Watercolor Wings and Cottage Garden sentiments

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I love this simple layout.  You could use it with just about any stamp set, but with the Watercolor Wings butterfly by Stampin’ Up!, the Daffodil Delight scalloped circle looks a bit like the sun.  Here are some details on my easy birthday card.

  • Colors are Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Sweet Sugarplum – so fun and cheery!
  • The butterfly is first offstamped in Sweet Sugarplum Ink, meaning that I inked up that bold background image, then stamped onto a scrap piece of paper, then onto my cardstock.  The overlay is full-strength Sweet Sugarplum Ink.  I added the butterfly body with Black Memento Ink.  While we do carry a framelit to cut out the butterfly, I chose to paper snip around the image so that I could include the body.
  • A good investment for your crafting supplies is the new Stampin’ Up! Layering Circles Framelits.  Not only can you create regular circles, but you can also create scallops – and both come in 8 different sizes, for a total of 16 dies!
  • Another great investment is the In Color Designer Series Paper Stack.  With 40 sheets, 4 of each of 2 double-sided designs in all of the new In Colors, you’ll be able to create lots and lots of cards and scrapbook pages with all of the colors on hand.
  • I love the little accents in the top right corner – they’re the White Perfect Accents, Sweet Sugarplum Enamel Circle and a small Rhinestone Jewel.
  • My sentiment again is from Cottage Greetings (I use this one all the time!).  If you don’t have this stamp set yet, please pick it up.   You won’t be sorry!  Lots of fun greetings for all of the occasions you love best.  In fact, here’s the same card using the “congrats” stamp.

 

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  • When adhering the butterfly, I used a strip of Dimensionals down the center so the wings were loose and look like they’re fluttering.

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Affectionately Yours and Cottage Greetings

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  • I’m getting the hang of this Washi Tape thing!  I’m starting to realize how handy, quick and easy it is – think little strips of DSP with adhesive already applied.  And with the Affectionately Yours Designer Paper and coordinating Washi Tape, you can use both together.  I love Stampin’ Up!’s coordination of products!
  • My tag measures 1-1/2″ x 3″ and I’ve dovetailed the end using my Stampin’ Up! Triple Banner Punch.  It’s such a time-saving tool to have at your disposal!
  • To create the circle part at the top, I punched out a 1/2″ Night of Navy Cardstock Circle with my circle punch, adhered it to the tag with SNAIL Adhesive and then punched the center with the 1/8″ Handheld Circle Punch.
  • The new Thick Baker’s Twine, now in 6 different colors, ties so nicely and gives your bow a little more substance.
  • You’re going to love the new 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon which comes in all of the five 2015-17 In Colors – so much so that you’ll want them all!  This one’s Cucumber Crush.
  • My layered butterflies are such a fun addition – to any card, really.  Just use the Elegant Butterfly Punch on a piece of Vellum Cardstock and the Bitty Butterfly Punch on Daffodil Delight Cardstock.  Fold their wings inward then adhere together with a Glue Dot.  A new Metallic Enamel Shape in Gold accents the center.

 

 

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  • I’ve used Cottage Greetings stamp set because the font coordinates so nicely with the feel of the prints.  Feel free, of course, to use any sentiment.  I know my customers love creating birthday cards, so here is the same card for a birthday.

 

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My Congrats cards go out each month to the five top salespeople on my From the Hearts Stampers team members.  It recognizes their accomplishments and gives them an idea for one of their own workshops or classes.

 

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Best Birds and Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies

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What a fabulous bundle from the new Stampin’ Up! 2016 Annual Catalog!  Best Birds stamp set is combined with Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies to create a pair that you’ll just have to own!  There are so many ideas floating around in my head for this great bundle – I’m sure I’ll have more samples for you in the future.

 

  • I started out with a Sahara Sand Cardstock background and used several different colors and textures for the pop behind the image – Cucumber crush 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and a sliver of Watermelon Wonder Cardstock.
  • The sentiment and small flower are stamped in Tip Top Taupe ink and the little flower is watercolored with an Aqua Painter and Watermelon Wonder stamp pad.  Three tiny Pearls set off the center.
  • One of the hot new accessories in this catalog are the 2015-17 In Color Doilies.  Here I’ve used Delightful Dijon to set off the bird which is stamped in Tip Top Taupe on Whisper White Cardstock and watercolored with Delightful Dijon, Watermelon Wonder and Tip Top Taupe stamp pads and an Aqua Painter.

 

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I can see so many possibilities in coloring in these darling birds, but right now I’m obsessed with the beautiful music that a robin family is making in my back yard.  Nature is at its peak here in New York State, and I’m feeling the love for this bundle!

 

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Celebrate Summer Sorbet

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Lots of different Stampin’ Up! stamp sets and accessories going on in this simple card.  Sometimes one set just won’t do!  Summer Sorbet is a set of really great bold images, but you’ll need to grab your sentiments elsewhere.  And who can resist using the background stamp from Best Birds on everything.  You’ll need that stamp set just for this great stamp alone!

  • My color scheme is a bit unusual for this card, although I think it works – Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry and Peekaboo Peach.
  • The pretty designer paper is from A Little Foxy Paper Stack.  Remember to use the plainer papers with other stamp sets – it doesn’t just coordinate with the fun Foxy Friends stamp set!
  • Love this fun-shaped heart, stamped using a Rose Red stamp pad.  Just cut it out quickly with Paper Snips and pop it up on Dimensionals.
  • The sentiment comes from Thoughtful Banners and is bundled with the Duet Banner Punch to save you 10%.  This combo will become a staple in your card designing!
  • I miss the scallop border punch like crazy.  But fear not – your Layering Squares Framelits will do the trick!  I’ve added a Peekaboo Peach Heart Enamel Shape to coordinate both with the Peekaboo Peach scallops and the heart motif.  These little shapes are so easy to use with self-adhesive backing – you’ll want them in ever color!

 

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Fall in Love with Washi Tape

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I have to admit it – I was a bit slow to warm to Stampin’ Up!’s Washi Tape.  I just wasn’t sure how to use it at first.  Then I started experimenting, and now I’ve become a huge fan!  I also love looking through catalogs for inspiration.  And I love Vera Bradley!  I love the color interplay in her patterns.  And I just received the catalog for this year’s new designs.  Here’s one of my favorites!

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Yes, there’s inspiration for card making all around us!  While my card isn’t totally the same as the Vera Bradley bag, it was a wonderful start to a new card design.

  • In order to have the right colors of Washi Tape to repilcate the colors in the bag, I chose Playful Palette and Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tapes.  My idea was to replicate the center square of the bag.
  • I cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock that measured 3-3/4″ x 5″ as the base to build my Washi Tape piece.
  • I really didn’t have a plan – and you don’t have to either!  I just started putting strips of the Washi Tape in different sections of the Whisper White Cardstock – a few rows and then switch directions.  Keep those Paper Snips handy for clean, straight edges!
  • Once I finished the background, then I needed a sentiment.  And one of this year’s best sentiment stamp sets is Layering Love.  One of the heart framelits in the Sweet & Sassy Framelit collection was perfect to cut it out of the Mint Macaron Cardstock.
  • Wonder why Stampin’ Up! discontinued our black embossing powder?  Well, so did I!  Until I realized that with our new Archival Black Stamp Pad and Clear Embossing Powder, I can still have that embossed look.  Just stamp with the Archival Black Ink, pour on the Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool.  The Embossing Buddy before hand ensures that little bits of embossing powder won’t cling to the cardstock.
  • What could be more fun than the new Enamel Shapes – in all sorts of colors!  I used a Melon Mambo Enamel Heart from the Brights Assortment to cover up the heart from the stamp.
  • Add Dimensionals to the back of your heart, adhere it to this beautiful background, and you’re done!

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Love & Affection with Playful Palette – FINAL day to order retiring products

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This is a terrific card layout to show off Stampin’ Up!’s pretty new designer paper.  This packet is called Playful Palette and contains 3 of the 5 new 2016-18 In Colors.  Featured here is Peekaboo Peach.  I love how this pretty color pairs with Old Olive and Basic Black.

  • I’ve also used the brand new stamp set called Love & Affection to stamp the flower and sentiment.  I’ve stamped the flower in Basic Black Ink on Watercolor Paper and used an Aqua Painter and Peekaboo Peach stamp pad to color in the image.  Then I added the leaves stamped in Old Olive.
  • The center of the flower is a medium Perfect White Accent colored in with a black Sharpie.  Just be sure to color it in off the card and let it dry before moving it to the card front.
  • I created the circles by punching the Watercolor Paper with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch and then the Basic Black Cardstock is cut with the Circle Framelits.  This way, I could get just a very thin border of black.

Here’s a tip when you need a punched or die-cut piece of cardstock and you’re using that color as a background, too.  Don’t waste a separate piece of cardstock – just die cut out of the center of the layering piece.  No one will ever know!  Here’s what I mean:

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Have you ever done this?  Works like a charm!

 

You could really have some fun by repeating this card layout with lots of different patterns of designer paper.  Change up the sentiment, too, to what you currently need.

 

Here are the measurements so that you can create this same card – either using the same products or choose something different!

Old Olive card base:  4-1/4″ x 11″

Basic Black and DSP layers both:  3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″

Sentiment banner:  3/4″ x 3-1/4″

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Swirly Bird For You

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How fun is this sweet bird trio!  Swirly Bird and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies are sure to be your favorite bundle in the new Stampin’ Up! 2016-17 Annual Catalog!  Check out another post using Swirly Bird HERE.  It’s amazing how different the cards look with the same stamp set – so versatile!

  • I’ve taken two of the new In Colors – Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum – and coupled them with an old favorite – Old  Olive.
  • Stampin’ Up! Circle Punches make it easy to punch out the birds then create a border around each.  Just use the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch for the birds and the 1-3/8″ Circle Punch for the border.
  • The Old Olive cardstock “nest” is just one of the 9 dies you’ll find in the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.  I can see a couple becoming my favorite “go to” accent!
  • Rounding corners always works to tie in the circle theme.
  • The Swirly Bird stamp set has a little “splotch” stamp that’s great for adding interest to the background.
  • Sentiment comes from Birthday Blooms stamp set, carrying over from the 2016 Occasions Catalog!

 

Here are some measurements so you can create your own card:

Dapper Denim cardstock:  5-1/5″ x 8-1/2″

Sweet Sugarplum cardstock:  2″ x 5″

Whisper White cardstock for sentiment:  1″ x 1-3/4″

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An Open Heart for Mother’s Day

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Oh, how I love this soon-to-be-retired stamp set called An Open Heart!  It’s just perfect for so many occasions!  I’m posting this today as a Mother’s Day card idea; as a mom, I can’t imagine any more touching sentiment to receive from your child!  But also think anniversary or sympathy cards.

        • Stamping on designer paper is one of my favorite looks.  I’ve used the Farmers Market Designer Series Paper here.  This packet surprises me all the time.  At first look, all you see is fruit and vegetables, but the flip side are some of the nicest neutral papers!  This paper pack is also due to be retired.
        • I doubt that there’s a bird that is colored this way in “real life” but of course as stampers, we have to match our cardstock theme, right?!  I’m also honoring our retiring In Colors – Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon and Mossy Meadow (used as the thin border behind the designer paper).  Watercolor paper is definitely the choice to feature this pretty bird and watercoloring with the Aqua Painter and stamp pads.  Circle Framelits create the backdrop; another retiring product!
        • Also retiring are the Antique Brads – I’ve loved working with these pretty accents!
        • As I created this card, a robin is building her nest right outside my window, busy carrying all sorts of plant material and tucking it in place.  It reminded me of the Linen Thread tied around my card – the perfect texture for a natural look.
        • I swear I won’t every be able to get rid of my Envelope Liner Framelits, even though they’re retiring.  They give such a perfectly coordinated card and really hits it home on the creativity.  Be sure to pick up yours if you don’t already own them – they are truly a “must have” for all of your cards!

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RETIRING PRODUCTS USED IN THIS CARD:

      1. An Open Heart stamp set
      2. Farmers Market Designer Series Paper
      3. Antique Brads
      4. Envelope Liner Framelits
      5. Circle Collection Framelits
      6. Mossy Meadow cardstock
      7. Lost Lagoon cardstock
      8. Lost Lagoon stamp pad
      9. Hello Honey stamp pad

Click HERE to view the retiring products list in its entirety.

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Card Ideas for Retiring Stamp Sets

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite paper-crafting projects using stamps from the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products List.  Retiring stamps are guaranteed to be available through May 22.

Click HERE to view all of the retiring stamp sets in my Online Store.  You’ll be able to see pictures and can quickly identify them.

Click HERE to view all of the retiring accessories in my Online Store.

Be sure to click on the links below each photo to be rerouted to the original blog post to get the details and a supply list!

 

 

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Pictogram Punch

 

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Watercolor Words

 

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Groovy Love

 

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Happy Home and Cupcake Builder Punch

 

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Bravo

 

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Apple of My Eye

 

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Bohemian Borders and Happy Birthday, Everyone

 

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Fabulous Four

 

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I Think You’re Great

 

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Merry Everything

 

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Sea Street

 

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World of Dreams

 

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Have A Cuppa Suite with new colors

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I’ve fallen in love with the Have A Cuppa Suite from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Occasions Catalog!  Yes, it’s true love.  The kind of love that never dies!  I’ve made a few cards using the complete suite (you can see them HERE), including A Nice Cuppa stamp set, Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies and Have A Cuppa Designer Paper, so I thought I’d try changing the colors to create a little bit of a different look.

  • I still kept the Melon Mambo from the Have A Cuppa designer paper, because I wanted to use a strip of that pretty heart paper.  My other colors are Soft Sky, So Saffron and Crumb Cake.
  • The heart is stamped in Melon Mambo, cut out with Paper Snips and popped up on a Dimensional.  I added a little Rhinestone in the corner for an accent.
  • Love paper snipping the lemon and putting it on the cup rim!  Use Dimensionals again to get a more “real” lemon look!
  • I added the cute tea bag tag stapled to some Whisper White Baker’s Twine and tucked the other end under the cup.
  • The sentiment for my card comes from another beautiful 2016 Occasions Catalog stamp set – Birthday Blooms.  It’s stamped in Crumb Cake ink.

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There are so many possibilities with this pretty suite.  I’m sure this isn’t the last you’ll see from me!  I’d like to try the stacking cups next!

 

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