Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, encouragement, Friendship, Love/Affection, Nature, Outdoors, Photopolymer, Sea, Simple stamping, Sponge Dauber, Sunset

Sending Sunshine Stampin’ Up!®

The card for today will be a #simplestamping card because I will use only stamps, ink and paper (and a punch). There is a set of stamps made by Stampin’ Up! to help you easily create your own scenes. Sending Sunshine is the one I will use today. The other similar stamp sets are My Meadow and Snow Front. All of these sets are in the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

This really is a very simple card to create. You will be surprised.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches (card base), 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches and 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches; Balmy Blue CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches.

Use the Memento Black Ink to stamp the sentiment “Hoping Your Day is Perfect” onto the 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Take care to position the stamped sentiment so that you can punch it out with the 2 inch Circle Punch.

Lay the layers of the card on the card front and position the sentiment. Move it slightly downward and trace the edge. This will help make sure that the scene is positioned properly.

Place the 2 3/4 x 3 2/4 inch Whisper White CS on the Stampin’ Pierce Mat. When using the Photopolymer stamps (the see-through ones) you need a slight cushion. You could also use your catalog. I cover my Pierce Mat with white scrap paper to avoid getting ink on it. I put the black paper down so you could see the card piece better. Stamp the smaller water onto the Whisper White CS. I placed mine slightly to the right so that it would not be covered by the sentiment later.

Apply the Daffodil Delight ink to the bottom portion of the setting sun stamp. Apply the Calypso Coral ink only to the upper portion by placing the stamp on the edge of the ink pad.

Carefully line up the setting sun and the horizon of the water. Mine is a little too high, but I opted to just let it be. (It’s the little imperfections that make a handmade card special!)

Use the Granny Apple Green ink to stamp the larger branch of leaves. Add some of the smaller branches to make the trees more full.

I added some faint clouds with the Balmy Blue ink by first stamping onto my scrap paper, then stamping onto the card piece. This is called Stamping Off.

To help the sentiment stand out a little, I used a Sponge Dauber with Balmy Blue ink to sponge the edge.

Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Balmy Blue CS to the Whisper White CS card base, then adhere your stamped card piece. I prefer to use the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue because when I first put the card piece down, I can wiggle it a little to make sure it is straight.

Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and put it in place on the card front being sure to cover the pencil marks.

The card is finished. However, if you would like to add a little Bling! you could use the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush on the water to make it sparkle.

Viola! See how quick and simple that was! Experiment with different colors and combinations of the stamps from the Sending Sunshine stamp set, or combine it with the My Meadow or Snow Front. There are endless possibilities to the scenes you can create!

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Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Designer Series Paper, encouragement, Friendship, Love/Affection, Nature, Simple stamping

Stamping on Designer Series Paper with Forever Fern Wishing You Happiness

These beautiful colorful cards are so easy to make! The leaves come from the Forever Fern stamp set and the sentiments are from So Sentimental. Both of these sets are so versatile. The So Sentimental has several great sentiments in addition to those in the photo, including “hello baby”, “healing hugs”, “for you”, and “this calls for confetti”.

Here is the card I will demonstrate today. The colors are Magenta Madness, Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss and Balmy Blue.

Measurements: Rich Razzleberry Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches: Whisper White CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 2 1/2 x 3 inches; Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP): 4 x 5 1/4 inches; and Balmy Blue CS: 2 5/8 x 3 1/8 inches.

Stamp the sentiment “Wishing you much happiness today and always” from the So Sentimental stamp set in Blackberry Bliss ink onto the 2 1/2 x 3 inch Whisper White CS. Then use the Blackberry Bliss ink and the largest bunch of leaves from the Forever Fern stamp set and stamp the leaves to frame the sentiment. Be sure to use a scrap paper underneath so you don’t stamp on your table! Our nickname for Blackberry Bliss is Blackberry Mess!

Next use the Balmy Blue ink to stamp a smaller bunch of flowers on the upper left corner, and the Magenta Madness ink to stamp the berry design on the lower right corner of the sentiment. This creates a little frame around the sentiment.

Use the Blackberry Bliss ink and the larger bunch of leaves to stamp onto the Artistry Blooms DSP. I tried to visualize where the sentiment will be and use that as a focal point for the end of the stems.

Next use the Magenta Madness ink to stamp the berry design, and the Balmy Blue ink to stamp the smaller bunch of leaves. I continued to use the focal point for the ends of the stems. On some I turned the stamp around and stamped with the stem off the edge of the paper to fill in the blank spots.

I wanted to make the inside a little more fancy. I started on the top of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS with the Blackberry Bliss ink and the large bunch of leaves, and worked down the right side. I used the Balmy Blue ink with the small bunch of leaves and then the Magenta Madness with the berry design on the bottom.

Adhere the stamped Whisper White CS panel to the inside of the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch Rich Razzleberry CS card base. Use you Bone Folder to fold the card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line so you get a nice crisp fold.

Adhere the stamped sentiment card piece to the 2 5/8 x 3 1/8 inch Balmy Blue CS. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals or the new Foam Adhesive Sheets on the back. Tip: If you have arthritis in you fingers, I have found that cutting the Adhesive Sheets into 1/4 inch strips is much easier to use than the little hexagonal Stampin’ Dimensionals. I just have a hard time peeling of the backs of those hexagons!

Adhere the stamped DSP to the front of the Rich Razzleberry card base, then add the sentiment card piece to the middle of the front.

And now for some Bling! I am so in love with the Artistry Blooms Self Adhesive Sequins Pack because there are 4 colors with 2 different sizes! They go with just about everything! To easily transfer the sequin I use the Take Your Pick tool. I slide the pointed end under the adhesive on the back of the sequin and than just set it down where I want it, apply a little pressure, and it sticks in place.

Viola! You have stamped on Designer Series Paper to make a wonderful, colorful card to wish some happiness to someone!

I really appreciate that you stopped by today. I hope you enjoyed the card and will give it a try. Experiment with different papers and stamps to see what you like. There are so many possiblities!

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Here’s wishing you happiness today and everyday!

Theresa

Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Masking Technique, Simple stamping, Sympathy

Touched My Heart Sympathy Card

Touched My Heart is a Host stamp set that you can earn when you host a Stampin’ Up!® Party. I still remember the Stampin’ Up! Party I went to many years ago. I have the first card I made displayed in my craft room. I just fell in love with the idea of making my own handmade cards!

This card is a SIP card- stamps, ink and paper. And there is only one color of ink- Basic Grey. Let’s get stamping!

Measurements: Smoky slate Card Stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch card base with a score line at 4 1/4 inches and 2 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: two 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and one 2 5/8 x 4 1/8 inches.

First thing to do is stamping! Use the Basic Grey ink with the leaf design in the Touched My Heart stamp set to stamp on each corner of one 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inch Whisper White CS as shown.

Switch to the straight leaves and stamp them in the Basic Grey ink on either side of the first stamp.

Using the single leaf and the Basic Grey ink, stamp 3 times in the corner.

Repeat the stamping identically on the other 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inch Whisper White. One piece with be the inside of the card, and one will go on the outside of the card.

Stamp the sentiment “With Sympathy” in Basic Grey ink onto the 2 5/8 x 4 1/8 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp in the lower right hand corner.

This stamping uses a Masking Technique. Use a piece of sticky note paper to cover the sentiment. Stamp the heart image in Basic Grey ink over the top of the masked sentiment as shown. Let dry then remove the sticky note mask. Cool Trick!

Add the butterfly if desired.

Adhere one of the stamped 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inch Whisper White CS to the inside and one on the card front.

Adhere the sentiment piece to the 2 3/4 x 4 1/4 inch Basic Grey CS.

Adhere the sentiment piece to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Viola! You have made a heartfelt sympathy card. Hopefully it will be a long time before you will have to send one off to someone.

Alternatively, you could add a hint of color. I used the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers in light Petal Pink, light Mint Macaron, and light and dark Purple Posy.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope all is going well with you and your family. For us, school at home just started and it is not going well. Very stressful. I am glad I can craft and keep myself sane!

If you would like to learn more about Stampin’ Up!® parties, please send me an email at theresastreasures.az@gmail.com. You can also learn more on my Stampin’ Up! Website HERE and clicking on the HOST tab.

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Theresa

Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, flowers, Friendship, Gratitude/ Thanks, Stamping-off technique, Two-step stamping

Inspiring Iris for Appreciating Somebody Who Makes Everybody Feel Like Somebody #simplestamping

I believe you can always add some sunshine to your day by thanking somebody. Gratitude has a way of not only making the recipient feel good, but also the well-wisher. Today’s card is a super simple and beautiful card to send out a word of thanks.

The Inspiring Iris is a Two Step Stamp. I love the beautiful script font the sentiments are written in. This card is a Simple Stamping card because it uses primarily ink, stamps and paper.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch card base with a score line at 4 1/4 inches, two 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches; Gorgeous Grape CS: 2 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches; and 6 x 6 inch Designer Series Paper Assortments-Brights-Gorgeous Grape: 2 x 4 inches.

Use Memento Black ink to stamp the outline of the irises onto the 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Be sure to use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat or a catalog. Stamp the leaves in Granny Apple Green ink. Do not worry that the leaves do not exactly line up. Being offset a little is part of the design. i think this looked best when I tried lining up the top of the stems.

Stamp the body of the irises in Gorgeous Grape ink.

Stamp the sentiment “Thanks” in Gorgeous Grape ink onto the card piece with the irises. Then stamp the sentiment “You are somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody” in Gorgeous Grape ink onto one of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS.

To fancy up the inside of the card, stamp the little flowers in Gorgeous Grape ink. The two darker flowers are stamped at full strength and the lighter one is Stamped Off. The center of the flower is Stamped Off for the darker flowers, and at full strength for the lighter Stamped Off flower. The body of the leaves is stamped in Granny Apple Green without using an outline.

Adhere the 2 3/4 x 4 1/2 inch Gorgeous Grape CS to the left side of the second 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS, keeping the distance from the edge of the Whisper White equal on 3 sides, about 1/4 inch. Adhere the 2 x 4 inch Gorgeous Grape Designer Series Paper to the right side, about 1/4 inch from the right edge.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the irises. Alternatively, the iris piece can be adhered flat to the card front.

Fold the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch Whisper White CS card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line and use the Bone Folder to get a crisp fold. Adhere the iris card piece to the front of the card, then adhere the whole piece to the front of the card base.

Adhere the card piece with the sentiment to the inside of the card base.

Viola! That is all there is to making this wonderful card! You can stop here or….

You can add a little Bling! The Pearl Basic Jewels are great for this card.

I used the Take Your Pick tool to transfer 3 Pearl Basic Jewels in decreasing size to the lower left corner of the Gorgeous Grape CS.

Viola! Same wonderful card now with a little Bling! Either way, this is a nice card to send to someone to thank them for being a great person!

Thank you so much for coming by today and learning how to put together this beautiful card. Please leave a comment below letting me know what you think.

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Theresa

Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, flowers, Get Well, Masking Technique, Simple stamping

Get Well with Blossoms in Bloom

The colors for the card today were inspired by a recent sunset here in Bisbee Arizona. We often have fiery yellow, orange and red sunsets. This one was a little different being in pink and purple hues.

The beautiful pinks and purples in this card are sure to lift someone’s spirits.

Measurements: Rich Razzleberry Card Stock (CS) card base: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: two 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 1/2 x 6 inches. Stampin’ Up! ink colors: Rococo Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake, Bumble Bee.

I want to show you a trick using a variation of the Masking Technique. With this technique you can use just a part of the stamp. I have the stamp upside down so I can apply the ink and see that it is applied evenly. I applied Rococo Rose ink to the part I did not want to use and stamped it on a sticky note. (Hover over the underlined words for a definition).

I repeated the process for the flower on the bottom left.

Cut very close to the edge on the portion that abuts the rest of the stamp. Tape the images upside down onto the stamp with painters tape. Note: the sticky note images are mirror images of the original stamp. That is why they need to be upside down to match the stamp.

Apply Rococo Rose ink to the stamp including over the sticky paper. Remove the sticky paper carefully so you do not disturb the ink on the rest of the stamp.

Now when you stamp the image onto one of the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Whisper White CS, the flower that was covered with the sticky paper will not stamp onto the paper. Cool, eh?

For the stamp in the upper right-hand corner, I just rotated the stamp to get the image I wanted.

I added some small leaves in Granny Apple Green ink. The smaller flowers are stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink. The center to the large flower is stamped in Crumb Cake ink after Stamping Off once.

The center of the smaller flower is stamped in Bumble Bee ink. I stamped the tiny flowers in Blackberry Bliss ink. I had so much fun creating this bouquet! Note: Initially I Stamped Off the center of the smaller flowers, but then felt it was too light. I went back and stamped at full strength. Try it both ways and you decide which you like.

Stamp the sentiment “Get Well Soon” onto the 1/2 inch Whisper White CS strip and use the Timeless Label Punch as shown to get the rounded ends.

Now for the inside of the card. On the second 5 1/4 x 4 inch Whisper White CS, stamp the large bunch of flowers in Rococo Rose ink down the right side of the CS. Add the leaves in Granny Apple Green ink.

Finish the bouquet using the same ink colors as you did for the card front.

Adhere the card front to the front panel of the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Rich Razzleberry CS. Be sure to use your Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Adhere the inside panel.

I adhered the sentiment to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. However, I decided I did not like it because it was too small. To remove it, I used the Paper Snips to snip each of the Dimensionals and remove the sentiment. Often you can then carefully remove the Dimensionals so that it looks like nothing was ever there.

I stamped the sentiment “Get Well Soon” onto a 1 x 6 inch piece of Whisper White CS and added some of the tiny flowers and leaves.

I adhered the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I felt this looked a lot better.

Viola! Here is a nice cheerful Get Well card! This is better than sending flowers because the card will last forever! (Actually, I would still like the flowers too.)

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you are doing well and staying safe.

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Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Birthday, flowers, Simple stamping, Stamping-off technique

Simple Stamping with Blossoms in Bloom Birthday Card

Believe it or not, this card is made only with stamping! The Blossoms in Bloom stamp set by Stampin’ Up! lends itself to some beautiful bouquets. And the sentiments make this set so versatile! The colors were inspired by Lorraine’s Color Challenge. The colors are so bright and cheerful!

Measurements: Calypso Coral Card Stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 11 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: two 5 1/4 x 4 inches and a 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch strip. The ink colors I used are: Mango Melody, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Bumble Bee and Magenta Madness.

For the large blooms stamp, I apply the ink with the stamp upside down on the table. I find it to be easier to see that the ink is evenly applied.

Stamp onto the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Whisper White CS using Mango Melody ink. Use the heel of your hand to apply even pressure to the center of the blooms to help the ink go onto the paper more evenly.

I added the center of the Mango Melody flowers in Calypso Coral ink. The center is Stamped Off. Next, the leaves are stamped in Granny Apple Green ink.

The five-petaled flowers are stamped in Magenta Madness ink. There are two different designs for the five-petaled flowers. I did the three in the middle with one design, and the two on the outer edges with the other design. Stamp the center of the five-petaled flowers in Bumble Bee ink. I did not Stamp Off but later thought that may look better.

I stamped the tiny five-petaled flowers in Calypso Coral ink. There are also two designs for the tiny five-petaled flowers. I just mixed them as I stamped. I tried to stick with an odd number of each of the colors of flowers. Generally, the odd number is more pleasing to the eye than an even number.

The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is stamped in Calypso Coral ink. I trimmed the strip of Whisper White CS, then cut a banner end as shown.

Adhere the stamped card piece to the front of the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Calypso Coral CS. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment.

I used the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots to add a little embellishment next to the sentiment. I find it easy to transfer the small dots with the Take Your Pick tool.

For this card I decided to stamp the inside panel as well. Start with the Mango Melody ink and the large blooms stamp. I stamped a little to the side so there would be space for writing.

I added the center for the Mango Melody flowers in Calypso Coral after Stamping Off. The leaves are in Granny Apple Green ink. The center of the Magenta Madness five-petaled flowers is stamped in Bumble Bee ink after Stamping Off.

Add the tiny five-petaled flowers in Calypso Coral ink.

Adhere the inside card piece to the inside of the Calypso Coral CS card base.

And Viola! you have a brightly colored Happy Birthday card to send to someone special! This card is sure to send some cheer!

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