Friendly Ladybug

Hi!  Happy Wednesday!  Today we have a visit from a little ladybug.

Hello Ladybug, Friendship, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2023AnnualCatalog, #dsp

I love the pop that the Real Red gives to this card.  It is sure to brighten anyone’s day.   The base of the card is Basic White Thick, measuring 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ and folded.

A piece of Black Gingham ribbon is tied around a piece of Real Red cardstock measuring 4 1/4″ x 2″.

Two strips of Zany Zoo Designer Series Paper (on sale for 15% this month), measuring 4 1/4″ x 3/4″ are then attached to the Real Red cardstock.  This whole piece is then adhered to the card base using Stampin’ Seal.

The ladybug is made from a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  The wings are stamped first in Real Red ink and the spots are stamped in Memento Black ink.  These are punched out from the coordinating punch.   Attach the ladybug with dimensionals to the card front.   Use a Basic Black Marker to draw a dashed line to represent the ladybug’s flight.

Lastly, the sentiment is stamped on a strip of Basic White measuring 3/4″ wide.   The Banners Pick a Punch is used to create the flag end.  A 1/2″ strip of Basic Black is also punched using the Banners Pick a Punch and layered behind the Basic White sentiment before adhering to the card base.

A fun and cute little card to send to a friend and brighten their day.

Do you love our builder punches like the ladybug one?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

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Kindness Matters

Hello!  How are you?  I hope you are doing well.  I have the opportunity to teach a card class  tonight and will share this card with them to showcase how stunning a one layer card can be.

Quiet Meadow, Timeless Arrangements, Blending, Thanks, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2023AnnualCatalog

The card base is Thick Basic White measuring 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and folded.

I created a template using the retired Stitched Rectangle Dies die cut from a piece of cardboard found in a package of Designer Series Paper.  The cardboard is cut to the size of the card front – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ – to make it easy to place and one of the rectangle dies is used to make the opening in the template.   Place the template over the card front and use the Blending Brushes to brush on Old Olive ink at the bottom, Daffodil Delight in the middle and Balmy Blue on top.  Remove the template and stamp the flowers from Quiet Meadow in Memento Black ink.

The sentiment is from the new Timeless Arrangements – I love the font and sentiments in this set.  It is also stamped in Memento Black ink.  To finish the card, place 3 brass butterflies around the sentiment.

I do not often make single layer cards – but creating a template from any of our larger dies and sponging color on the card front, brings such depth and dimension that more layers are not needed.

Have you tried this technique before?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

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PS – We are half-way through the month and the Designer Series Paper sale.  Have you purchased your favorites yet?

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Countryside Inn Birthday

Hi!  Today I am back with a card featuring the gorgeous Countryside Inn Designer Series Paper – also on sale this month!

Birthday, Countryside Inn, Basics EF, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2023AnnualCatalog

I paired the Designer Series Paper with the Circle Sayings stamp set.  I love the font on this set – so pretty!  The flowers are stamped in Boho Blue and the sentiment in Night of Navy ink on a scrap of Basic White card stock.  These are punched with the 2 1/4″ circle punch.  A Night of Navy circle is punched using the 2 3/8″ Circle Punch that is bundled with the stamp set.

The card base is Night of Navy, measuring 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and folded.  A piece of Basic White card stock measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″ is embossed with the Crosshatch Embossing Folder found in the Basics 3D Embossing Folder pack in the On-Line Exclusives.

A piece Countryside Inn Designer Series Paper measuring 1 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ is laid across the bottom of the Basic White layer so that placement of the circle can be determined.  Also lay a piece of Night of Navy Bordered ribbon to note if any adjustment to the circle needs to be made before adhering.  Once you have the locations of the pieces, adhere the circle first, then the Designer Series Paper and then the ribbon – attaching the ribbon to the back of the Basic White will help anchor it in place.   Finish the card by adhering the Basic White layer to the card base.

Given the dark color of the base, I recommend attaching a piece of Basic White measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″ to the inside of the card for your message.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card – please leave a comment if you have any questions.

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What A Little Tearing Can Do

Hi!  Welcome to June!  Sorry I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks – but hopefully things have settled down enough that I can get back to regular posting.

This month I am featuring Designer Series Paper from the Annual Catalog – especially since you can purchase select ones at 15% off!  How awesome is that?

We all have scraps and today’s card will help you deal with those with this quick and easy card.

Inked Boutique, DSP, Scraps, Wonderful Thoughts, InColor2023-25, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #dspscraps, #incolor2325

I used 1″ strips of the Inked Botanicals Designer Series Paper (on sale for 15% off this month) by 5 1/4″.  I started with 6 pieces, then due to how much I ripped or overlapped when I adhered to the base, I needed to add one more strip.  So, I’d say have 6-7 strips of DSP on hand to start.

As you can see, I ripped down the right hand side of each strip – before adhering to the Boho Blue card base.  There are 6 different DSP strips – the left most and right most papers are the same pattern.  You can choose to just pick 2 patterns or as many different patterns as you like.

The sentiment is from Wonderful Thoughts which has coordinating dies that cut around the word (not sure for this card) stamped in Boho Blue ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  The Double Oval punch is used for the sentiment and the Boho Blue layer behind it.   To finish the card, a piece of Boho Blue ribbon is placed behind the sentiment.

With all the fun papers we have, using up the scraps in this manner will help reduce your scrap pile, allow for quick, fun and pretty cards.  I hope you will give it a try!

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Lemon Lolly Meets Fresh as a Daisy

Hi!  I am excited to share with you a card featuring the new color Lemon Lolly!  This is such a pretty shade of yellow and is fast becoming a favorite of mine.

Fresh as a Daisy, Birthday, Stampin' Up!, SU! #2023AnnualCatalog

I chose to feature the Fresh as a Daisy suite as well for this card.  This suite is so easy to work with – the Designer Series Paper is so pretty.  For this card, I chose to use the backside of one of the pieces – those are great for any type of card – if you haven’t checked it out yet.

The base of the card is Lemon Lolly – measuring 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ and folded.

The main image is stamped on a piece of Basic White measuring 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″.   The flower is stamped is Smoky Slate – stamped off once before stamping on the Basic White for a softer look.  The daisy center is stamped in Lemon Lolly.   The stem and leaves are stamped in Old Olive.  This is mounted on a piece of Azure Afternoon measuring 1 7/8″ x 5 1/2″.  A piece of Lemon Lolly measuring 2″ x 5 1/2″ is matted behind.  This is matted on a piece of the Fresh as a Daisy Designer Series paper measuring 3″ x 5 1/2″.

A piece of Lemon Lolly Ribbon is tied around these layers before being attached to the base.   The sentiment is stamped in Azure Afternoon on a scrap of Basic White and die cut with the coordinating die from the Daisy set.  A few Adhesive Backed gems finish the card.

I love how fresh and cheerful this card turned out and can’t wait to share it with someone special.

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Thanks Doesn’t Cover It

but what else can I say?  Today I hit 1500 followers on my Facebook page.  I am humbled and appreciative that so many people have found my page and feel that the information, demonstrations and projects I share are worth their time.  Wow!

Happiness Abounds, Retired, Stampin' Up! SU!, #2022AnnualCatalog

I shared this card two weeks ago to showcase the soon-to-be retired Happiness Abounds bundle.  Since then, the stamp set has sold out – but hopefully the layout or color scheme will inspire you today.

The base for the card is Fresh Freesia – happy to say, you will find this color in the Subtles family in the new catalog!  I have paired it with Gorgeous Grape – not a color I use very often, but I love how this one turned out.  You can’t see it in this picture, but the Gorgeous Grape was die cut with the Stitched Greenery die – which is retiring and was on my Top 10 list.  I love this die and am sad to see it go.  If you don’t have it, grab it before it is gone!

The designer series paper is the Hues of Happiness which is gorgeous and makes stunning cards on its own – grab a pack – you won’t be disappointed.  A piece of Fresh Freesia Ribbon is attached on the back side running over the edge of the DSP.

The layer behind the stamped image is also a piece of DSP from that pack.  The flower and sentiment are stamped in Jet Black StazOn on Basic White card stock .  The flower is colored with the Watercolor Pencils – Assortment 2.

A trio of Glossy Dots are used to finish off the card.  I don’t often offset the mat behind my stamped images, but I do like how it looks here.

We are just 2 short weeks away from the launch of the new Annual Catalog – so make sure you grab any retiring products that haven’t sold out yet soon!  Actually, Wed. April 19 would be a great day to do that as Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING on orders of $75 or more (US).

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Happy Easter!

This adorable bunny is hopping down the bunny trail to wish you a Happy Easter!  If you didn’t get a chance to grab him before the punch went on back order, have no fear, he is carrying over to the 2023-2024 Annual Catalog!

Easter Bunny, Easter, Stampin' Up!, #JanAprilMini2023

Isn’t he so cute?  For this card, I paired him with the Country Gingham Designer Series Paper in the January-April Mini as well as the Hello Irresistible Designer Series Paper from the On-Line Exclusives.  These paper packs are perfect for spring cards.

The bunny is stamped in Jet Black StaZon ink and colored with Watercolor Pencils – Early Espresso for the body and Flirty Flamingo for the nose and ears.  A blender pen is used to blend the pencil.   The butterfly is a mix of Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight.

The base of the card is Sweet Sorbet measuring 5 1/2″ x 7″, scored at 2 3/4″ to form the front panel.  A layer of Blushing Bride card stock measuring 2 5/8″ x 5 3/8″ is attached to the front panel and a piece measuring 1 3/8″ x 5 3/8″, is adhered to the inside back panel on the right hand side.  The Hello Irresistible Designer Series Paper is used on the front panel and measures 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ while the Country Gingham DSP measures 1 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ and is placed on the inside back panel on the right hand side.

The bunny panel measures 3″ x 3″, and is matted on a piece of Sweet Sorbet measuring 3 1/8″ x 3 1/8″.   The grass is stamped in Jet Black StaZon and colored with the Garden Green Watercolor Pencil.

A piece of Basic White card stock measuring 2 1/2″ x 5 3/8″ is placed on the inside for a written message.

I hope you enjoy your Sunday!

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Have I Told You?

You are Wonderful!

Just wanted to end the work week letting you know how wonderful you are – and this card is for YOU!

Hues of Happiness, Happiness Abounds, Artistically Inked, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2022AnnualCatalog, #retiring

I shared this card on this week’s Facebook Live – I just love the Hues Of Happiness Designer Series Paper and am sad to see it along with the Happiness Abounds bundle leaving us this month.  If you haven’t snagged the paper, do it soon!  It pairs well with the Artistically Inked set which is carrying over for another year.

The dimensions for this card:

  • Base – Night of Navy – 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″ and fold.
  • Basic White – 4″ x 5 1/4″ (for inside of card)
  • Basic White – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and 2″ x 2″
  • Designer Series Paper – 4″ x 2 3/4″, 4″ x 2 3/4″
  • Night of Navy – 2 1/8″ x 2 1/8″

For the 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ square – ink the leaves from Artistically Ink in Granny Apple Green then roll the edges in Mossy Meadow then stamp on card stock.  Clean stamp off before repeating in all 4 corners.

Stamp the sentiment from Happiness Abounds in Night of Navy Ink on 2″ square.  Stamp small flowers from Artistically Inked in Daffodil Delight, clean stamp and repeat with Pool Party ink.

Adhere the two pieces of Designer Series Paper so the total length is 5 1/4″.  If needed, you could attach the pieces to a layer of card stock measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″ to help with alignment.  Wrap a piece of Night of Navy Bordered Ribbon where the two layers meet.   Attach to card base.

Adhere the leaf image to the base as shown on card.   Use dimensionals to attach the sentiment.

A very quick card that is sure to Wow friends and family with how gorgeous it looks.

If you haven’t tried the Rock-N-Roll technique used for the leaves, here is the video:

If you are missing any supplies to make this card, simply click on the image below to go to my On-Line store.

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Time for the Beach

Hi!  How are you?  Yesterday I posted my Top 10 must haves from the retiring Annual Catalog and already the Stamparatus and Forever Fern stamp set are sold out!   Over 50 products sold out yesterday – WOW!  If you haven’t checked out what is retiring – do it now!

Today, I have a card featuring the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder- part of my number 1 in the Top 10 yesterday.

This folder is simply stunning.  I took a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolor paper, spritzed it with water and then applied ink with a Water Pen before running it through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine to emboss it with the Seashells 3D folder.  The colors used are Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron and Sahara Sand (the last 3 are retiring this month).   The die cuts are from  the Seaside Bay die set in the January-April Mini.  The sentiment is from Happy Labels also in the Mini.  The ribbon is from the Old Olive and Sahara Sand Twill Ribbon Combo Pack.

The base of the card is Sahara Sand measuring 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and folded.  A layer of Mint Macaron (also retiring)  measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″ is matted behind the Watercolor Paper – which measures 3 3/4″ x 5″.

I love how much the By the Bay suite in the Mini coordinates with the soon-to-be retired Friends are Like Seashells products.

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My Top 10

Hi!  Well, today is the day – the Last Chance List for the Annual Catalog is now live and I thought I’d share my Top 10 (ok, so maybe I cheated a little) – I’m sad to see go and that you might want to check out:

1) Friends Are Like Seashells – Stamp Set, Dies (Seaside Seashells), and Seashells 3D Embossing Folder – I truly LOVE these 3 products and am sad to see them go.  The ability to add detail to the shells and die cut them sold me on this bundle when it first came out.

2) Stitched Greenery Die – This is a single die that leaves a subtle background and I used it for all card types – from Christmas to Sympathy to birthday – it just adds a sweet touch – whether used on an accent piece or the full background.  I think this die got overlooked by quite a few people.

3) Split Card Dies – this is another die set that I think is easy to overlook.  I know I did when the catalog first came out last year.  The lattice looking die went so well over Designer Series Paper – especially the bold ones – to give it a stunning look.

4) Forever Fern Stamp Set & Forever Flourishing Dies– I can’t tell you how many times I have used this set – it is perfect for Sympathy, Thinking of You and works in so many different color schemes.

5) Stamparatus – while I haven’t often demonstrated this on my Facebook Lives – I use this especially for mass production – from little stamps to big – it is the perfect tool for these projects.

6) Layering Circles and Stitched Rectangle Dies – these are a staple in my paper crafting and am so sad to see them go.  If you don’t already have these two sets  – grab them – you won’t regret it.  Did you know the Stitched Rectangles fit inside the Scalloped Contour die cuts?

7) Pear Pizzazz and Pale Papaya – two of my favorite ink colors.  Tho I have hope that Pale Papaya may make it back in a future color refresh.  Make sure you grab a re-inker and card stock for any of your favorites that are leaving us.

8) Nothing’s Better Than – stamps and Love You More Than coordinating dies – cookies, chocolate, coffee and cocktails – all in one set – need I say more?

9) Count On Me Stamp Set – love this set for sending encouragement to others.  Being someone on the path of surviving breast cancer, I found this set perfect for creating cards for others on the same path.

10) Happiness Abounds – such a gorgeous suite of products – from the Designer Series Paper to the font on the sentiments – I am surprised this is not carrying over.

There you have it – my Top 10 from the Annual Catalog.  If you are missing any of these in your collection, shop today!  These are all available while supplies last.

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