cats meow!”

Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration is only until March 31, 2019. For every $50 you order, you may choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration brochure. Not sure where to start? There is a monthly subscription called Paper Pumpkin. Each month you receive everything you need to make a project. This is a perfect way to start stamping. The first kit includes a clear block. Thereafter you will get an ink spot and stamp set each month, along with the supplies needed to complete the project. The kit for March will make 8 Birthday cards and includes an extra free stamp set! You must subscribe before March 10, 2019. See my store for more details. If you order a 3 month subscription to try it out, you will be able to choose a free product!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Nine Lives # 148703; Punch: Cat Builder #144666; Card stock: Whisper White #100730; Designer Series Paper: Floral Romance #148586; Ink: Memento #132708, Cajun Craze #147085 and Petal Pink #147108; Silver and Petal Pink Baker’s Twine #146288; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and D #118485; Mini Glue Dots #103683; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755; Paper Piercing Tool #126189; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199.

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

Love My Cat

I just love cats! I have had a cat, although not the same cat, since I was in the 9th grade. All of my cats have been very loving and compassionate, helping me through the tough times and celebrating with me during the happy times. This card is a celebration of the love I feel for my little furry friends.

This card is the 2nd in a series of 3 cards I am making using Stampin’ Up!’s Nine Lives stamp set, the Cat Builder Punch and the Floral Romance Designer Series Paper (DSP).

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches, Pear Pizzazz 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Floral Romance DSP 5 x 2 inches, Whisper White 4 x 2 1/4 inches and 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches.

You will also need Stampin’ Up!’s Soft Suede ink, Melon Mambo ink and Memento ink.

Use the Soft Suede ink to stamp the outline of the cat onto the 4 x 2 1/4 inch strip of Whisper White. Stamp towards the bottom of the paper.

We are going to use the Soft Suede ink to add stripes to the cat. Take care to line up the edges before stamping down. Sometimes this takes a couple of tries. This reminds me of a friend’s cat who recently passed away. (The cat not the friend!) In memory of him, I will name this cat Oliver.

Put the strip of card stock with Oliver on it into the Cat Builder punch. Line the edges up and squeeze gently to hold Oliver in place, lay the punch on the table and push quickly and firmly to punch him out. Viola!

Lay Oliver on the Whisper White square to place the sentiment. Using the Memento ink, stamp the sentiment “True Love has four paws” onto the lower left hand cornet.

We want Oliver to be able to speak his mind. Use the Memento ink to stamp the “Meow!” next to Oliver.

Use the Melon Mambo ink and the hearts stamp to put cute little hearts around Oliver. He is a very loving cat!

Add the hearts until you are satisfied with the result.

Use the Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of Oliver. I cut a sliver off of one to put on the back of the tail.

Peel off the backing on the Dimensionals and adhere Oliver to the sentiment piece.

Adhere the Floral Romance DSP to the piece of Pear Pizzazz.

Now to add a little mouse, eek! This is a Two Step stamp. Using the Soft Suede stamp the outline to the mouse onto the bottom right hand corner of the Pear Pizzazz. An example of the solid part of the mouse is on the scrap paper.

We are going to use the Stamping Off Technique on the mouse. I didn’t want the body to be so dark as to obscure the eye. Using the Soft Suede ink stamp onto the scrap paper first, then onto the outline of the mouse. Be sure to line it all up before stamping down. Isn’t that mouse so cute, eek!

Now lay Oliver and the sentiment onto the Pear Pizzazz card piece and stamp a few more of the little hearts.

Use the Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere Oliver and the sentiment to the Pear Pizzazz card piece.

Now adhere the Pear Pizzazz piece to the Whisper White card base, and you have another great card!

Don’t forget to check out the cute kitty card I made on my previous blog. This is a really fun stamp set and there are so many possibilities.

Stampin’ Up! just added more to the choices of free product today! You may choose a free product for every $50 you order. For example, if you order the Nine Lives stamp set, Cat Builder punch, the Floral Romance DSP and a bottle of the Multipurpose Liquid Glue, you can choose a free product! It is that simple! Check it out by going to my store after you select the Shop button above.

Stampin’ Up! products used on this card include: Stamp set: Nine Lives #148703; Punch: Cat Builder Punch #144666; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Pear Pizzazz #131201; Designer Series Paper: Floral Romance #148586; Ink: Memento #132708, Melon Mambo #147051 and Soft Suede #147115; Clear Blocks: B #117147, C #118486 and D #118485; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

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

Cute Kitty

Hello Everyone! So I am at my medical conference waiting for the lectures to start and writing my blog about cards! So fun! Think I am the only doctor here doing that?

The next series of 3 cards will be from Stampin’ Up!’s Nine Lives stamp set which is so cute! We will also be using the Cat Builder punch.


This card is for that special friend who “only comes around once in nine lives”!

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches, Melon Mambo 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches, Whisper White 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches and 4 x 2 1/2 inches.

We will also be using Melon Mambo ink and Memento ink.

Let’s start with the sentiment “A friend like you comes around once in nine lives” in Memento ink stamped on the upper left hand corner of the 3 1/2 inch Whisper White square.

Using the Memento ink, stamp the outline to the kitty onto the Whisper White 4 x 2 1/4 inch piece on the bottom half.

Next use the Memento ink to ink up the spots. Carefully line up all the outlines and stamp the spots onto the kitty. Isn’t he so adorable?

Insert the stamped cat piece in through the top of the punch and line it up. Squeeze it slightly then push firmly and quickly with your hand to punch the cat out.

Lay the cat onto the piece with the sentiment to be able to position the ball of yarn. This is a Two-step stamp. I tried it both ways and found it easier to stamp the outline first.

I decided to Stamp Off once to lighten the background stamp for the ball of yarn. Use a scrap of paper to stamp on first, then stamp over the outline of the ball of yarn.

I had to try this a few times before I was happy with the result.

We are going to adhere the kitty with the Stampin’ Dimensionals. I cut a sliver from one to put on the tail.

Peel off the protective layer and adhere to the sentiment piece.

Adhere the sentiment and kitty to the square of Melon Mambo.

Now adhere the entire piece to the Whisper White card front. I just love it!

You can leave the card this way or if you have some rhinestones or sequins you may add some bling to the card. I wanted to leave it simple. Tip: When it is time to mail a card with rhinestones on the front, cut a piece of Whisper White card stock at 5 1/4 x 4 inches to lay over the top before sliding the card into the envelope. This helps it slide through the mail sorter without damaging your card.

Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale of the year, Sale-a-bration, is going on until March 31, 2019. The Nine Lives stamp set is from the 2019 Occasions Catalog and the Cat Builder Punch is in the Annual Catalog. For every $50 that you order from either catalog, you may choose a free Sale-a-bration product from the Sale-a-bration Brochure. Select the shop button on top to check it out!

Stampin’ Up! products used on this card include: Stamp set: Nine Lives #148703; Punch: Cat Builder Punch #144666; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Melon Mambo #141416; Ink: Memento #132708 and Melon Mambo #147051; Clear Blocks: B #117147, C #118486 and D #118485; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Cake, Designer Series Paper, flowers, Occasions Catalog 2019, Wedding

Sparkly Wedding Cake Card

Boy, what a day! I was planning on finishing the blog about this gorgeous, sparkly wedding cake card, but my youngest son had a Science Fair paper and display board to do. So we spent the whole day doing that! Now, I am going to get this out to you!

This beautiful wedding card is not hard to make as you will see by the following steps. This is the 3rd in a series of 3 cards made with Stampin’ Up!’s Piece of Cake stamp set.

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches; Petal Pink 5 x 2 1/4 inches, Floral Romance Designer Series Paper (DSP) 4 3/4 x 2 inches, Fresh Fig 3 x 2 1/4 inches and Whisper White 2 3/4 x 2 inches.

Some of the other products you will need are Memento Ink, Fresh Fig Ink and the Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker.

First stamp the cake platter in Memento ink onto the bottom half of the 2 3/4 x 2 inch piece of Whisper White.

Next stamp the cake in Fresh Fig onto the platter. As you can see, some ink got on my block. Fortunately it did not get on my cardstock!

Now add the little floral bouquet in Fresh Fig on top of the cake.

Use the Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker to color the roses and rosebuds, as well as the center of the daisy-like flowers.

Adhere the colored cake onto the 3 x 2 1/4 inch piece of Fresh Fig. Set aside.

The Floral Romance Designer series paper has this piece of Vellum in the pack. Isn’t it gorgeous? Vellum is a special type of paper that is more translucent. As such, the adhesive will often show through to the other side. Tip: I used a very thin line of the Multipurpose Liquid Glue around the edges.

When adhering the Vellum to the piece of Petal Pink cardstock, I gently massaged the glue into an even layer so that it did not show through.

Lay the two completed card pieces onto the Whisper White card base without using any adhesive. This is to help with placement of the sentiment. Stamp the sentiment “Mr & Mrs” in Memento Ink to the lower right hand corner of the card front.

Now use adhesive to adhere the Petal Pink piece to the card front.

Using Stampin’ Dimensionals on the cake piece, adhere it to the middle of the card front.

This is a very pretty wedding card. But we are not finished yet. We are going to add some bling!

These sparkly pink flowers and sequins are from the Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins in the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions Catalog. In order to transfer them easily, I use the Paper Piercing Tool.

First I added one flower sequin in the center, then one on either side of it to continue the garland.

Next I added 3 sequins. The 3rd sequin is on the little pink flower.

And Viola! You have made a wonderful, gorgeous and sparkly wedding card! Now to get invited to a wedding!

I am heading out of town for the rest of the week to attend a medical conference. You may or may not know that I am a retired Family Medicine Physician. I still try to keep my brain active by keeping up my medical education hours. My plan is to try to blog while there. I have the next 3 cards all ready to go! If it doesn’t work out, I will have the blogs for you next week.

I am going to be using the Stampin’ Up! Nine Lives stamp set. And yes, you guessed it, it has to do with cats!

Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration is still on for another month, until March 31, 2019. Some of the free products are running out, so don’t delay any further and make your order soon! For more details, go to my store by selecting the “Shop” button on top.

The Stampin’ Up! products I used today include: Stamp Set: Piece of Cake #148610; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Fresh Fig #144242; Ink: Memento #132708 and Fresh Fig #147144; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and C #118486; Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers: Dark Flirty Flamingo #147032; Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins #148561; Stampin’ Piece Mat #126199; Paper Piercing Tool;126189; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.