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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Add the little dragonfly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Have a great day and try some sponging!

Posted in Birthday, flowers, Fun/Fancy fold card, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog

Garden Birthday with Layered with Kindness

As you may have noticed from my last Blog post, I have been learning to participate in a Blog Hop. I think I finally have it working if you would like to check it out. After you scroll through my portion there will be a list of names. Click on the name and visit their Blog. You can get a lot of great ideas from a Blog Hop.

Today’s card is a Birthday card. I have 6 people in my family with Birthdays in May! I need to stock up on Birthday cards. This card can be made with any Designer Series Paper (DSP). I am using Garden Lane DSP from the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.

I made this card with the Layered With Kindness stamp set by Stampin’ Up!® and the coordinating punch.

Measurements: Garden Green Card stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches, 8 1/2 x 3 inches and 5 x 3 inches; Garden Lane DSP: 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 4 x 3 inches; and Whisper White CS: 4 x 3 inches and 5 x 3 inches.

The first step is to stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment in Memento onto the 5 x 3 inch Whisper White CS. Set aside.

Stamp the leaves in Garden Green ink onto the right hand side of the 4 x 3 inch Whisper White CS.

Now stamp the little flower in Petal Pink ink.

Stamp several flowers.

Stamp the single leaf several times in Garden Green ink.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Garden Lane DSP to the 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch Garden Green CS.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 3 inch Garden Green in half at 4 1/4 inches and use the Bone Folder to make the fold nice and crisp.

Adhere the 4 x 3 inch Garden Lane DSP to the front of the folded Garden Green CS.

The floral card piece will go inside the folded Garden Green CS piece.

Adhere the floral card piece.

Adhere the back of the Garden Green folded card piece to the front of the Garden Lane DSP on the 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch piece of Garden Green CS.

Use the Label Me Lovely punch to cut out the “Happy Birthday” sentiment and then punch another label out of the 5 x 3 inch Garden Green CS.

Adhere the two labels together with the Garden Green label slightly to the right of the “Happy Birthday” label.

Adhere some Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the “Happy Birthday” label on the half behind the “H” and the “B”.

Adhere to the card front with the right edge hanging off a little.

Now for some Bling! I used the Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels and applied them with the Take Your Pick tool.

Slide the pick under the adhesive on the rhinestone and transfer it to where you want it on the card. Apply slight pressure to the rhinestone and slide the pick out from underneath. Tip: If you do not have a pick tool, try a toothpick.

Add as many rhinestones as you like, keeping with an odd number. An odd number is more pleasing to the eye.

And Viola! You have a really nice Birthday Card that folds in a new and fun way. (This type of card is called a Fun Fold or Fancy Fold).

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I am so glad you joined me today. This is a great card to use any designed paper you may have around. You can easily substitute another sentiment, and if you do not have any punches, just make the sentiment a square. I am going to make a few more in different colors so I can get them mailed out to my family soon!

Posted in beginner stamper, flowers, Get Well, Punch

Get Well World with Timeless Tulips

Hello and welcome to my blog today. In the midst of the Coronavirus, I decided to make a Get Well card for the World. There is so much healing that needs to be done right now. I know some of you have been affected more than others. I hope all of you and your families stay safe and well, and if anyone has gotten sick, I hope they recover completely.

I love the Timeless Tulips stamp set by Stampin’ Up!® and felt it was perfect for this card. The bright colors are Poppy Parade and Mango Melody.

Measurements: Poppy Parade cardstock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Mango Melody CS: 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches; Whisper White CS: 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches, 5 x 3 inches and a 3 x 1/2 inch strip. You will also need a Whisper White CS that is 5 1/4 x 4 inches for the inside of the card.

Use the Poppy Parade ink to stamp the sentiment “Get Well Soon” onto the 3 x 1/2 inch strip of Whisper White CS. Use the largest tulip and stamp it in Poppy Parade ink onto the 5 x 3 inch Whisper White on the far right hand side. Tip: This is a Photopolymer stamp and you will get the best image if you stamp onto the Stampin’ Pierce Mat or use your Stampin’ Up! catalog. I cover my Stampin’ Pierce mat in white paper so the ink gets absorbed into the paper. The black cardstock is just to help you see the card piece better.

Now stamp the largest tulip in Poppy Parade ink in the upper left hand quadrant of the 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inch Whisper White CS.

Add another large tulip on the right hand side in the center. Now use the smaller tulip and stamp it in Poppy Parade just under the large tulip in the upper left hand quadrant.

Using the Mango Melody ink, stamp the large tulip slightly higher and to the right of the one in the left upper quadrant. Stamp the tulip bud in Mango Melody just under the large Poppy Parade tulip on the right.

Stamp another large tulip onto the 5 x 3 inch Whisper White CS next to the Poppy Parade tulip. Stamp the fattest leaf in Granny Apply Green ink to the far left. Tip: Before you stamp an image that will be punched out, look at the punch to determine the placement. More on that later.

Continue to use the Granny Apple Green ink for the stems and leaves. There are two long stems. One leans to the right and the other is more straight. I used the one that leans to the right for the three tulips on the right.

Use the straighter stem on the tulips to the left.

Use the fattest leaf to stamp three leaves in Granny Apple Green ink.

With the Granny Apple Green ink use one of the skinny leaves to stamp a couple of leaves, then use the other skinny leaf to stamp a couple more leaves. This gives a nice variety of leaves and makes the bouquet look full.

Now you will see why I stamped the images the way I did. First punch out the leaf. There should be plenty of space to avoid punching out the Mango Melody tulip.

Punch out the Mange Melody tulip, then the Poppy Parade tulip last.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of each of the tulips and the leaf.

Tip: To make the Stampin’ Dimensionals last a little longer, I cut them in half as shown. This is much faster than cutting each one in half before you use it.

Adhere the Mango Melody tulip, then the Poppy Parade tulip. Next adhere the fat Granny apple Green leaf to the center of the bouquet.

Here is the completed card front.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Poppy Parade cardstock at the 4 1/4 inch score line and use the Bone Folder to make the fold nice and crisp. This is the card base. Adhere the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch Mango Melody CS to the front of the card base.

Adhere the stamped card piece to the card front.

Trim the sentiment a bit on each end. We are going to cut a banner end. The easiest way to make the banner symmetrical is to start with a center cut.

The next cut is from the upper corner to the top of the center cut. Repeat from the other corner.

Cut a banner end on both ends of the sentiment

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and adhere it to the card front.

And Viola! You have a beautiful, soothing Get Well card. But wait….

You can step up the card a bit by adding a bow with a Glue Dot. This is the Crushed Curry 3/8 inch Seam Binding Ribbon in the Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. Even though it is a different color than the Mango Melody, it seems to work well. But that is not all…..

There is always Bling! I added some colored rhinestones from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels to add some sparkle. Any of the 3 versions of this card would send a soothing Get Well Wish to someone who needs it. I am sending out Get Well Wishes to everyone and to Mother Earth as well.

Thank you so much for visiting today. I really enjoyed making this card. I hope you give it a try. The Timeless Tulips stamp set is wonderful to make cards for various occasions- Sympathy, Wedding, Friendship, Love, Birthday, Mother’s Day and Easter to name a few. This is a great stamp to start out with if you are just beginning to stamp at home because of its versatility.

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator and am happy to help you be more creative at home. If you need help starting out, please send me an email at theresastreasures.az@gmail.com or message me on Facebook at Facebook.com/theresastreaures.az/

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Posted in #simplestamping, Animals, beginner stamper, encouragement, Get Well, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog

This is Knot Good

The state of the world is “knot” good. All I can do at this point is keep being creative to stay positive and pray that all will be well soon.

This little Get Well card is made with the Back on Your Feet stamp set by Stampin’ Up!® It’s good to add a little humor when the situation is not the best. I do hope that all of you are safe and well, and that your families are well too.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score at 4 1/4 inches, 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 4 x 2 1/2 inches; Crushed Curry CS: 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches; Soft Suede CS: 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches. You will also need a 9 x 1/4 inch strip of the Birthday Bonanza Designer Series paper (DSP) -not shown.

Stamp the giraffe and the sentiment “This is knot good” onto the 4 x 2 1/2 inch Whisper White CS with black Memento ink.

I used a stamp from the Gallery Grunge stamp set to make the background. Stamp the image in Soft Suede ink. Gallery Grunge is a great stamp set to have on hand as you can make many different backgrounds.

Color the giraffe with the Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker. One of the wonderful benefits of Stampin’ Up! is that the paper, ink, markers, ribbon, etc all match!

Color the giraffe’s spots with the Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker. Use the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker for the hooves.

Finish the giraffe with a little Petal Pink in the ears and Old Olive for the grass.

Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold on the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS at the 4 1/4 inch score to make the card base. Adhere the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch Crushed Curry CS to the front of the card base.

Adhere the Soft Suede piece to the Crushed Curry piece on the card front.

Adhere the giraffe to the 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 inch Crushed Curry CS. Adhere the whole piece to the Soft Suede CS on the card front.

Cut two 2 inch strips from the 9 1/4 x 1/4 inch Birthday Bonanza DSP. Apply to the card front so they look like strips of tape, like on a scrapbook page.

I decided to make the inside of the card with a sentiment. I used Whisper White CS 5 1/4 x 4 inches and stamped the sentiment in Memento ink.

Adhere a 5 1/4 x 1/4 inch strip of the Birthday Bonanza DSP to the left side of the insert. Then adhere it to the inside of the card.

And Viola! You have a slightly humorous card to let someone who is having a hard time know that you are there for them.

The stamp set has a few other animals and sentiments, so I made a set.

I hope you enjoyed that card. I am very thankful you stopped by.

The 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog will be good for a bit longer. The 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog will be available as a PDF to Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators on April 22, 2020. If you would like an early sneak peek of the catalog, join my team! You may order a Starter Kit which contains whatever you wish for $99 and you can choose $125 worth of product! If you are interested, email me at theresastreausres.az@gmail.com and I can walk you through the process. Otherwise come by my online store and see what there is to start being more creative today! Click here for the store. I recommend checking out the all inclusive kits. Order today and you can be crafting in no time!

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Posted in beginner stamper, Easter, flowers, Mini Catalog 2020

Hold Onto Hope Easter Blessings

Wow! This Coronavirus Pandemic is so horrible! I imagine many are feeling a real test of their faith. One way for me to remain hopeful is to be creative. The Hold Onto Hope stamp set was very helpful to me for creating an Easter card.

I know some folks are without a postal service right now. One way to share your card is by doing it virtually. Make the card, write the handwritten greeting inside, then photograph it all and send it off via email, Instagram or Facebook.

I will be showing you 3 different versions of this card. The card is very simple but fun to do.

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches and 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches; Highland Heather 5 1/4 x 3 inches; and Best Dressed Designer Series Paper (DSP): 4 3/4 x 3 inches.

In order for the cross to fit on the D block completely, I put it on the diagonal. I did the same for the flowers we will use after the cross.

Stamp the cross in Sahara Sand ink onto the 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp it a little towards the upper edge so you will have room for the sentiment under the cross.

To ink up the flowers I used the Stampin’ Write Markers in Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Granny Apple Green. First color the leaves and vine with the Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Write Marker.

Color the little bunches of flowers with the Highland Heather Stampin’ Write Marker. Color the single flowers with the Gorgeous Grape Stampin’ Write Marker.

In order to moisten the ink, use your breath and huff onto the stamp. Then stamp it over the cross.

Stamp the “Easter Blessings” sentiment from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set just under the cross.

Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line on the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Adhere the 5 1/4 x 3 inch Highland Heather CS to the left of the card front.

Adhere the Best Dressed DSP piece to the card front on the right side.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the stamped cross piece.

Adhere the stamped cross piece to the card front.

And Viola! This is the first version of this card which is a very nice Easter card. However, you can “dress it up” a little with some embellishments.

The second version is one with the addition of a yellow bow using the 1/4 inch Daffodil Delight Ruched Ribbon. Also a very nice card.

And Viola! The final version, the most dressed up version, is with the addition of Gorgeous Grape Rhinestones on the Gorgeous Grape flowers. The rhinestones are in the Noble Peacock Rhinestone pack. Still a very simple card but this makes for a beautiful card to send to someone to wish them some Easter Blessings!

Thank you all for visiting. Please “like” this blog and comment below.

I hope you are all doing okay and staying safe. This is a very challenging time. Create some positivity in your life by taking the time to be creative with something. It helps pass the time and makes you feel better emotionally.

Stampin’ Up!® Products used include: Stamp Set: Hold Onto Hope #151243 and Itty Bitty Greetings #151331; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Highland Heather CS #146986 and Best Dressed DSP 151319; Ink: Sahara Sand #147117 and Gorgeous Grape #147099; Stampin’ Write Markers: Granny Apple Green in the Subtle Stampin’ Write Marker set #147156, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape in the Brights Stampin’ Write Marker set #147157; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and D #118485; Bone Folder #102300; Take Your Pick Tool #144107; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: 1/4 inch Daffodil Delight Ruched Ribbon #151311 and Noble Peacock Rhinestones #194494.

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Two Heartfelt Hearts

It’s Valentine’s week and it is not just for couples. This is a great time to let someone know just how much you love them.

These two Valentine’s Day cards are just wonderful for sharing your love. Today I will show you how to make the Two Hearts card.

This card is made with the Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt stamp set available in the 2020 Mini Catalog which you can view at my store.

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock (CS) 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches and 5 x 3 3/4 inches, Real Red CS 5 1/4 x 4 inches, From My Heart Designer Series Paper (DSP) 5 x 2 1/4 inches and a strip of the foil hearts from the From My Heart DSP.

Adhere the 5 x 2 1/4 inch From My Heart DSP to the bottom of the 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White CS.

Tip: Since this stamp set is Photopolymer, use the Stampin’ Pierce mat to get the best image. Stamp the sentiment “Roses are red, Violets are blue” in Real Red ink onto the right side of the Whisper White CS portion, just above the border of the From My Heart DSP.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS at the 4 1/4 inch score line. This is your card base.

Stamp the sentiment “Being friends is better than eating candy (but let’s do that too)” on the inside of the Whisper White CS card base in Real Red ink.

Stamp a few heart doilies on the inside with Flirty Flamingo ink.

You can clean the extra ink off of the Stampin’ Pierce mat with a baby wipe or wet rag.

Punch out the foil hearts from the From My Heart DSP using the scalloped-edged heart punch from the Heart Punch Pack.

Adhere the stamped Whisper White card piece to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Real Red CS.

Measure the Red Double-Stitched Satin Ribbon to be about 1 inch longer on each side of the card piece.

Use a Mini Glue Dot to adhere the ribbon to the card piece. Tip: The easiest way to get the glue dot onto the ribbon is to press the ribbon on top of the glue dot while it is on the roll.

I also put a glue dot in the center of the ribbon to hold it in place, then flip the card piece over and adhere the ribbon to the back side.

Adhere the card piece to the front of the Whisper White card base, making sure the inside sentiment is in the proper orientation.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Flirty Flamingo foil heart.

Tip: When you have used all the Dimensionals there is a border left behind. Cut into smaller pieces and use these as well.

Position the two foil hearts, then adhere the Real Red foil heart with Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Snail Adhesive.

Peel off the protective cover on the Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhere the Flirty Flamingo foil heart over the top of the Real Red foil heart.

Next you will need some Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels and the Take Your Pick tool to add some bling. (Sorry about the blurry photo of the rhinestones).

Use the pick end of the Take Your Pick tool to get under the adhesive of the rhinestone and move it into position on your card. Gently press on the rhinestone with your finger to secure it to the card and remove the pick.

I used three rhinestones.

And Viola! my fellow stampers! You have a wonderful card to send to share your love with someone special!

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Stampin’ Up! supplies used include: Stamp Set: Heartfelt #151417; Punch: Heart Punch Pack #151292; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Real Red CS #102482 and the From My Heart DSP #151189; Ink: Real Red #147084 and Flirty Flamingo #147052; Clear Blocks C #118486 and H #118490; Bone Folder #102300; Take Your Pick tool #144107; Paper Snips #103579; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Mini Glue Dots #103683 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: Real Red 3/8 inch Double-stitched satin ribbon #151115 and Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels #146924; and the Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199.

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Cutting Paper to Make Cards

Sunny Snowy Arizona!!

Good Morning!! Well the snow melted completely and is now back. Its very peaceful outside. Inside it is cozy and warm, just the right feeling to be making cards. Check out my facebook page to see some of the cards I have recently made.

So once you get some good quality paper, you’ll want to have the right tools to cut it. It is important to invest in a paper-cutter that makes good clean cuts without snagging your paper. What do you need?

Guillotine style paper-cutter

I am partial to the guillotine style paper-cutter. Mine is an old one from my college days, but I have recently purchased a new, lighter weight one from a hobby store. I like it because I can cut two or more pages at once and still get a clean cut. I also feel I can see the measurements better.

Stampin’ Up!  Stampin’ Trimmer

I also have a Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Trimmer (item #126889), which some prefer for all their paper cutting. This one cuts with a blade that you move down from top to bottom. It is important to keep your blade sharp. I only cut one paper at a time. There is also a scoring function. This is a good cutter to have when making fun-fold cards or 3-D projects. 


You also need several types of scissors. A larger pair of scissors is helpful at times, but I more often use the smaller scissors. You will need 2 pair, one to cut paper and one for cutting ribbon. The paper dulls the scissors over time. This makes cutting ribbon difficult, so it is helpful to have a pair dedicated to ribbon. The paper scissors are useful for “fussy” cutting, which means to cut out a stamped image.  Stampin’ Up! Paper Snips (the black handled scissors pictured above) are item # 103579.

So that is the scoop on cutting paper.  The next post will discuss measurements for cards, so gather up all your cutting tools. Soon we will start making cards. Again, visit my Facebook page to see cards I have made recently and visit my store today!