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.

Make sure you take a last look at the Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog and order anything you have had on your wish list now. Time is running out! There is only 1 week left before many products retire!

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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.

Instructions:

  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!

Thanks for visiting today. This card is made for the Cardz4Guyz Challenge #244 to make a vintage card. View other great Vintage cards at Cardz4Guyz.blogspot.com.

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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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Posted in Animals, Aqua Painters, Coloring Techniques, Horse, Inspiration, Masculine, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, Watercolor Techniques

Last Chance for Let It Ride! Fun with Water-coloring!

There are many Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that are retiring by June 2, 2020. I will miss several, including Let It Ride. I just love the horses! I used to go horseback riding as a kid in Albuquerque, New Mexico with my siblings. My Mom would drop us off at the stables near the base of the Sandia Mountains. After our horseback ride we would ride our bikes home. Fond memories!

This is a beautiful watercolor fun fold card. Don’t worry, it is pretty simple! It only looks complicated. I am not an artist. The stamp just lends itself to a nice watercolor.

The card opens this way and there is plenty of space to write a little note inside.

Measurements: Early Espresso Card stock (CS): 6 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches with a score at 2 inches and 6 1/2 x 4 inches with a score at 3 1/4 inches; Soft Suede CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Very Vanilla CS: 3 3/4 x 3 inches and 4 x 2 inches; Crumb Cake CS: 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches; and Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper: 3 3/4 x 3 inches.

First I stamped the background with the Gallery Grunge stamp set using Soft Suede ink on the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Soft Suede CS. (I put a green scrap paper behind my card piece so I would not get ink on the table).

Next I used a different stamp from the Gallery Grunge stamp set to stamp in Crumb Cake ink onto the 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 inch Crumb Cake CS.

Using Memento ink, stamp the horse from the Let It Ride stamp set onto the Fliud 100 Watercolor Paper. You will need to be sure you have plenty of ink on the stamp and hold the stamp down for 10 seconds to get a dark enough image. The watercolor paper absorbs the ink differently than the cardstock does.

Stamp the sentiment “Go for it!” in Memento ink onto the 4 x 2 inch Very Vanilla CS. Leave room around the sentiment so you can use a Scalloped Circle Punch.

Now for some water-coloring fun! Turn the Balmy Blue ink pad upside down on the table. Push your thumbs down in the center, up and down, several times. Flip it over and open the ink pad. You should have an ink spot on the top of the inside cover.

I like to watercolor with the Aqua Painter. To prep the Aqua Painter you will need to squeeze the barrel that is filled with water and get a few drops of water to come out on a paper towel.

Put a few drops of water next to the ink spot (less is better). Use the Aqua Painter to mix a little ink into the drops of water. Start to apply the ink and water to the background in long strokes horizontally. Start light and gradually add color until it pleases you.

Continue to add a drop of water, then mix in the ink and apply to the background until you have the background covered. Wash off the Balmy Blue ink by squeezing the barrel of the Aqua Painter and brush it onto the paper towel until the water is clear.

Repeat the procedure with the Granny Apple Green ink. Apply to the grass. Be sure to clean the Aqua Painter before using the next color.

Using the Crumb Cake ink, apply a thin wash to the entire horse.

To get a darker ink with the Aqua Painter, do not squeeze out any water. Pick up ink from the middle of the ink spot on the very tip of the brush. Apply to areas that you want darker or shadowed. Again, I am not an artist, but I follow the artist’s lines and apply a darker layer of ink in that area. I also apply darker color to the legs that are on the opposite side of the horse. In my mind, these legs would be shadowed by the horses body.

I used the Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker on the hooves.

We are going to adhere the watercolor horse to the 6 1/2 x 4 inch scored at 3 1/4 inches Early Espresso CS. We will adhere it to the “front” of this little card with it turned backward. If you lay the card open to the table, you would adhere the horse to the left side.

The 3 3/4 x 3 inch Very Vanilla CS will go on the inside of our backward card. If you lay the card face up (the horse will be on the back of the right side), adhere the Very Vanilla CS to the left side.

The backward little card should end up looking like this.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch stamped Soft Suede CS to the inside of the 6 1/4 x 5 /1/2 inch scored at 2 inches Early Espresso CS “card”. This is an odd looking “card” right now, but I assure you it will look great when we are done!

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 inch stamped Crumb Cake CS to the front of the odd Early Espresso card. Now we will put the backward and the odd cards together.

Adhere the back of the backward horse card to the center of the inside of the odd Early Espresso card. Now open the horse card and fold the front of the Early Espresso CS card under it.

Here is a “bird’s eye” view.

Use the 1 3/8 inch Scalloped Circle Punch to punch out the sentiment “Go for it!”.

To make the sentiment stand out more, I sponged some Soft Suede ink around the edge of the scalloped circle. (If you need help preparing the sponge, look at my blog about sponging here.)

Apply some Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to the side and bottom as shown. This is because you want the card front to have a space to slide under the scalloped circle.

Place the 1 3/8 inch Scalloped Circle on the bottom left corner and be sure the front piece will slice under it before you adhere it to the card.

Viola! You have a watercolor masterpiece! Well, maybe not, but it is a very special card! Any horse-lover would appreciate receiving this card!

Thanks for joining me. I hope you try this out. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look great the first time! Just stamp several horses on a piece of watercolor and have fun! Experiment!

The 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog will be good until June 2, 2020. If you would like to look at the “Last Chance Products” just go to my online store and click the tab in the left hand column. You can get to my store here.

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Posted in beginner stamper, Butterfly, Designer Series Paper, encouragement, Inspiration, Mini Catalog 2020, Positive Thoughts, Punch, Spring

Bonus! Card and Bookmark from one 6 x 6 inch Best Dressed Designer Series Paper!

This is a great way to use most of the 6 x 6 inch piece of a Designer Series Paper (DSP). I know a lot of folks don’t really read a real live book anymore, but you can use the bookmark in your planner, recipe book, Bible, etc. Nonetheless, an inspirational card and bookmark is a wonderful handmade gift to give someone.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches, 6 1/4 x 2 inches, 5 x 2 inches and 5 x 2 1/2 inches; Best Dressed DSP: 6 x 6 inches (I will show you how to cut to 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches); and Melon Mambo CS: 5 x 2 inches. You will also need the following Punches: 1 3/4 inch Circle, Pretty Label, Butterfly Duet and Scalloped Tag Topper.

Using the new Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer, make the first cut on the Best Dressed DSP at 5 1/4 inches.

Turn the paper 90 degrees. The second cut is at 4 inches. The larger piece is 5 1/4 x 4 inches, which is what you will need for the card front. The smaller piece is 5 1/4 x 2 inches. Tip: I labeled the cutting blade “CUT” and the score blade “SCORE” so I would remember which was which. It is so sad when you accidentally CUT when you meant to SCORE!

The third cut will trim the 5 1/4 x 2 inches down to 5 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches. This will be the piece for the bookmark. You will end up with a little bit of left over DSP, but not much.

Now for some stamping! I love the Butterfly Wishes stamp set because there are several different types of butterflies. These two happen to coordinate with the Butterfly Duet Punch. Stamp the larger butterfly in Melon Mambo ink onto one end of the 5 x 2 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp the smaller butterfly in Melon Mambo ink on the other end.

There are two sentiments, one for the card and one for the bookmark. Stamp the sentiment “Love to celebrate you” in Melon Mambo ink in the center of one end of the 5 x 2 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp the other sentiment “It was a perfect day because of you” in the center of the other end. Be mindful about the placement so that the punches will be able to go around the sentiments.

The punches are the 1 3/4 inch Circle Punch and the Pretty Label Punch. Use the Circle Punch to punch out the sentiment “Love to celebrate you”. Tip: I find it easier to use the punches if I lay them upside down on the table and use the heel of my hand to push down firmly and quickly.

Use the Pretty Label Punch to punch out the sentiment “It was a perfect day because of you”.

Punch out a Pretty Label using the Melon Mambo CS.

Use the Butterfly Duet Punch to punch out the two butterflies.

Punch out the smaller butterfly first, then the larger butterfly.

Use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch with the 6 1/4 x 2 inch Whisper White CS to make the bookmark. Tip: This punch is a little different. I do flip it upside down so I can see where the paper is, but you need to squeeze it firmly and quickly to make it punch the paper. It may be better to squeeze with both hands.

Gather all the pieces as shown above to make the bookmark.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 inch DSP to the Whisper White CS bookmark.

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment and the small butterfly. Adhere these to the bookmark.