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

Running Free

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope that video was helpful.

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

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

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

Continue to add trees until you like the horizon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next, adhere the stamped horse card piece.

Adhere the entire piece to the Whisper White card base.

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

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

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

Posted in beginner stamper, Birthday, Cake, Photopolymer, Simple stamping

Happy Birthday Cake

Hello fellow stampers! Today I have a wonderful Birthday cake card for you!

This is the second in a series of 3 cake cards and is made with Stampin’ Up!’s Piece of Cake stamp set. Let’s get started!

Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches, Flirty Flamingo 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Whisper White 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches and 3 x 1/2 inches. You will also need one of the Pearlized Doilies.

I will be using the Flirty Flamingo and Smoky Slate ink pads and the Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers in Dark Flirty Flamingo, Light Mango Melody and Light Smoky Slate. I will also use Memento ink (not pictured).

The first stamp is the little bunch of swirled lollipops. Who remembers getting those at the State Fair as a kid? I do! Stamp the lollipops in different directions all around the Flirty Flamingo card piece. Keep in mind that a small heart will need to fit in between the lollipops, so do not stamp them too close together. Tip: Remember to use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat for the Photopolymer stamps

Now use the small heart to fill in between the lollipops. This is the background for your card, your own Designer Series Paper!

Adhere this to the Whisper White card base.

The cake platter is stamped in Smoky Slate. Stamp towards the bottom so there is enough room for cake and candles.

Stamp the cake in Flirty Flamingo.

And now the candles in Flirty Flamingo.

I used the Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker to color the icing.

Now color the candles in Dark Flirty Flamingo.

For the flames I used the Light Mango Melody Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker.

The shadow on the platter is done in the Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker.

Using Memento ink, stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment onto the Whisper White strip on the right hand side.

Cut a banner end first by cutting the middle, then from each corner to the middle.

Apply the Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the cake.

Place the doily slightly to the right and adhere to the Flirty Flamingo card piece. Adhere the cake piece on top of the doily.

Apply the Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the “Happy Birthday” sentiment strip.

Adhere the “Happy Birthday” sentiment strip to the right side of the card front.

And now you have a wonderful Happy Birthday card! That went by so quickly, don’t you think? Remember how special it feels for someone to remember your birthday? Pass that feeling on to someone today and give them this card!

The Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration Sale is still running strong! Some of the free products have run out! Don’t delay any further as this sale is only until March 31, 2019. Place your order today! Remember that for every $50 you may choose a free Sale-a-bration product from the Sale-a-bration brochure. There are also some choices for spending $100. One new choice is the Painted Seasons bundle #150349. Please see my Facebook post at Theresa’s Treasures Arts and Crafts from February 21, 2019 for an example from that bundle. If you have any trouble ordering, please private message me on my Facebook page and I will be glad to help.

The Stampin’ Up! products I used today include: Stamp Set: Piece of Cake #148610; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Flirty Flamingo #141416; Ink: Flirty Flamingo #147052, Smoky Slate #147113 and Memento #132708; Clear Blocks: A #118487, B #117147, and D #118485; Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers: Dark Flirty Flamingo #147032, Light Mango Melody #147943 and Light Smoky Slate #145054; Pearlized Doily #146936; Stampin’ Piece Mat #126199; Paper Snips #103579; Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

Posted in beginner stamper, Cake, Occasions Catalog 2019

Cake is the Answer!

Today is a very gloomy day outside and we are supposed to get a big snow storm. To top it off I have caught a sinus cold and I feel miserable. Good thing there is card making to be done to take my mind off of everything! When I get to making and creating cards, the time just flies by and I feel exhilarated!

Today is the first in a series of three cards made with Stampin’Up!’s Piece of Cake stamp set. Today’s card is very easy and simple to make.

This is the stamp set I will be using. There are many possibilities for the cake and the occasion. We will be making the card above as well as a birthday card and a wedding card in the next blog posts.

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

I will also be using Memento ink, and the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers in Light Flirty Flamingo, Dark Flirty Flamingo and Light Mango Melody (not pictured) .

The first step is to lay the sentiment on the strip of Whisper White to be able to get the sentence straight. Once you have it straight, press the clear block over the Photopolymer stamp to adhere it. Now use the Memento ink and stamp the sentiment to the right side of the Whisper White strip. Tip: Always use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat with the Photopolymer stamps to get the best image.

Using the Memento ink, stamp the cake and the platter onto the 3 x 3 inch piece of Whisper White.

There is a Cake Builder punch but it will not be available to order again until March 18, 2019. It was overwhelmingly popular. So we are going to fussy cut the platter and cake with the Paper Snips. Leave a 2-3 mm border around the outside line of the image.

Use the Light Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker to color the stripes and the smaller circles.

Use the Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker to color the larger circles and the layers.

Place the strip of Flirty Flamingo on the card just below half-way. Hold the cake in place and use a pencil to draw a light line where the top of the cake is.

Use the Memento ink to stamp the candles just at the pencil mark.

Use the Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker to color the candles.

Use the Light Mango Melody Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker to color the flames.

Adhere the sentiment strip to the Flirty Flamingo strip.

Adhere the strip about 1/4 inches below the candles.

Use the Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the cake and the platter.

Adhere the cake then the platter.

That was a quick and easy card that I hope you will enjoy making. It is a wonderful card to send when wanting to just send a hello or quick note and is sure to put a smile on the recipients face!

In the next post we will be making a Birthday card, so I hope you will join me!

Stampin’ UP! Sale-a-bration is going on until March 31, 2019 but some of the free choices have already run out, so don’t delay in making your order. For every $50 ordered you can choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration brochure. The Butterfly Elements, Lovely Lipstick and Grapefruit Foil sheets and the Precious Parcel card kit have run out.

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp set: Piece of Cake #148610; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Flirty Flamingo #141416; Ink: Memento #132708; Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers: Flirty Flamingo combo #147278 and Light Mango Melody #147943; Clear Blocks: D #118485 and I #118488; Paper snips #103579; Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199; Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals #144108.