Posted in #simplestamping, beginner stamper, Friendship, Love/Affection, Mini Catalog 2020

Parisian Blossoms -Love is in the Air

Hello! Hope your day is going better than mine. I am having technical difficulties today, but I believe I have everything worked out.

This is a very simple card that was inspired by a swap I received from my friend Jeanne. I just love the pastel colors and the sparkly ribbon.

The Parisian Beauty stamp set is in the Stampin’ Up! 2020 Mini-Catalog. It is part of the Parisian Blossoms Suite that includes matching Parisian Blossoms Designer Series Paper, Petal Pink Metallic Edged Ribbon and Champagne Rhinestones (as well as a Parisian Flourish Embossing Folder and Parisian Dies).

Measurements: Whisper White Cardstock (CS) Card base 81/2 x 51/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches and 5 3/8 x 2 1/2 inches; Petal Pink CS 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches; Basic Black CS 5 3/8 x 1 inches (you need two); and Designer Series Paper (DSP) 4 1/4 x 1 inches (you need two). I did not have the Parisian Blossoms DSP so I used the Bird Ballad DSP from the Annual Catalog.

Use Smoky Slate Ink to stamp the Eiffel Tower onto the 5 3/8 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White CS. Stamp the Eiffel Tower near the top to allow room for the sentiment and ribbon.

Stamp the sentiment “You’re the joy of my life” in Smoky Slate ink on the very bottom of the panel to allow room for the ribbon.

Whenever I use the Tombow Multipurpose Glue I use the Silicon Craft mat to help keep the glue off of my table. Adhere the two Basic Black 1 inch strips to the back of the Eiffel Tower panel.

Tie a bow around the bottom.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Eiffel Tower panel. I cut the Dimensionals in half to make them last longer. Set the card piece aside.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the Whisper White CS card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Adhere the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch Petal Pink card piece to the front of the card base.

Adhere the 4 1/2 x 1 inch DSP panels to the Petal Pink card piece as shown.

Peel off the backs of the Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhere to the card front, lining the Eiffel Tower panel up with the Petal Pink panel.

And Viola! you have a fun card to express your love to a special someone!

This is the best time of year to order products from Stampin’ Up! because it is Sale-a-bration! That means for every $50 of product you order, you may choose from a Sale-a-bration Brochure and receive FREE PRODUCT! There are stamp sets, Designer Series Paper, sequins and twine and even an embossing folder! Go to my website at https://theresastreasures.stampinup.net/ and select the Shop Now button to reach my online store. If you need any assistance please email me at theresastreasures.az@gmail.com.

Stampin’ Up! Products used include: Stamp Set: Parisian Beauty #151466; Paper: Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Petal Pink #146985 and Basic Black #121045, Designer Series Paper: Bird Ballad #149592; Ink: Smoky Slate #147113; Clear Blocks:
C #118486 and E #118484; Bone Folder: #102300; Silicon Craft Mat #127853; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: Petal Pink 1/4 inch Metallic Edge Ribbon #151194.

Posted in #simplestamping, 3D Technique, beginner stamper, flowers, Mini Catalog 2020, Punch

Quick Timeless Tulips Note Cards and Tips

Hello fellow stampers. Sometimes I need to replenish my supply of cards that can be used for a variety of occasions. I like a quick and simple card for this purpose.

These cards are fun and quick to make. I made several different colors in no time!

I loved making these tulip cards so much I made a lot! I figured I could use them for Sympathy, Get Well, Birthday and Thank you cards.

The card I am going to demonstrate today is the one in the Stampin’ Up! color Daffodil Delight.

The stamp set is the Stampin’ Up! Timeless Tulips.

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches and 5 x 3 3/4 inches: Daffodil Delight Card stock: 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

The tulip stamp looks better if the ink is not too wet. Tip: Use the Bone Folder to move the ink to the side.

Stamp the largest tulip in the center, then add the smaller tulips. Leave some space between the tulips so that you have room for the leaves.

Tip: In order to keep the stem stamp in the right configuration, I laid it on the Pierce Mat and then picked it up with the block instead of trying to place it on the block. Use this stamp to stamp a stem for the tulip on the right.

Tip: Another way to make sure the stamp is going to stamp a good image, is to put it where you are going to want the image to be, then use the block to pick it up.

Stamp the stem for the middle tulip and the bud on the left.

Now gradually add the leaves. Tip: An odd number of leaves will be more pleasing to the eye than an even number. I added two of the fatter leaf and two of the skinny leaf.

I then added the other skinny leaf to make an odd number of leaves.

Adhere the stamped tulip piece to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock. Adhere this card piece to the front of the Whisper White card stock card base.

And Viola! you have a note card to use in just about any situation that may arise!

This is a very basic card. You can dress it up a little if you wish.

You can add a sentiment.

You can use the Tulip Builder Punch to make the card 3-D.

Lastly you can always add some Bling! I used the Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

I hope you enjoyed this card. If you would like to make one for yourself, visit my store. The products are listed below. The stamp set is in the new 2020 Mini Catalog.

Shop here: https://theresastreasures.stampinup.net/

Stampin’ Up! products used: Stamp Set: Timeless Tulips #151534*; Punch: Tulip Builder # 151295*; Paper: Whisper White #100730 and Daffodil Delight #119683; Ink: Daffodil Delight #147094, Granny Apple Green #147095 and Memento Black #132708; Clear Blocks: B #117147, C #118486, D #118485 and H #118490; Bone Folder #102300; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Champagne Basic Rhinestone Jewels #151193. *The stamp set and punch come together in a bundle for a savings of 10% : Timeless Tulips Bundle #153793.

I hope you have a great day and do something creative!

Posted in beginner stamper, encouragement, Friendship, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Happy New Year! Follow Your Dreams in 2020!

I know a lot of people do not make New Years resolutions. I do. I like to take this opportunity to take a hard look at my life: what am I doing? what do I want to do? what do I want to change? These thoughts inspired this card.

This card just looks so hopeful and magical! It inspires me to try to make my dreams come true!

This card is made using the Stampin’ Up! Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches, 3 3/4 x 3 inches and 4 x 1 1/2 inches; Seaside Spray cardstock 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches; Gorgeous Grape cardstock 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches.

Use Gorgeous Grape ink to stamp the sentiment “Make your dreams come true” onto the 4 x 1 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock. Leave space on the sides to allow for punching it out.

Still using the Gorgeous Grape ink, stamp the filigree onto the 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inch piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock.

I stamped around the edges near the upper right and lower left corners.

Use Memento ink to stamp the unicorn onto the 3 3/4 x 3 inch piece of Whisper White. Tip: Use the Memento ink whenever you want to color with the Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers.

I decided to color the mane and tail with the Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers in Light Highland Heather, Light Seaside Spray and Light Mint Macaron.

Starting with the Light Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Marker I colored the horn, mane and tail.

Next I colored with the Seaside Spray Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Marker. I colored the mane and the tail.

Lastly I colored the remaining portions of the horn, mane and tail with the Light Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Marker.

I used the Light Basic Black Stampin’ Blend Alcohol marker for the hooves.

The shadows were enhanced with the Light Smokey Slate Stampin’ Blend Alcohol marker.

Now for some fun with bling! The Wink of Stella Glitter brush is wonderful!

Follow the instructions to start using your pen. There is a black ring that needs to be removed before the glitter will come out. Gently brush the unicorn body with the Wink of Stella until it sparkles. It is hard to appreciate the sparkle in the photo.

Use the Timeless Label punch to punch out the sentiment.

Tip: I lay my punch on the table and use the heel of my hand to depress it firmly and quickly.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the Whisper White cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base at the 4 1/4 inch scoreline. The Bone Folder helps to make a crisp fold.

Adhere the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch piece of Seaside Spray to the front of the Whisper White card base. Next adhere the stamped piece of Gorgeous Grape.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and the unicorn pieces. Tip: I cut my Dimensionals in half to make them last longer.

Adhere the unicorn to the card front leaving space for the sentiment.

I had put the Stampin’ Dimensionals in the middle of the back of the sentiment. With the unicorn raised up with Dimensionals, that did not look right. I moved the Dimensionals down to the bottom edge and that looked a lot nicer.

And Viola! you have a very glittery card to inspire someone!

I wish you a very Happy New Year! I hope you can find more time to craft because it is so relaxing and helps me stay sane and positive. I wish the same for you! May this coming year be your best yet!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Leave a Little Sparkle #149292; Paper: Whisper White #100730, Seaside Spray #150883, and Gorgeous Grape #146987; Ink: Gorgeous Grape #147099 and Memento #132708; Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers: Light Highland Heather #146881, Light Seaside Spray #149567, Light Mint Macaron #147020, Light Basic Black #147940 and Light Smokey Slate #145054; Punch: Timeless Label #149516; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Bone Folder #102300; Clear Blocks: D #118485 and E #118484; Wink of Stella Glitter Brush #141897.

Posted in beginner stamper, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Mini Catalog 2020

Thank You Tag card

In the aftermath of Christmas, there are many thank yous to be written. The following is a slightly different type of card. I hope you like it!

This card is made using the new Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee stamp set and the free Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series paper (DSP). These products will be available on January 3, 2020 from the Mini Catalog. See more about getting the free paper at the end of the card instructions.

This stamp set is so cute!

I also used the Healing Hugs stamp set that is available in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch card base, 5 x 3 3/4 inches and 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches; Bermuda Bay cardstock 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Pineapple Punch cardstock 4 x 2 3/4 inches and 1 1/2 x 3 inches; Golden Honey Specialty DSP two of 3 3/4 x 3 inches.

Using Memento ink, stamp the small honey bee onto the 1 1/2 x 3 inch piece of Pineapple Punch cardstock. Set aside.

Using Pineapple Punch ink, stamp the rose from the Healing Hugs stamp set onto the top of the 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock.

I did not like the way the rose stamped on the first try because the detail was not as obvious as I would like. The Healing Hugs stamps are Distinctive. This means they are more like a photo. Tip: Sometimes the image looks better when the ink pad is not so wet. You can use the bone folder to temporarily move the ink to the side. The image has more detail when stamped this way. (I just flipped the paper over to re-stamp the image).

Use the Memento ink to stamp the “Thank You” sentiment just under the Pineapple Punch rose. The sentiment is from the Love What You Do stamp set in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

You will need to cut the two pieces of the Golden Honey DSP as shown.

You will be using the two pieces on the bottom.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock to the 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Apply adhesive only to the square edge of the Golden Honey DSP piece and adhere to the 5 x 3 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White so that the triangles overlap in front and make a pocket.

Adhere the stamped rose and sentiment piece to the 4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Pineapple Punch cardstock.

Slide the tag into the pocket as shown.

Fussy cut the honey bee with your Paper Snips.

Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the back of the honey bee.

Adhere the honey bee to the rose.

Make a bow with the 1/4 inch Mini Striped Ribbon in Bermuda Bay. Adhere to the card with a glue dot.

And Viola! you have a really cute thank you note. I hope you enjoy your New Year’s Eve. Stay safe! See you next year!

How to get free stuff. Stampin’ Up! has a promotion called Saleabration from January 3, 2020 until March 31, 2020. During this time, for every $50 you order, you can choose a product from the Saleabration Brochure. The free product I used today is the Golden Honey Specialty DSP. There are also stamp sets, embellishments and framelits to choose from. You may order from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog or (starting January 3, 2020) you may order from the Mini Catalog. If you would like a paper catalog, please let me know via email at theresastreasures.az@gmail.com.

Stampin’ Up! products used included: Stamp Sets: Honey Bee #151527, Healing Hugs #148223 and Love What You Do #148042; Paper: Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Bermuda Bay #131197 and Pineapple Punch #146971; Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper #152311; Ink: Memento #132708 and Pineapple Punch #147141; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Glue Dots #103683 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Ribbon: 1/4 inch Mini Striped Ribbon in Bermuda Bay #146939; Clear Blocks: A #118487 and D #118485; and Paper snips #103579.

Posted in 3D Technique, Christmas, Holiday Catalog 2019

Handmade Brightly Gleaming Christmas Ornament

Well it is Christmas Eve! Luckily I have gotten all the shopping done and have started to wrap some gifts. I am very fortunate and Blessed to have all 4 of my children here for Christmas this year!

Today’s post is a little different. It’s an ornament! It is made using Stampin’ Up!’s Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack. It looks difficult, but it really isn’t if you just go step by step. This is a long post but not a difficult one.

Measurements: 12 x 12 inches of 2 designs from the Brightly Gleaming DSP; an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of Pretty Peacock card stock; a piece of the Brightly Gleaming DSP with 2 ornaments on it to use in the center of the ornament; 2 1/4 x 4 inch of Very Vanilla and 2 x 4 inch of Copper Foil.

In addition to the Gleaming Ornament Punch Pack, you will need a 2 inch circle punch, a 1 3/8 inch scalloped circle punch and a 1 inch circle punch.

Punch 30 of the larger ornaments, 20 of the Pretty Peacock small ornaments and 10 of the Brightly Gleaming DSP small ornament.

Also punch a 2 inch circle from the Very Vanilla and two 1 3/8 inch scalloped circles from the Copper Foil.

Punch two of the ornaments out of the Brightly Gleaming DSP with the 1 inch circle punch. (Boy! My table is getting scratched!)

The next step involves making a scoreline down the center of each of the punched ornaments. Stampin’ Up! has a Simply Scored Scoring Tool to make this very easy to do.

Just line the larger ornament piece up and use the tool to make a score line down the center. This makes it much easier to fold the ornament pieces in half.

Do the same for the smaller ornament pieces.

Fold 3 of the larger ornament pieces in half.

Tip: Use the Silicon Craft Sheet when gluing all the pieces together. Nothing sticks to it!

Apply the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue to one side of a folded ornament piece. Adhere a second ornament piece to the first one.

Adhere the third ornament piece to the side of the second. You will have a 3-D 3 piece ornament. Repeat until you have ten 3 piece ornaments.

Fold all of the smaller ornament pieces. For this 3 piece ornament, you will adhere the Pretty Peacock ornament piece on either side of the Brightly Gleaming DSP ornament piece.

Here is the completed smaller 3 piece ornament. Repeat until you have ten 3 piece ornaments.

You will have ten of each type of ornament.

Place the 2 inch Very Vanilla card stock circle on the Silicon Craft Sheet. Lay two of the larger ornaments down to get your placement.

Lay down 3 more pieces for placement. You will have a star shape after all 5 pieces are placed. The other 5 pieces are for the other side of the completed ornament.

Lift up one ornament at a time and apply the glue to the upper portion. Adhere each piece to the Very Vanilla circle.

Here is the front and the back after the 5 pieces have been glued to the Very Vanilla 2 inch circle.

Lay the smaller ornament pieces in between the larger ornaments. You may need to pinch the one with the design a little to slide the piece in.

Take one of the small ornaments out at a time and apply the glue to the upper half. Adhere to the ornament.

Here is what the front and the back look like after all of the pieces for one side are glued in place.

Cut a 10 inch piece of the 1/4 inch Copper Trim, fold in half and tape to the back of the ornament as shown. This will be the hanger.

Apply glue to the back of the larger 3 piece ornament, line it up with the top ornament piece, and hold in place for 10 seconds.

Be sure the points line up.

Adhere one at a time until all 5 of the larger 3 piece ornaments are in place.

Apply glue to each of the smaller 3 piece ornaments one at a time and adhere being sure the points line up.

Now you have all the 3 piece ornament pieces in place!

We will use the Stampin’ Dimensionals to create the center of the ornament.

Apply one Stampin’ Dimensional for the first layer. Remove the protective sheet and apply 3 Stampin’ Dimensionals for the second layer.

Remove the protective sheets and apply a third layer with 3 more Stampin’ Dimensionals. Remove the protective sheet and adhere one of the scalloped Copper Foil circles to the center.

Repeat for the other side then gently squeeze together.

Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the center of the 1 inch circle ornament.

Adhere the 1 inch ornament to the center of the 1 3/8 inch Copper Foil scalloped circle.

Tie a 12 inch piece of the 1/4 inch Copper Trim around the hanger at the top of the ornament. Flip the ornament over and tie a second 12 inch piece around the top.

Tie the first side into a bow, then flip the ornament and tie the second piece in a bow.

And Viola! you have a very unique handmade ornament for your tree or to gift to someone else! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

I hope you enjoyed seeing how this ornament is put together. Please leave a comment and let me know how I am doing with this blog. I have been blogging for 1 year and would love any feedback you have. Thanks in advance!

There is still time to shop the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Holiday Catalog until January 2, 2020. If you would like to order, please select the “shop now-click here for my store” button on this blog and you will be taken to my online store.

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Punches: Gleaming Ornament Punch Pack #150647, 2 inch circle #133782, 1 inch circle #119868, 1 3/8 inch scalloped circle #146139; Paper: Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper #150429, Very Vanilla card stock #101650, Pretty Peacock card stock #150880 and Copper Foil #140020; Ribbon: 1/4 inch Copper Trim #144179; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Silicon Craft Sheet #127853; Simply Scoring Tool #122334.

Posted in beginner stamper, Blender Pen, Christmas, Designer Series Paper, Holiday Catalog 2019

Brightly Gleaming Stack of Presents

Hi there! It is only one more week until Christmas and I still haven’t gotten my cards in the mail! I have just now printed out our little family newsletter, so I am one step closer. In case you are also a bit behind schedule, here is a quick and simple card that looks really nice.

This card uses the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper(DSP) and the Christmas Gleaming stamp set from Stampin’ Up!.

Measurements: Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches and a 4 x 2 inch piece; Copper Foil: 3 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches, 2 5/8 x 1 5/8 inches, 2 1/8 x 1 1/8 inches and 2 x 4 inches; Brightly Gleaming DSP 3 x 2 inches, 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches and 2 x 1 inch; and Pretty Peacock 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

Using the Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Up! ink pad, stamp the small ornament onto the 4 x 2 inch piece of Very Vanilla at one end.

Before the ink is dry, use a Stampin’ Up! Blender Pen to blend some of the ink to make a shadow along the right hand side. This helps to add dimension and make the card more interesting.

Use the small ornament punch from the Brightly Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack to punch out the small ornament.

Adhere the Brightly Gleaming DSP to the corresponding Copper Foil to make the presents.

Lay the stack of presents on the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Pretty Peacock to get an idea of how to adhere them together. Remove them from the Pretty Peacock piece and adhere them together.

Measure out about 5 1/2 inches of the 1/2 inch Classic Weave Ribbon.

Use Glue Dots to adhere to the stack of presents. Tip: Put the ribbon right on the glue dot and then remove the dot from the roll.

I tried to place the “Merry Christmas” on the ribbon to show after I added the bow on top. I probably could of placed the sentiment a bit more toward the bottom of the stack of presents as the ornament ended up covering the “Christmas” portion.

Use the Bone Folder to get a crisp fold on the Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Pretty Peacock to the front of the card base.

Now adhere the stack of presents to the card front.

Punch out 2 Sprigs from the Copper Foil with the Sprig Punch.

Adhere the Copper Foil Sprigs to the top of the stack of presents.

Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the back of the small ornament.

Adhere the ornament to the stack of presents. On hindsight, I adhered the small ornament a bit too low. It would probably look better more near the top of the stack of presents. I thought I would leave room for the bow, but this probably wasn’t necessary and actually covered the sentiment on the ribbon.

Tie a bow with the 1/2 inch Classic Weave Ribbon. Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the top of the stack of presents and adhere the bow to the card front. Note: You can watch a video on how to make a bow in the post from November 19, 2019. https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/theresas-treasures.com/2715

To make the card a little more special, I added a star from the Star Designer Elements.

Use the pick on the Take Your Pick tool to transfer the star elements from the package to the card. I am using a retired pick.

And Viola! there you have your Christmas card! This one doesn’t take too long to make, so you could make several in a short time and get caught up.

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and you can go directly to my online store by selecting the “Show Now” button. I would love for you to shop with me! The products I used for this card are listed below with the item number to make shopping easier for you.

Hope you are taking time to enjoy the holidays. Crafting is a great way to enjoy the season, especially if you share your craft with others. I just love it when someone makes something special for me! See you next time!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Christmas Gleaming #150464; Clear Block: C #118486; Paper: Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP #150429, Very Vanilla #101650, Pretty Peacock #150880; Copper Foil #142020; Ink: Pretty Peacock #150083; Punch: Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack #150647 and Sprig 148012; Ribbon: 1/2 inch Classic Weave #150394; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue # 110755, Glue Dots #103683, and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Star Designer Elements #150430 and the Take Your Pick tool #144107.

Posted in beginner stamper, Christmas

Brightly Gleaming

Time is flying by and I am not as ready as I would like for the Holidays. I have family coming, which means the house needs to be cleaned up (except for my craft room!). I do have my Christmas cards made. Now I need to address them and send them out.

The Brightly Gleaming Suite in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog is one of my favorites. I made several of my cards from this suite. The card for today is one of those cards.

One great thing about the Suite is the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). Many of the pages have a shiny copper foil on them. I just love anything that sparkles and shines!

The stamp set for this suite is the Christmas Gleaming set. There are two ornament punches that come as a pack, to punch out both of the ornament sizes. Today we will use the small ornament punch.

The other two Stampin’ Up! stamp sets I used are the Itty Bitty Christmas and the Beautiful Bouquet. Both of these sets are so versatile! The Beautiful Bouquet is the perfect set for a beginner stamper because it has sentiments for Birthday, Anniversary, Thank you, Wedding and Congratulations. The Itty Bitty Christmas set has just about any sentiment you would need for the holidays. Note: If you need a Hanukkah greeting there is one in the Itty Bitty Greetings #151331 found in the Annual Catalog.

To make this card you will need Stampin’ Up! Pretty Peacock and Night of Navy ink, the Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker and the Designer Elements in the Annual Catalog.

Measurements: Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches, 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches, 3 x 1/2 inches and a scrap about 2 inches wide; Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP 4 x 2 3/4 inches; and Pretty Peacock 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

First we will stamp everything that needs stamping. Start with the “Merry Christmas” sentiment from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set. It is part of a larger sentiment that also says “and a Happy New Year”. Use the brush tip of the Night of Navy Stampin’ Write marker to put ink on the “Merry Christmas” only.

Once the sentiment is all inked up, huff on it and stamp it onto the 3 x 1/2 inch strip of Very Vanilla cardstock.

Next stamp the larger ornament in Pretty Peacock ink onto the lower left side of the 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Stamp the smaller ornament in Night of Navy ink onto the 2 inch wide scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock.

Use the smaller ornament punch to punch out the small ornament. To use the punch, lay it upside down on the table and use the heel of your hand to push firmly and quickly once you have it positioned.

Lay the smaller ornament next to the larger ornament and use a pencil to make a small mark above it.

Now use a ruler with the Night of Navy Stampin’ Write marker and draw two lines to be the strings for the ornaments.

Stamp the small bow from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set in Night of Navy ink as shown.

That is all the stamping. Now let’s put it all together!

Fold the Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base on the 4 1/4 inch score line. Use the Bone Folder to get a crisp fold.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock to the card front. Now adhere the stamped ornament piece to the 4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of the Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP.

After I have used all the full sized Stampin’ Dimensionals, I cut up the edge to make 1/2 sized Dimensionals. Use Dimensionals on the back of the ornament/DSP piece and the smaller ornament.

Adhere the ornament/DSP piece to the card front leaving space underneath for the sentiment. Adhere the small ornament in its place.

Trim the sentiment.

Cut each end into a banner as shown.

Here is the finished sentiment.

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment and adhere to the card front.

Now for some bling!

Use the Take Your Pick tool to transfer the Designer Element bling from the package to the card front. Hold down gently to slide the pick out and apply firm pressure to stick the Designer Element completely.

Apply as many of the Designer Elements as suits you.

And Viola! you have a Brightly Gleaming Christmas card! I hope you all are having fun making cards for your friends and family. I love doing it! And I hear very nice complements which helps fuel my motivation for continuing to make my own cards.

Stampin’ Up! products used included: Stamp Set: Christmas Gleaming #150464, Itty Bitty Christmas #150513 and Beautiful Bouquet #143666; Paper: Very Vanilla #101650 and Pretty Peacock #150880 card stock, and Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP #150429; Ink: Night of Navy #100867 and Pretty Peacock #150083 ink pads and the Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker in the Neutrals Stampin’ Write Markers #147058; Clear Blocks: B #117147, C #118486 and D #118485; Punches: Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack #150647; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Paper Snips #103579; Take Your Pick tool #144107; and Designer Elements #149586.

Posted in beginner stamper, Christmas, Ornaments

Stamped on Wood Christmas Ornaments

Hello! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday. Now it’s time to get ready for Christmas. I have a church Bazaar coming up so I am making a few things to sell.

I made these fun wooden Christmas ornaments. Some of the stamps are retired, but there are many images that are current that will work too. I bought the wooden pieces on Amazon. They came with the twine and a hole drilled in the top.

I just stamped on them, then used a glitter spray paint followed by a clear spray paint to further decorate the ornament.

The current Stampin’ Up! stamp sets I used are: Merry Moose, Christmas Gleaming and Snowman Season.

I’ll be back next week with the usual post. I just needed to get myself ready for the Bazaar this week. Happy Crafting!

Posted in beginner stamper, Christmas, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Peace this Christmas

It seems we often get caught up in the flurry of activity associated with the Holidays and forget to take time to feel the “Light and Peace” of Christmas.

This card is very easy to make and reminds us to receive the “Light and Peace” Christmas can bring to us. Making Christmas cards for others really helps me feel peaceful and by sending the cards to my loved ones, I feel I am sharing a little Light.

For this card I used the Stampin’ Up! Light and Peace stamp set.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base with a scoreline at 4 1/4 inches, 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches, and 3 x 2 inches; Night of Navy cardstock: 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches; Copper Foil: 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches; and the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

Additional supplies: Memento ink, Clear Blocks C and H, Every Day Label Punch, Paper Snips, Take Your Pick tool, Stampin’ Blends (Light Petal Pink, Light and Dark Balmy Blue and Dark Daffodil Delight), Bone Folder, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Star Designer Elements.

Place the angel and the sentiment “May this Christmas bring you Light and Peace” on the clear blocks. The angel will be stamped onto the 3 x 2 inch piece of Whisper White, and the sentiment on the 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White.

Stamp the sentiment in Memento ink onto the bottom half of the 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White. Oops! I didn’t apply even pressure so the “C” did not stamp. Not to worry.

Just flip the paper and stamp on the other side. When you punch the sentiment out it will be fine.

Now stamp the angel in Memento ink onto the 3 x 2 inch piece of Whisper White. Boy! It isn’t my day. This extra mark from the edge of the stamp is called a Halo. This can happen if you rock the stamp instead of pushing straight down and up. Also, some stamps just make a halo even if your stamping technique is good.

When I get a halo, I usually will trim off the excess rubber to decrease the chance of it happening again. Just take your paper snips and trim a small amount away.

I will try it again now. Viola! No halo!

Use the Everyday Label Punch to punch out the sentiment.

Use the Everyday Label Punch to punch a label from the 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Night of Navy.

Here are the Stampin’ Blends you will need.

I choose Dark Daffodil Delight for the hair. If you prefer brown hair, use Crumb Cake, Soft Suede or Early Espresso.

I used the Dark Petal Pink for the skin color. An alternative could be Light Crumb Cake.

I used the Dark Balmy Blue to make the shadow first.

Using a circular motion, add the Light Balmy Blue and blend the Dark Balmy Blue.

You can emphasize the shadow by applying more of the Dark Balmy Blue.

Here is the completed Angel.

Adhere the Angel to the 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch piece of Copper Foil.

Adhere the 2 labels together with the Night of Navy label slightly to the lower right behind the sentiment.

Adhere the Brightly Gleaming DSP to the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch piece Night of Navy cardstock.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White cardstock card base at the 4 1/4 inch scoreline.

Adhere the Brightly Gleaming DSP and Night of Navy card stock piece to the front of the card base. Add the Angel to the upper left-hand corner.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment piece. I cut my Dimensionals in half but always use a full Dimensional in the center.

Add the sentiment to the lower right-hand corner of the card front.

And now for some bling! These are the Star Designer Elements found in the Brightly Gleaming Suite in the 2019 Holiday Catalog. Aren’t they wonderful?!

The easiest way to transfer the stars from the package sheet to the card is to use the Take Your Pick Tool. I am using a retired Piercing Tool because I don’t have the Take Your Pick tool yet. Slide the pick under the adhesive of the star and transfer to the proper place on the card. Use your finger to slide the star off and adhere it to the card.

Usually using an odd number of elements is more pleasing to the eye. I also tend to place the elements in a triangular orientation.

And viola! You have a beautiful card to help bring “Light and Peace” to someone you love!

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Stampin’ Up! products used: Stamp Set: Light and Peace #150516; Paper: Whisper White #100730, Night of Navy #100867, Copper Foil #142020 and Brightly Gleaming DSP #150429; Ink: Memento #132708; Punch: Everyday Label #144668; Stampin’ Blends: Light Petal Pink #146866, Dark Daffodil Delight #144585 and Balmy Blue Combo #148544; Clear Blocks: C #118486 and H #118490; Embellishments: Star Designer Elements #150430; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Paper Snips, Bone Folder and Take Your Pick tool.

Posted in beginner stamper, bow, Christmas

Christmas Is Coming!

Although Thanksgiving is still a week away, I know Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye. I thought I better get started on Christmas cards. I need about 40! I am also making some cards to sell at a local church Bazaar in a few weeks.

This adorable deer makes a really cute card to wish someone a Happy Christmas.

I used two Stampin’ Up! stamp sets for this card: Dashing Deer and Birch.

Measurements: Very Vanilla cardstock: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches and 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches; Crumb Cake cardstock: 5 1/4 x 4 inches; and Cherry Cobbler cardstock 4 x 2 1/2 inches.

You will also need Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake ink, the Cherry Cobbler 3/8 inch Diagonal Stripe Ribbon and the Gold Metallic Pearls. For an adhesive I use the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

The Birch stamp is a large background stamp. It comes in a clear mount and a wood mount. Tip: I find that the wood mount for background stamps is easier to use because it seems more sturdy on the wood. You will need the Crumb Cake ink.

For a large background stamp, I flip it over and lay it on the craft table. Ink the stamp with the Crumb Cake ink.

Carefully lay the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Crumb Cake cardstock on top of the Birch stamp. Place a large clear block over the top and press down evenly.

Carefully lift the cardstock off the Birch stamp. I love the birch image as a background!

I have an old version of the Dashing Deer stamp set. Tip: If you own an old set of the clear mount for the Dashing Deer, you will need something to help it adhere to the clear block. I use a very thin layer of the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. When the glue dries, it is sticky enough to hold the stamp on the clear block. The stamp can be taken off when you are finished and stored with the glue on it. The newer version which was available in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog is very sticky so you don’t need to do this step.

Let the glue dry completely before trying to place on a clear block.

Stamp the sentiment “Happiest Christmas Wishes” in Cherry Cobbler ink onto the Birch card piece in the lower right-hand corner.

Stamp the reindeer in Soft Suede ink onto the 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. So adorable! I just love the pattern on the body of the reindeer.

Adhere the stamped reindeer card piece to the 4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base at the 4 1/4 inch score mark. Use the bone folder to get a crisp fold. Adhere the Crumb Cake Birch piece to the card front.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the piece with the stamped deer. I usually cut my Dimensionals in half so they will last longer. However, I use a full Dimensional in the center so that it won’t sink down.

Adhere the reindeer piece to the card front.

How to make a bow

Use a glue dot to adhere the bow to the card front.

Use the Take Your Pick tool to transfer several Gold Metallic Pearls to the antlers of the reindeer.

And Viola! that is all there is to making this wonderful Christmas card!

Join me next week for more step by step set instructions perfect for the beginner stamper to make another great card!

Stampin’ Up Products used include: Stamp Set: Dashing Deer #151362 and Birch #149259; Paper: Very Vanilla #101650, Crumb Cake #120953 and Cherry Cobbler #119685; Ink: Crumb Cake # 147116, Cherry Cobbler #147083 and Soft Suede #147115; Clear Blocks: C #118486, D #118485 and F #118484; Adhesive: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: Cherry Cobbler 3/8 inch Diagonal Stripe Ribbon #150439 and Gold Metallic Pearls #146282; and the Take Your Pick Tool #144107.