For the Birds and Fresh Prints

for the birds wagon

My card today includes an older stamp set paired with a new designer paper.  I love combining things that Stampin' Up! hasn't shown together to create a different look.

  • I started out using Fresh Prints Designer Paper Stack for the paper and to pick up the color scheme – Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, and a hint of Daffodiil Delight.
  • I love the For the Birds stamp set!  It's a great one especially if you're just starting out because there are so many images and lots of different sentiments.  There's even a stamp for Christmas – click here to see what I've done with it.  Here's what's contained in this great set:

for the birds

  • The very best paper to stamp and watercolor using Stampin' Up!'s stamp pads and Aqua Painter is our Watercolor Paper.  It's so easy to get a nice watercolored image this way!  My second choice in paper for watercoloring is Stampin' Up! Naturals White (Item No. 102316) or Naturals Ivory (Item No. 101849).  The Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock are designed to stamp images beautifully, but because of their tight surface, they don't take the water as well.
  • Circles are punched using the 2-1/2" Circle Punch, or you could also use the Circles Framelits.
  • I added some Real Red Stitched Ribbon, a Real Red cardstock flower using the Itty Bitty Punch Pack and added a Daffodil Delight Candy Dot to the center to pull in the yellow from the watercolored image.

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Tea Party and Epic Day

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Today's card doesn't have anything I'd consider "new" because it's all from the Annual Catalog, but Tea Party stamp set is new to me!  I hadn't ordered it yet, and I don't know why.  It's so beautiful, and I'm crazy for tea!

  • I started out wanting to use the This and That Epic Day designer paper and found this really cool piece that looks like it could maybe be a ring from a tea mug.
  • Colors are Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake and Whisper White.
  • You'll want the Ovals Collection Framelits to cut out this oval perfectly.  I stamped two in two different colors and layered them.
  • The three flowers in the Floral Fusion Sizzlits are such a great accent.  Here are some other cards where I've used the Floral Fusion Sizzlits accents.
  • I also added a Pool Party button from the Subtles Designer Buttons with a Calypso Coral Candy Dot in the center.
  • The FInishing Touches Edgelit created the lacy border, and I used Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon which ties so nicely.
  • Notice the stamping along the right edge?  It's a simply tone-on-tone look but adds another stamped element from the Tea Party collection.

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Sweetie Pie

Sweetie Pie 

I'm tickled to death with our new Sweetie Pie Photopolymer Stamps – they're so much fun!  Here are the images you receive with both coordinating sets:
Sweetie Pie stamps

There are so many stamps in these two sets and such coordination factor!  I know I won't be sick of these any time soon!

  • Gingham Garden is the perfect designer paper to show of a "girly" card!  I've used two different prints from this pretty packet.
  • Notice the cute doodles on the right-hand side?  That's a stamp from the Sweetie Pie Frames set!  I can imagine using this stamp on lots of different cards.
  • I added some major bling by putting a Rhinestone on every other circle around the mirror.  It didn't photograph so well, but it looks great "in person".
  • The Scallop Trim Border Punch adds a sweet edge, and White Baker's Twine completes the look.

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Easter Take Care

Take Care SAB 2014

You'd be surprised at how many everyday stamp sets can work for various holidays!  I saw my Take Care stamp set on my shelf and thought it was perfect for Easter.  I'm hoping and praying for Spring here in New York State – I actually did see a robin a couple of days ago, so it just has to be here soon!

  • I've loved using the 2014 Sale-A-Bration free gifts this season.  In this card, I've used the Decorative Dots embossing folder to replicate the egg look, and the Summer Starfruit twine that's contained in the Sweet Sorbet Accessories, both of which are yours free, each with a $50 order placed.  But hurry – Sale-A-Bration only lasts until March 31st!
     

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  • I stamped my main image on a piece of Whisper White cardstock that's been die cut with the Labels Collection Framelits.  I used markers to ink up the tree image, and the nest is stamped with Crumb Cake ink
  • I stamped the eggs in Soft Sky ink then added some 2-Way Glue and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter for a sweet accent.
  • Three Soft Sky Candy Dots from the Subtles Collection also add a third element to tie in the background and eggs.
  • "Happy Easter" is from my tried and true Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

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Card from Sale-A-Bration Heartfelt Banner Kit

SAB banner

The Heartfelt Banner Kit that is also one of the 2014 Sale-A-Bration free gifts is so fun!  Not only can you create the banner like the one Stampin' Up! has created in the brochure, but you can also use the individual components to create cards or even scrapbook pages.

Here's what the banner pieces and the banner look like from the Sale-A-Bration brochure:
Heartfelt Banner Kit

So rather than showing you another banner, here's a card made with the banner components.

  • The flower is created with Calypso Coral cardstock and the Floral Framelits.  The Old Olive circle is cut with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch, and I've cut one of the Bermuda Bay pompoms from the Banner Kit in half to creat the center of the flower.
  • The two banners are also from the Banner Kit – I just cut them a little shorter to fit on my card.
  • "Thank You" is stamped boldly in StazOn Black ink and is from the 2014 Occasions Catalog stamp set called Simply Celebrate.
  • I've done just a bit of paper piercing in the top right corner with my Paper-Piercing Tool, Mat and the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack.

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So Grateful Birthday

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I had a slew of birthday cards to send this month, so I made a large group of this pretty card featuring So Very Grateful stamp set.  It was super easy putting it together when you have pretty designer paper like Sweet Sorbet Sale-A-Bration paper to use!  Color scheme is all set for you – Basic Black, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party and Summer Starfruit - yum!

  • So Very Grateful has several coordinating images.  I stamped the tone-on-tone flower image with one stamp then used the larger stamp to create the main image using VersaMark Ink, Black Embossing Powder and heat setting it with my Heat Tool.
  • Watercoloring is a snap with the Aqua Painter and stamp pads.  I love watercoloring inside heat-embossed images.  It's kinda like embroidering or cross-stitching when you add the black around the image and it comes to life!
  • My very favorite corner rounder?  The Envelope Punch Board!
  • The black zig-zag edge is from the Tasteful Trim Bigz Die – I use this all the time!  (If you follow my blog you know what I mean!)
  • "Happy Birthday" is from a hostess-exclusive stamp set called Express Yourself.  And what better month to host a workshop than March – earn $30 more hostess dollars with a workshop over $300!  Or get together a few friends and host your own online workshop to qualify.
  • A Black Candy Dot is my only embellishment so as not to detract from the embossed and watercolored flowers. 
     

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Feel Better with Petite Petals

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I'm really trying to "Think Spring" today, but it's a bit difficult when it's STILL in the 20's and it's snowing this morning!  But I have a springy get well card for you that's sure to put a smile on the person receiving it!

  • Haven't had a chance to purchase the new Hardwood background stamp from the Occasions Catalog.  It's actually on its way, but for now I'll use my older Woodgrain background stamp to stamp the Baked Brown Sugar square cardstock for the background.
  • Punches and Big Shot dies take center stage on this quick and easy card.  I've used the Petite Petals stamp and coordinating Petite Petals Punch to create the Strawberry Slush flowers.  Buy these two new products in a bundle and save 15%!
  • I used Old Olive cardstock and the Bird Punch to create the branch, and Beautiful Wings Embosslit to make the butterfly.
  • Pearls are the only accent to keep this card nice and simple.
  • "Feel Better Soon" is one of the beautiful stamps contained in the hostess-exclusive stamp set called Express Yourself.  It's yours free (plus more!) when your workshop totals at least $150 or if you place your own order for that amount.

 

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Live Simply

 

live simply

My apologies that my website was down this morning.  My webhost was doing an upgrade so that everything would run smoothly!  We're back up and running, and I hope you enjoy today's simple card, perfect for Sunday afternoon.

  • I've used the single stamp set called People Like You.  I do love the sentiment on that stamp, but I wanted to show you that you can replace that with any other sentiment that fits into the Stampin' Up! Decorative Label Punch.  Here I've chose a stamp from Trust God stamp set.  I love this sentiment, and since it begins by saying "live simply," I chose to create a super simple card.
  • Colors are Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White.  I stamped tone-on-tone the image on Calypso Coral cardstock, then stamped again on Whisper White cardstock and punched out the sentiment and popped it up on Dimensionals.
  • The pretty white edge is created with the Scallop Trim Border Punch and Whisper White cardstock.
  • Linen Thread wrapped three times around is a clean embellishment.

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Rev Up The Fun Birthday

Harley

Took a break away from most of the Occasions Catalog today to create something from the "old" part of my stampin' shelf!  Rev Up The Fun is certainly one of my favorite masculine stamp sets.  My husband and I own a Harley Road King Classic, and I knew I just had to have this stamp set for his birthday cards!  And of course, I had to keep it in "Harley colors" – Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Whisper White and Silver.

  • Remember my card yesterday?  I've used the same sketch challenge only turned it on its side!
  • My favorite part of this card is using the Big Shot along with the new Arrows Embossing Folder with the Silver Foil paper.  I thought it looked like tire tracks!  It's really fun to emboss the foil papers – they take such a deeply etched image and look so great!  A 1/2" sliver of the same foil paper acts as "ribbon" through the tag for a more masculine look.  I also dyed White Baker's Twine black by running it through a Basic Black ink pad and made a reinforcement ring around the hole in the tag using Basic Black cardstock and circle punches.

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  • There's also heat embossing on my card – the bike is heat embossed using Black Embossing Powder, and the sentiment is done using Silver Embossing Powder.  Don't forget your Embossing Buddy to keep unwanted speckles of powder off your cardstock.
  • I used a touch of Tangerine Tango marker to color in the bike just a bit.

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Retro Sending Good Thoughts

 Monday sketch #3

This year's Occasions Catalog has had so many fun new products!  And true to form, Stampin' Up! has given us terrific coordination in its products!

  • One of the biggest hits has been the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  Make your tag any length you want.  Just cut your cardstock to a smidge less than 2" wide, insert it into the punch tray and punch.
  • Sentiment comes from Perfect Pennants and is the perfect thing to say to someone!  Here I've stamped in Baked Brown Sugar ink on the tag, then stamped again on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Tangerine Tango ink, then adhered it with Dimensionals to highlight the word "good".
  • Our color scheme is set with the Retro Fresh Designer PaperBaked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango and Very Vanilla.  I folded down the top 1/2" of the Designer Paper to reveal the other side then tacked it in place using two Candy Dot Brad Bases with So Saffron Candy Dots from the Subtles Dots.
  • The Naturals Chevron Ribbon and Coastal Cabana Stretch Trim look so pretty topping the tag.
  • I used two other punches for this card.  There's a Baked Brown Sugar cardstock Triangle Punch to the left side of the tag, and the Chevron Punch decorates the bottom of the tag with Coastal Cabana cardstock punch-outs.
     

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