Posted in #simplestamping, 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, Autumn, beginner stamper, Coloring Techniques, Halloween, Owl, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Have a Hoot Halloween Boo!

I love getting costumes made for my kids, even though now that they are older the costumes are more complicated. I love to sew and don’t get a chance until Halloween. However, even more than sewing costumes, I love to stamp and create fun Halloween cards to send out!

The card I created for today is very quick and simple to make. The images are from the Stampin’ Up!® Have a Hoot stamp set in the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog. The little owl is so adorable!

Measurements: Basic Black Card Stock (CS) card base: 4 1/4 x 11 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches; Whisper White CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 2 x 2 3/4 inches; Mango Melody CS: 2 x 2 3/4 inches; and Magic in this Night Designer Series Paper (DSP): 2 x 5 1/2 inches. Note: when cutting the DSP, position a spider’s web in the center and on the top of the card piece.

Using the Memento Black ink, stamp the owl in the tree onto the 2 x 2 3/4 inch Whisper White CS.

Use the Memento ink to stamp the little owl hiding behind the pumpkin onto the lower righthand corner of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp the “Boo!” sentiment above the owl.

I used the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers in: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, So Saffron, Cinnamon Cider, Bronze and Just Jade.

I started with the Dark Cinnamon Cider around the outer edges of the owl, then filled it in with the Light Cinnamon Cider.

I colored the tree with the Bronze, the spider with Basic Black, the talons and beak with Dark Mango Melody and the eyes with Dark So Saffron.

The pumpkin was colored along the outer edge with Dark Pumpkin Pie. Next I colored with Light Pumpkin Pie and then Dark Mango Melody blended in moving toward the center of the pumpkin. The eyes of the owl and pumpkin face are colored in Dark So Saffron. I colored the stem in Dark Just Jade.

The owl was again colored with the Dark Cinnamon Cider around the outer edges and Light Cinnamon Cider toward the center of the owl.

Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS with the owl and pumpkin to the inside of the Basic Black CS card base.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the Basic Black card base at the 5 1/2 inch score line to get a crisp fold. Adhere the 2 x 5 1/2 inch Magic In This Night DSP to the card front on the left with the spider’s web on top.

Adhere the owl in the tree to the 2 x 2 3/4 inch Mango Melody CS slightly off-set. Adhere this to the card front.

Now the Bling! The Iridescent Pearls in the 2020 Mini Catalog are so awesome! As you move the pearls, the color changes from Pretty Peacock to Gorgeous Grape to Shaded Spruce!

I added a few of the Iridescent Pearls to the center of the strip of DSP and then scattered around on the Basic Black CS.

Viola! Such an adorable Halloween card that was so quick to put together! Thanks for visiting today!

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Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Birds, Birthday, Coloring Techniques, flowers, Punch

Posted For You Stampin’ Up!® Birthday Card for beginners

Posted for You is a fun Stampin’ Up!® stamp set in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog that coordinates with the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch.

The Love stamp in this stamp set reminds me of the Love Series of postage stamps. This Love postage stamp I believe is from 1982. I just love the colors and different flowers.

Today’s birthday card has its own Love stamp as well as some birds and flowers.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 4 1/4 x 11 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches (this is the card base), 4 x 5 1/4 inches, three 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches and 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches; Gorgeous Grape CS: 3 1/2 x 4 inches; Highland Heather CS: 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches and 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches.

Use Memento ink to stamp one of each design onto the three 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch Whisper White CS pieces. Stamp the images about 1/4 inch away from the bottom edge so they will fit in the Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch.

Stamp the sentiment “Happy Birthday” in Memento ink onto the 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch Whisper White CS strip. Stamp about 1/4 inch away from the left edge of the Whisper White CS. Note: In this image I stamped too far away from the left edge. When I needed to use the Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch I had to trim off a little for it to fit properly.

Punch all of the stamped images out with the Rectangle Postage Stamp punch.

Punch the sentiment “Happy Birthday” out by using the Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch as shown. Do the same with the 5 /8 x 4 1/2 inch Highland Heather CS strip.

I colored the stamped images with the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 using the colors pictured above.

I used a heavy hand with the darker areas then lightly added color over the top to create a little more depth. Note: If you have a hard time sharpening the Watercolor Pencils, invest in a metal sharpener from an art supply store. I have found that a dull sharpener just makes the pencil tip crumble. Of course, that could also be due to living in the dry climate here in Arizona.

Adhere the stamped images and the sentiment to the corresponding Highland Heather CS.

Adhere the 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 inch Highland Heather CS to the 3 1/2 x 4 inch Gorgeous Grape CS. Now adhere the stamped image piece to the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Adhere the sentiment to the 5/8 inch piece of Highland Heather CS and then to the card front.

To add a little dimension to this card I cut the Foam Adhesive Sheets into 1/4 inch strips and placed them on the back of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS as shown.

Fold the 4 1/4 x 11 inch Whisper White CS card base at the 5 1/2 inch score line using the Bone Folder so you get a crisp fold. Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS panel to the front of the card base.

Viola! You have made a lovely birthday card! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think. What do you like about the post? Is there anything I could improve on?

Thanks for visiting. I hope you give this card a try. I found it to be very relaxing to color the images.

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Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, beginner stamper, Blender Pen, Coloring Techniques, Halloween, Sponging technique

It’s Live! Stampin’ Up!® August-December Mini Catalog is live today!

I showed a sneak peak of the wonderful and festive Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog with an adorable Winter card on my last blog. Today I am going to show a spooky Halloween card. I will plan on showing a Fall card on Friday. I recommend you spend some time looking through a PDF of the Mini Catalog here and start planning for the holidays coming up now. If you act now, you will have plenty of time to design some handmade cards!

This Halloween card was a lot of fun to make with the Magic In The Night Designer Series Paper (DSP)! Lots of creepy spiders!

Measurements: Blackberry Bliss Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Smoky Slate CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 2 x 3 1/2 inches; Basic Black: 4 x 5 1/4 inches; Magic in the Night DSP: 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches; and Basic Grey 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.

This is the Hallows Night Magic stamp set in the Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog. The design detail on the bats is awesome!

Let’s start stamping!

Oops! First I wanted to show you how to deal with a “halo“. That is when the ink gets on the part of the stamp surrounding the image and makes a mark on your card that you do not want. This is a BIG halo!

One way to fix this issue once and for all, is to trim the stamp. I use a sharp pair of Paper Snips. Others use an Exacto knife. I just trim a little away as shown.

That’s better! I used the Memento black ink to stamp the spider onto the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Smoky Slate CS. This will be the inside of the card.

I added a few of the smaller spiders. I used a straight edge to draw a string of web with the Stampin’ Write Basic Black Marker.

Using the Memento Black ink stamp the larger spider onto the 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch Basic Grey CS. You can fussy cut the spider or if you do have a cutting machine, you could use the Halloween Magic Dies to cut the spider out.

Stamp the frame for the sentiment in Memento Black ink onto the 2 x 3 1/2 inch Smoky Slate CS, then stamp the sentiment “Happy Halloween” in the middle of the frame. Next, squeeze the middle of your Blackberry Bliss ink pad so that you get a little ink on the lid. Use a Blender Pen to take up a little ink and color in the flowers in the frame.

Now we are going to sponge the sentiment to make it more interesting. First I just dabbed the sponge right over the sentiment and around the frame. Next I flicked the sponge along the edge to darken the corners and edges of the card piece. Finally, lay the card piece on some scrap paper and move the inked sponge in small circles to darken more of the edge. Now that is interesting!

Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line on the Blackberry Bliss CS card base. Adhere the Smoky Slate CS stamped with the spiders to the inside of the card base.

Adhere the Blackberry Bliss spider design from the Magic in this Night DSP to the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Basic Black CS. Now adhere the card piece to the front of the Blackberry Bliss CS card base.

I used the Black Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment piece to the card front.

Now some Bling! The Mini Catalog has Self Adhesive Black Iridescent Pearls! I used the Take Your Pick tool to transfer the Iridescent Pearls to the large spider and to a few other spiders in the background. When you move the card around, the pearls look purple, blue and green!

I decided the card needed just a little more Bling! so I added the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to the body of the large spider and to the flowers in the frame.

Viola! You have a very spooky spidery card! So much fun!

A lot is happening today. As I stated above the Stampin’ Up!® August to December 2020 Mini Catalog is going live! Also, Stampin’ Up! has updated their catalog website to make your shopping experience better. There will be new features including the ability to sign off but keep items in your cart so you can come back to shopping later. The new website my not keep your link to my store. Try the link here to go to my Online Store. Please double check to be sure you are still shopping with Theresa McEntee from Bisbee Arizona 85603. Thanks so much for all your support of my small business. I would not be able to do this without your support. Thank you!

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Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Nature

Forever Greenery in Blue-SIP Series #1

What is a SIP series? SIP stands for stamps, ink and paper. The next three cards I am going to show on my blog will primarily be made with just SIP (and a little Bling! of course).

These are the three cards I will show over the next few blogs. I am using the Forever Fern stamp set (part of the Forever Greenery Suite) and three ink colors: Misty Moonlight, Pretty Peacock and Seaside Spray.

You will be so surprised at how simple this card is to make!

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 11 x 4 1/4 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches and 5 x 3 3/4 inches; Misty Moonlight CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

On the 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White CS and using the largest stamp of the leaves in the Forever Fern Stamp Set, stamp with the Misty Moonlight ink once at full strength on the bottom left corner. Do not add any ink to the stamp and stamp again in the upper right hand corner, turning the stamp. This is another way of Stamping Off where you stamp both the full strength and the stamped off images on the card.

Stamp the next 3 images with the Pretty Peacock ink. The bottom left hand corner is stamped at full strength. The top upper right hand corner stamp is at full strength, and the lower image is the Stamped Off image.

Now use the small bunch of leaves with the Seaside Spray ink. Stamp at full strength on the top left hand corner, followed by a Stamped Off image right above it. Stamp another full strength image on the bottom of the left hand corner.

Stamp the sentiment “love and laughter FOREVER AFTER” in Misty Moonlight ink. Note: I have tried stamping the sentiment before stamping all the leaves as well. Either way works. Just see which way works well for you.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the 11 x 4 1/4 inch Whisper White CS at the 5 1/2 inch score line. Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Misty Moonlight CS to the front of the Whisper White card base. Now adhere the stamped 5 x 3 3/4 inch piece. You may certainly stop here as this is a very nice elegant card. However, if you are like me this card needs a little Bling!

In the New 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog there are many new choices for embellishments (Bling!) on pages 156-158. These are part of the Artistry Blooms Adhesive-backed Sequins. They match perfectly!

I find it to be very easy to move the sequins from the acetate to the card with the Take Your Pick tool. I just slide the pick under the adhesive on the sequin and move it to the card. Easy as that!

And Viola! you have a nice elegant card with Bling! You can change up the sentiment to be anything from “Happy Birthday” to “Get Well” to “With Sympathy”. It makes for a very versatile card.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you try the Forever Fern stamp set with your favorite colors. I have also played around with purples and pinks. It is very easy to make very elegant looking cards!

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Posted in #simplestamping, balloons, beginner stamper, Cars, Simple stamping, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, Vintage

Take a Ride With Me for the last time

The end of the Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog is fast approaching. The last day to order from this catalog is on June 2, 2020. Ride With Me is a really cute stamp set with an adorable old fashioned pickup truck that will be retiring. There are coordinating Truck Ride Dies with which you can put together a 3D truck. Today’s card will be simple and straightforward. My mother told me she once drove a Cherry Red pickup truck when she first learned to drive. I made this pickup red in her memory.

There are 2 of the retiring colors on this card – Lovely Lipstick and Blueberry Bushel. I have really enjoyed this set of In Colors and will be sad to see them go.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): the card base is 11 x 4 1/4 inches with a score line at 5 1/2, and you need a 3 3/4 x 3 inch piece for stamping; Blueberry Bushel CS: 4 x 3 1/4 inches; and the 2018-2020 In Color Designer Series Paper (DSP): 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches in Lovely Lipstick.

I initially stamped everything in Memento Black ink. I did not like how the “I ❤ STMPN” blended in with the door.

I decided to try stamping the pickup in Lovely Lipstick ink. The balloons are stamped in Memento Black ink.

I thought the “I ❤ STMPN” stood out a little better when it was stamped in Memento ink on the Lovely Lipstick pickup truck.

I used Stampin’ Blends Alcohol markers in Dark Basic Black, Light Smokey Slate and Dark Daffodil Delight to start coloring the pickup.

The body of the pickup is colored with Dark Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker. I went over the wheel covers twice to make them stand out. I also went along the edge of the door twice on either side of the “I ❤ STMPN”. I colored one of the balloons in Lovely Lipstick.

The Blueberry Bushel does not come in an alcohol marker so I used the Stampin’ Write marker which is water based to color two of the balloons.

I adhered the stamped pickup card piece to the 4 x 3 1/4 inch Blueberry Bushel CS. The card base was folded and burnished with the Bone Folder to create a crisp fold. The 2018-2020 In Color Lovely Lipstick DSP was adhered onto the center of the card front. The pickup card piece was then adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Now for some Bling! I used the Rhinestone Basic Jewels, the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels and the Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels. Lots of color and sparkle!

Using the Take Your Pick tool to transfer the rhinestones to the card, I applied one rhinestone in the corresponding colors to each balloon.

Also added a trio of the Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the Lovely Lipstick DSP.

And Viola! there is your Old Fashioned pickup truck with lots of balloons and bling! If you leave off the “I ❤ STMPN” you could use this card for just about any celebration.

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Posted in Blender Pen, Father's Day, Guys cards, Masculine, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, Vintage

Cardz4Guyz Challenge #244- Vintage

Today’s card is a Father’s Day card in a Vintage style. I made this now because I know how Father’s Day sneaks up on me!

The card is made with the Stampin’ Up! A Good Man stamp set. The paper is Soft Suede, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla cardstock (CS). The printed paper is from the Stampin’ Up! Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper (DSP). The ink for the man is Soft Suede. I used a Blender Pen to slightly color the image. The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso ink. I used Linen Thread as an embellishment.

The measurements are: Soft Suede CS: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches for the card base; Early Espresso CS: 4 x 3 inches and 4 1/4 x 1/2 inches; Very Vanilla CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches for the inside of the card, 4 x 3 inches and 3 x 3/4 inches; and the Come Sail Away DSP: 4 x 2 1/4 inches.


  1. Fold the Soft Suede card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line.
  2. Stamp the man in Soft Suede ink onto the 4 x 3 inch Very Vanilla CS. Use one of the Layering Ovals Dies in a cutting machine to cut out around the man.
  3. Use the Blender Pen to blend some of the ink onto the shirt and pants. i made the pants slightly darker than the shirt.
  4. Use the next size up on the Layering Ovals Dies to cut an oval from the 4 x 3 inch Early Espresso CS.
  5. Adhere the two ovals together.
  6. Stamp the sentiment “You do a great job of being a great guy” in Early Espresso ink onto the 3 x 3/4 inch Very Vanilla CS.
  7. Tie a 22 inch piece of Linen Thread twice around the 4 1/2 x 1/2 inch strip of Early Espresso CS. Tie in place to one side.
  8. Adhere the DSP to the front of the card base.
  9. Adhere the Early Espresso CS wrapped with the Linen Thread onto the card with adhesive.
  10. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the oval piece stamped with the man, and the strip with the sentiment.
  11. Adhere the man and sentiment.

Viola! And that is it! Now you are ready for Father’s Day too!

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Posted in Cake, flowers, Wedding

Piece of Cake Wedding Card!

I really feel bad for anyone who was looking forward to a big gathering for their wedding this year in the midst of this pandemic. How awful to have made plans over the last year and then not be able to have your event the way you envisioned it. However, people will still be getting married. And who wants to run to the store right now? Having a handmade Wedding card on hand keeps you prepared.

This wonderful Wedding card is made with the Stampin’ Up!® Piece of Cake stamp set. This set is very versatile because there are 6 different cake stamps. Check it out here.

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches and 4 x 2 inches for stamping the cake; Purple Posy CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 x 3 3/4 inches; and Silver Foil: 4 x 2 inches.

Using Memento Black Ink stamp the cake on the bottom of the 4 x 2 inch Whisper White CS. Now stamp the floral cake topper on the other end. You will need room to use the Cake Builder Punch in a minute.

I used Stampin’ Write Markers in Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Old Olive and Shaded Spruce to color the cake and flowers. I used the Highland Heather Stampin’ Write Marker to color the two tiny flowers located on the cake itself.

I colored the icing decorations in Gorgeous Grape. I left some of the flowers on the cake topper white because I thought they looked like daisies. The leaves are colored in Old Olive with a small amount of Shaded Spruce.

Use the Cake Builder punch to punch out the cake. You will also get a cake stand which we are not going to use. You could save the Whisper White cake stand for another card.

You will need to fussy cut the floral cake topper. It is so small!

Use the Cake Builder Punch to punch a cake stand out of the Silver Foil. Set the pieces of the cake aside for now.

Now for a trick! Hold the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Purple Posy with the 5 x 3 3/4 inch Perennial Essence DSP as shown. You may use some temporary adhesive if you wish.

Use the 2 inch Circle Punch to punch a circle in the upper left quadrant. Do not punch too close to the left edge of the card because the cake will be adhered there.

Here’s the trick! Now separate the DSP from the Purple Posy CS. Use the 2 1/4 inch Circle Punch to enlarge the circle on the DSP. This allows the Purple Posy to show through the DSP on the inside of the circle and be perfectly aligned!

Place the Purple Posy and Perennial Essence DSP pieces together and lay them on the front panel of the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS card base. This will show you where to stamp the sentiment.

I also placed the cake and stand on the card temporarily to help with the placement of the sentiment. The “Happy Wedding Day” sentiment is from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set. I stamped the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink in the right upper portion of the circle.

I recommend using a lot of Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the Perennial Essence DSP.

Carefully adhere the Perennial Essence DSP to the Purple Posy CS. Next, use your Bone Folder to help get a nice crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line on the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS card base.

Adhere the Purple Posy and DSP panel to the front of the Whisper White CS card base, keeping in mind how you want the sentiment to look.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to all of the cake pieces. Adhere the cake first making sure there is space for the cake topper. Now adhere the cake topper and finally the cake stand.

Tie a bow and add it to the cake stand with a Mini Glue Dot. I used the Metallic Edged Ribbon in silver. (For help with tying a bow, refer to the video in this blog here.

Now for some Bling! I added the Rhinestone Basic Jewels sort of scattered on the Perennial Essence DSP. I placed 2 small Rhinestone Basic Jewels in the center of the flowers on the cake.

And Viola! You have a beautiful Wedding card ready to go! I think I went a little crazy with the Bling! Oh, well. It makes for a very sparkly card!

Thanks again for visiting my blog. I have so much fun creating cards and making a blog post. I hope you try some of the cards. Even if you do not have the specific paper or stamp set, perhaps my cards can be an inspiration for one of your own! Stay safe and healthy!

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